It seems like the weeks fly by and the good intentions of things that I wanted to get done are still not complete. I decided that each week, I’d share a “good habit” that I’m wanting to try to master in hopes that we can create them together.
One of the things that I really need to focus on right now is putting together a Weekly Menu Plan. It’s so amazing at how much money and time I save when I sit down and do this. I like when suppertime comes around and I’m not asking myself, “What should I make for supper?” but instead, that supper’s already defrosting or in the crockpot almost ready to be dished out.
There are several ways to create a menu plan but I’ve found the most savings by first seeing what I have on hand then checking sales ads for great deals and then finding recipes we like that use those items. The goal is to try to use the most items you have in your stockpile and needing the fewest things at the store. (Then you can use the remainder of your grocery budget on building up your stockpile with the best deals that week.)
My menu planning is going to be a little unique from Spring through Fall as I’m going to be basing it on what’s in season at the Farmer’s Markets. This is how I’m working Organic foods into our meal plans at the best price. Buying what’s in season, whether at the Farmer’s Markets or Grocery Stores, helps you save money and you tend to get really fresh veggies since most are just recently picked. I’m also finding some new foods that I’ve never tried and branching out into new recipes.
If you are looking for a great website to help you with Menu Planning, I recommend I’m an Organizing Junkie. Every Monday, she hosts a linky where several people will link up their menu plan and recipes. She also has Menu Planning Resources with several tools to get you started.
I’m hoping that you’ll join me this week in taking time to create a menu plan for the week. Love to hear your progress!