I thought that this was going to be really tough for me, because alas, I am not a meal planner and I was saying how like to eat what I feel like eating when I feel like eating it
Well, screw that. Meal planning was actually a lot of fun. And one rationale really hit me and I posted it on our community blog earlier this month,
Clearly, my first goal in January – to make drinking more water part of my routine – was a should and my results were mediocre, at best. Meal planning is actually something I wanted to try and I can confirm how much more effort and energy I put into the achievement of this goal. I’d even go there and say my Feburary goal was a full success!
J and I sat down every Saturday morning to plan the meals for the following week. (Saturday mornings, because we usually do most of our weekly shopping on Saturdays.) It worked out pretty well and we mostly stuck to our plans. Sometimes we moved the dishes around during the week (which I think is fine, because it doesn’t change anything about the grocery list) depending on what we felt like eating or what J was able to prepare without my help, ha!
One thing I found to be helpful in more than one way was the fact that we tried to plan for 1-2 meals that we could easily whip up from our pantry staples or dismiss for that matter. Once or twice we had so many leftovers that we decided to skip the planned meal and eat up what we had. Other times, we weren’t really hungry and had sandwiches instead.
Putting a little flexibility into your meal plan without the risk of ending up wasting food seems to be a good idea when meal planning.
In regards to the questions that I had asked if a) we wasted less food, and if b) we saw a change in my monthly grocery bill, I can say that a) we didn’t waste any more or less food than before and b) we spent about $50 less this month, although I am not sure that this was because of our meal planning. Our grocery bill fluctuates a bit each month.
Which leads me to one more question (or two): How much do you guys spend on groceries per month and how often do you eat out?
I posted this question on Twitter yesterday and was shocked to hear how much – or better, how LITTLE – other people seem to spend on groceries. I know we live in California and everything is a tad more expensive here, but come on. Tell me your secrets, people.
WHAT do you eat? WHERE do you buy?
I think it isn’t possible to live on $200 worth of groceries (for two) a month, or is it?
How do you do it? Do you eat ramen every other night?
I admit, I don’t really budget budget my grocery shopping, but I also don’t think that we buy outrageous amounts of expensive, unnecessary foods.
Mmh, maybe budgeting should be one of my future monthly goals this year. I’d like to add though that I hardly ever eat out for lunch (only when we do a group lunch maybe once a month) and that we only eat out for dinner once a week (if that). That should count for something.
Some of our meals this month:
Salad • pasta-veggie-casserole • flank steak with baby potatoes and wax been salad
chicken burritos • burgers • Jägerschnitzel with oven fries and cucumber salad
tomato salad • potato-veggie-casserole • tomato-cheese-sandwich
How did this month go for you?
Did you succeed or have a hard time with the goals you set for yourself?
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