Meal Planning or go with the flow!?

A common question I get asked often is: How does your family plan your meals!?Are you the family that shops for what you are cooking the same day and make everyday or other day trips to grocery store?Are you the family that shops 1 time a month and stock piles everything?Or do you shop a few times a month for your meals?Do you even cook!? Or is it can/cold stuff/boxed/microwaved (is microwaved mean cooked!?) every night for dinner?...more

Make Meal Planning a Cinch With This DIY Menu Board

One of the best things I have found on Pinterest is how to make a menu board. Every Sunday night, I had to suffer through weekly meal planning, which took way too long! So when I found this menu board from the Creative Mama blog, I knew I had found something wonderful! This board has made my life so much easier. For a homemaker, this has been the best time-saver to grace my kitchen thus far. Let me show you how to make your own too. ...more
@sugartotmom  Thanks! We'll check it out :)more

Family Dinners and Small Kids

I was moved by this question on Casual Kitchen - Ask CK: Finding Time to Cook…With Small Children. ...more
Luckily I am a work-from-home-mom BUT squeezing in healthy dinners is still a challenge. I ...more

My Menu for the Week on a Super Tight Budget

 This week is a tight one.  I had just $50 to spend on groceries.  We are a family of 5 and three of us are teenagers!  How in the world do I do this?  I took a deep breath and Emily and I headed to Wal-Mart to get groceries.  I didn’t even have coupons to take so this would be a serious stretch of the imagination.  But I knew we could do it! ...more

Shrewd Food: Tips to Save Time, Money & Energy on Meal Planning, Prep

My hubby recently got an email from the student loan office. They are compiling a med student cookbook with inexpensive recipes and money-saving tips for food budgets. It has gotten me thinking about the things I have done to better manage our food bill and waste. As a stay-at-home Mom, I most often contribute financially by saving money through efficient household management—and one of the biggies in that department is food!...more
Thanks for the wonderful ideas! I've just started to meal plan, but feel extra motivated after ...more

It's A Plan!

A meal plan, that is...Weekly Meal Plan: July 29 - August 4Sunday:  Kung Pao chicken w/ brown rice and egg rollsMonday: Buffalo Chicken SaladsTuesday:  Breakfast for DinnerWednesday:  PastaThursday:  Bbq chicken, quinoa or brown rice, veggiesFriday:  TBD (grocery day)Saturday:  Subs (originally posted @ This is My Day Job)...more

Meal Planning and Cutting Costs, Not Quality

This is the time of year when I know I can save money on groceries because it is time for soups, stews and casseroles. My goal is to do this using seasonal, fresh produce, local meats and food preserved throughout the summer months. My grocery list will supplement what I have at home and purchase through the Farmers Market. My goal is to spend a maximum of $150 a week....more

What’s for dinner?

I think one of the worst part about nearing the end of the day is the “what’s for dinner” mystery. The last thing I ever want to do at the end of the day is to figure out what I want to make that evening, and hope I have everything in the refrigerator to make it.What if I told you a way to stop this nightly battle once and for all?...more

Meal Planning: How to Make it Easy and Affordable

Over the last few weeks, I've had several conversations with different people about meal planning, and I thought I would share how I make it work. ...more

We make a menu for the week and stick to it. I find that baking a chicken is a great way to ...more

Is your grocery spending in line with that of others?

One of the reasons I'm super-conscious about food budgets is because I used to do social services casework. More specifically, I handled Food Stamps cases (although "stamps" are obsolete in most places that's what most people recognize the program as). ...more

I found this so interesting - we are a family of 4 and I try to spend $100 a week. We don't buy ...more