December 21, 2010
Meal Planning Meltdown
i usually spend around $225 per trip. that includes groceries for 2 weeks and household products, including pull ups, paper products and personal care products. right now, i'm trying to figure out how to shave a little more off of that total. i'm trying to teach george to start using the potty (the new baby will use cloth diapers), we only buy paper plates for large family gatherings, i've already cut our paper towel use in half. as far as food goes, i don't buy many ready-to-eat foods. i don't make our bread products too often, like i should, so i buy those. i think that's about all, though. i don't buy convenience food. everything we eat takes time to make. i buy ingredients, not meals. the same goes with snacks. occasionally, i will buy some fruit snacks or a bag of pretzels, but not very often. sometimes, i look at ads and go to different stores to get a bargain, but since i started buying more store brands and less name brands, they don't really help me too much. the same is true with coupons. they are good for some things, but you don't find too many coupons for staples, like milk, eggs and flour.
so, the question remains. what else can i do? now that it's cold outside, i have incorporated more soups and pastas in our meals because they're cheap, warm and comforting. one of our problems is that a couple of the kids are pretty picky and, truth be told, i am too, though not as bad as the kids.
DO YOU PLAN YOUR MEALS?
DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT BUDGETING OR MEAL PLANNING?
I'M DYING TO KNOW IF THE AMOUNT I SPENT IS COMPARABLE TO WAT OTHERS SPEND. DO YOU THINK IT'S TOO MUCH? DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OR RESOURCES THAT COULD HELP?