About a month ago I read how Jessica from Life As Mom scheduled her menu planning by the month when she does her Once A Month Cooking. That sounded interesting at the time but a little overwhelming. This weekend we arrived at the beach for a month long stay so I decided we might as well give it a try... with a twist! I have listed two weeks worth of food from what we have on hand for the most part. The rest of the month I am going to fill in with food from sales from Aldi's, Publix, and maybe Wal-Mart. I brought a large portion of our stockpile of food with us to cut down on the cost of food while we are here. I figure with a little planning and hopefully some savvy shopping we can make our budget, if not less! Last year we dropped almost $400 on food and household needs for just one month. Let's just say that was NOT in the budget!
I think that if I go ahead and plan my meals for most of the month it will hopefully keep us in the black this month and not in the red. I am hoping to fill the blank numbered slots with dinner options that are on the cheap! So here is our plan based on the stockpile we brought and weekly groceries we will use to fill in the gaps:
2.Chili and grilled cheese
3.Pineapple chicken and potatoes
4.White Chili Chicken
5.Black bean and corn quesadiallas
6.Bean Soup and grilled cheese
8.Spaghetti and salad
9.Mesquite grilled chicken and potatoes
10.Chili and corn bread
12.Spaghetti and salad
13.Warm Oatmeal Bake and fruit
14.Black Bean and corn quesadillas
23.Spaghetti and salad
31.Spaghetti and Salad
So that is our plan! I may go a little out of order but in general I would like to stick to the plan. If you have any low cost suggestions feel free to share! I would love to hear them!