This month we are conducting an experiment to see if we can spend less money on groceries. Usually we go to the store about once a week. I am still following the Weight Watchers plan, so I try to eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. That normally means that I buy enough to last us a week or a little more. However, I have been wondering if this is the smartest way to go shopping.
For the month of February, Jon and I are conducting an experiment. As a wife and woman on Weight Watchers I feel it is my responsibility to plan out our meals. So, I made a menu for us for the entire month of February. I am talking breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
|I wrote everything out on a calendar that I found for free at Tip Junkie. Then I taped this list to our fridge.|
|I wrote out a meal list as well, so that if we need to be flexible with our meals we can be.|
After making my list, I researched each recipe to find out what ingredients I already had and what I needed to buy from the store. I made a shopping list of everything that we would need for the entire month. I knew that fresh produce would not last four weeks, so I made two more lists of fruits and veggies. The first list we purchased last night at the store and the second list we will use for a very small trip to the store in about two weeks.
I also did some research to find out how much canned and frozen fruits and veggies would cost. I thought, maybe we can start buying more of that to tide us over until the next time I go to the store for fresh produce. We will see how it works out, like I said it is an experiment.
I think that we will be able to save money this month only if we are able to stick to the menu. It took a lot of time to plan everything out, but if it will save us money then I think it is worth my time. What do you think? We will save money this month? How do you plan your meals each month? I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and feedback.
For those of you who would like to know what Jon and I will be eating the entire month of February, I have made a complete list below.
February Meal List
Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
Seven Layer Dip
Spaghetti & Meat Sauce
Steak & Potatoes with onion
Easy Beef Enchiladas
Chicken & Rice
Skinny Sloppy Joes
Weight Watchers Strawberry Pie
Chocolate Chip Cookies