Menu Plan to help change a Bad Habit and Save Money in 30 Days

Yesterday, I shared about my family’s bad eating out habit and how I plan to fix it so we can eat healthier and save money. Have you joined us in our challenge yet?

The assignment for yesterday was for you to decide on a length for your challenge and to write down a menu plan.

3 Reasons Why You Should Have a Menu Plan

Maybe planning a menu is foreign to you. I’ll admit, it seemed like just another chore when I first started out. But don’t worry. It’s not difficult and I will give you three reasons why I think you ought to give it a try.

It saves time and gives peace of mind.

Just think about it. When 5 o’clock comes around you won’t be rummaging through your pantry and fridge trying to find ingredients you can magically turn quickly into a meal to serve your family for dinner. Instead you will be able to consult your menu in the morning and know exactly what you will be doing at meal time.

When you’re at the grocery trying to figure out what to make for dinner, you won’t be running up and down the isles frantically looking for something –  anything  – to feed your family. You will calmly put the items on your shopping list in the cart knowing that you have a plan.

It saves money.

Once you’ve established your menu, check your list of ingredients needed with what you already have in store. Then make a list of items you will need to pick up at the grocery store. {For our challenge that shopping list will hopefully be very short. Remember, we’re trying to use ingredients we already have at home!}

This will save you tons of money (if you stick to your list!). You won’t be tempted to over buy, which leads to waste.

It helps you make healthier choices.

When you have a menu plan you won’t be tempted to head to a fast food joint. My husband and I are working on losing weight. Having a menu plan helps me choose recipes that are nutritious, low in calories and that won’t sabotage our weight loss efforts. Knowing what’s for dinner also helps us determine our calorie intake for the rest of the day.

My Menu Plan for the Week

Here’s what we plan on eating this week. I will post a few recipe reviews later on this week, since we are trying out several new ones.

Breakfast

Choice of:

  • cereal
  • piece of fruit
  • yoghurt
  • scrambled eggs

Lunch

Choice of:

  • peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • meat and cheese sandwich
  • fresh veggies
  • yoghurt
  • fruit
  • dinner leftovers

Dinner

:: Man-Pleasing Chicken with mashed potatoes and cucumbers

:: Orange Chicken with rice and salad

:: Teriyaki Chicken with rice and cucumbers

:: Spaghetti & Meatballs with carrots and cucumbers

:: Chilli with cornbread muffins

:: Turkey burgers with carrots, cucumbers and grapes

:: Lazy Day Stew

Assignment #2

Now that your menu plan is in place, here’s your next assignment: Go through your pantry, fridge, freezer, etc. and take an inventory of all the food you have in your home. I’ll let you know what I find on Friday.

You might wonder why we didn’t do this first. Well, I wanted to get started with eating healthy and saving money right away.

What meals did you put on your menu for this week?

 

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