It’s probably one of the most important columns in budgeting. Mostly because it’s very easy to blow a food budget in just a few fantastic dinners out or a grocery store trip gone awry.
If you’ve done any type of budget, I’m sure you know this. And the best way to make the food budget last is to meal plan. It’s not particularly glamorous, but it is super effective and can help you be healthier, too. We all know that it’s much easier to say “eh, let’s just go out” if it’s 5pm on Tuesday and you’ve got no plan in sight- plus a husband and kids that are beginning to look like a bunch of vultures circling! However, if you have a plan ahead of time, you’ll have all your ingredients for a meal in the kitchen without having to hit the store at the last minute or bail and go out.
For me, it’s easiest to meal plan on Monday mornings. I check my flyers and coupons, write down my meals, and input any ingredients I need to buy on my grocery shopping app (the myShopi on Android, for those who are wondering). I generally hit the grocery store on Tuesday mornings because they tend to be less busy. I plan for 5 dinners, one leftover night, and one going out night. Plus, I buy staples for Max and I’s lunches.
Here’s my plan for next week:
Tuesday- Caribbean Bleu Burgers and Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
Wednesday- Reuben Stuffed Bell Peppers
Saturday- Quinoa Pasta Stir Fry
Sunday- Dinner Out
Monday- Spicy Bean and Rice Burritos
If you want to start planning, here’s a fun printable FMB Menu Plan for you to use! I’d love to hear any great plans you have for this week!