Diligent Meal Planning and Budgeting
Do you know how to meal plan? Do you know how to budget for groceries?
I am a woman on a mission. If you have followed this blog at all you know that my overall mission is to be more DILIGENT about how I do everything I put my hand to in this life. I long to live Colossians 3:17 as my daily goal, ” Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
Even though it is a general mission, to “do all in the name of the Lord”, it is not any less powerful when it is applied specifically to daily activities in my life. This year, I actually seek to take on several “mini” missions that fall into this one.
Spending less on groceries.
Let me describe my normal grocery routine:
I write a menu on Thursday; I go grocery shopping on Friday. We occasionally use the menu to prepare menus through the week. That’s what my pre-Chronic Lyme routine looked like. Now the routine is, go shopping on Friday. Spend the two-week grocery budget. One week later we all act like nothing is in the house.
What exactly is wrong with this? Uh – no menu, much less one that makes use of my OVERFLOWING pantry! I tend to menu (when I menu) what we all prefer to eat – so I end up purchasing a lot of food when there is perfectly good food in my pantry and freezer already. I am determined to change this.
So, going forward, I am going to spend very little on groceries. I am going to write menus using what I have in my freezers and my pantry. I am using the tips, ready-made meal plans, and recipes from the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle. I will also be using my subscription to SidetrackedSarah’s Freezer to Slow Cooker meals (we’ve already found some awesome faves). These ready-made meal plans are a HUGE help when I am struggling with brain fog or am just too worn out to think about what we are going to eat for the next two weeks.
Do you have trouble with too much food but acting as though there is nothing to eat in the house?
When I read Proverbs 31:11-20 I am reminded that this woman had a plan for bringing food into the home – for her family AND for the needy. Menu planning, garden planning, researching healthy foods on a budget – all fall into this area where I need to improve. For this year, I am working to “redeem the time” (Eph. 5:16) by being more diligent about our meal planning and prep.
Keeping an eye on how much is being spent is part of the deal too. Menu planning is one way to keep from overspending. Creating a grocery budget is another. Everydollar has a great post for getting started.
How do you budget for groceries? Weekly? Monthly?
So that’s my plan – shop my own pantry and freezer FIRST. Make a menu from recipes I have on hand from RealPlans and the Meal Planning bundles (I got last year’s too, just didn’t use it like I should have. Ugh.) Keep to a grocery budget.
Share your favorite tip or go-to recipe in the comments!