Monday, April 14, 2014

One of my better ideas...

Hey Guys!

Long time, no see... I thank you guys for being so patient with us while we adjust to life with a newborn. We do have a story, but that's for another time.

Today we are going to discuss one of my better ideas. One of my goals for 2014 was to be better about grocery shopping and meal planning. We spend a disgusting amount on take out. I admit that it is my biggest weakness, I am COMPLETELY addicted to take out. The ease and all those yummy-ummy chemicals just make me oh so happy.

BUT, given the fact that I've been off work for eight weeks, the maternity leave account is weaning off and we are making every penny stretch all that much further.

May I present: Broke Ass Meal Planning.

There are a million different ways to meal plan- they all piss me off. Why? I hate going to ten different places in my kitchen for the same thing. I also tend to grocery shop when the mood strikes me, then I forget what I bought, and then we get take out.

Oh, and weird thing of mine, I hate sunday-saturday calendars. Who grocery shops on Sunday? Not me, that means my meal plans are off several days.

So, in a random trip through World Market with my mom, I found these days of the week pins (not avail. online) and I thought they would be perfect for some meal planning.

I bought some magnets with adhesive on the back and combined the two. BAM. Magnetic meal planning.


Then, to make things even easier, I bought color coded note cards- each of them I've categorized into beef, pork, veggie, chicken, etc.

I'm in the process of putting all of our recipe cards onto these color coded, AND I'm taking it a step farther and I'm including the grocery list and possible side dishes. This means, when I open up the grocery flier and see chicken is on sale, I pull out all my chicken cards, decide what's for dinner, add them to my grocery list, then I add them to my pins!

BOOM.

Menu Planned.

Be impressed.


I like that I can move the days to where we actually have shopped on and we can add the "date night" right onto the menu.

Oh, and when I change my mind on something I can just move it to a different day.


How do you guys meal plan?

7 comments:

  1. I like it! It looks really doable :)

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  2. I know the feeling... i'm also just learning to meal-plan. I don't really cook every day because my husband does not come home for lunch, so i cook 2 or 3 times a week and have enough leftovers for the days i don't cook.
    Mondays i search the internet for yummy easy to make stuff and go grocery shopping. On weekends normally my husband cooks something out of all the stuff we bought and didn't use so it doesn't go bad. I know it's not a perfect system, but it has potential :-)

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  3. Nice! I like how you can switch the cards and change your mind and no one will ever know you're not sticking to the plan ;)

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  4. That is so great! I love how flexible they are, so if you aren't 'in the mood' for whatever you planned, you can do an easy switcharoo.. although in my house my cards would read something like "taco bell" "mcDonalds" "Pizza night" "something frozen I just need to reheat" ;)

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  5. I seriously love this idea for meal planning! I am bad about, if I am not in the mood for something I cannot eat it, so meal planning is hard for me to do but your idea is so much easier!

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  6. Meal planning? What is this thing you speak of? Lol great ideas you have here! Lately, I feel like we are in a rut with our meals. Time to go back to my pinterest pins and get some new and fresh meal ideas!

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