Grocery WoesPosted: March 21, 2012
As some of you know, I’ve been having issues with our grocery budget. I have tried going to Aldi’s to shop but have found that while the one in my town has some useful things, it doesn’t have everything. Which is fine—I just got to Wal-Mart for the rest of our stuff. I’ve also been hitting up the dollar store for cleaning supplies and some hygienic items as I don’t really notice a difference in the quality of either of those groups. Well, the packaging might be a bit dinged up but I’m not really trying to impress anyone with my Windex (or glass cleaner as the case may be).
I also try to come up with some general meal plans for two weeks. But I know some people can really narrow it down—maybe the days will change but they know that they are having roast chicken with mashed potatoes and a salad. I however know that we will be having some sort of chickeny dish with some sort of side. And that is true for most of my two week meal planning. There are some exceptions—we plan a larger meal on Sundays. For instance this last weekend my guy made a huge pan of rigatoni and we had that and some nice salad. Then I had it for lunch for the next two days and we ate some leftovers on Monday. And it lasted just long enough that I didn’t get sick of it.
My problem stems in the days other then Sundays or our date nights (sometimes if we just do yummy Chinese we can do two or three date nights) is that I know what type of meat we have in the freezer and what we have for sides, but I don’t generally have a clue as to what type of dish I’m actually doing until the night before. And sometimes I’ll just pull out the meat and decide what to do as I’m cooking. Or (when I’m really tricky) I’ll just tell my guy to make something using the meat that’s pulled out and my suggestion to him is to make it yummy. (And isn’t that just the greatest suggestion of all time? And yes, I know it’s horrible but that’s all I have sometimes)
So my new plan is to design a meal plan for one week and the other week I will do what I’m doing currently. Why not do two weeks? I figure it will be easier if I start off with one week and move from there. And I actually want to do the meal plan right-breakfast, lunch and dinner. Challenging for me? Yup but I think I can handle it.
Do you have any suggestions? How do you do it? Right now I write my grocery list around the ideas of what we *could* eat but I think I can fine tune that, don’t you?