I don't know about you, but meal planning and grocery shopping just isn't my most favorite task. My sweet husband is actually a big help here because he doesn't mind running to the grocery store for the necessities. We try to meal plan for about two weeks ahead and make about two big grocery trips a month and just weekly trips to our local grocery store for the necessities, mainly milk because we drink a lot of it around here. No lactose intolerance for us! While some people may not mind shopping around at a bunch of different stores to try to get the best deals, I just don't ever have the time (or energy) for that. My goal is to try to do a one stop shop and save as much money as I can while buying the healthiest options for my family. For us, we have found that Target works best for us utilizing their Red Card savings and Cartwheel app for discounts. The bigger the shopping trip the more you save, and we average about $20.00 in savings with those options. I am not a coupon-er. I think couponing usually means you buy a lot of stuff you don't need. Meal planning also gets a little tough when the kids' schedules are very busy with sports and other activities. Both Evan and Brody are starting a new soccer season so that means weekly practices and games on different nights of the week. Sometimes, that will mean the necessity of eating out more than I would like, but we try to go to places that offer healthier options as well as discounts such as kids' eat free specials.
Here is what our meal schedule will look like for the next two weeks:
Monday - gluten free pasta
Tuesday - taco bake
Wednesday - Evan's soccer practice and dinner after at Zaxby's for $1.00 kids' meals and some free fun for kids
Thursday - Brody's soccer clinic and dinner at Smithfield's Chicken & BBQ
Friday - Steaks and potatoes on the grill
Monday - crock pot stew beef and rice
Tuesday - Evan's soccer practice and dinner at Moe's Southwest Grill for kids' eat free
Wednesday - pork chops and potatoes
Thursday - Brody's soccer clinic and dinner at Chick-fil-a
Friday - Hamburgers and Hot Dogs on the grill
I hate that there are so many eat out days, but we can feed our family of four (not counting Mattox yet) reasonably healthy meals for around $20.00 at those places thanks to the special deals. Sometimes, it is just necessary.
I thought I would share some of the grocery items we are loving lately as I know I love finding and trying new options that may work for our family.
Happy shopping and eating! What are you loving to eat lately? By the way, I write all of this while eating take out pizza. That's our usual Sunday evening fare. Ha!