Taking a Food Inventory

A food inventory is ALWAYS my first step in meal planning. Before looking at Pinterest. Before looking at my Meal Categories binder. Before thinking of any meals. "That will take forever!!!" you are probably thinking. BUT. If you are consistently doing this method and using up your inventory, this doesn't take long AND you are... Continue Reading →

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How I Shop The Ads

I have 3 main goals when I look through the ads. Find ingredients that I need for the meals I came up with from my inventory sheet. Check for staples we always have around the house that may be on sale. Things like salsa, bread, certain produce my kids love, etc. Look for great deals... Continue Reading →

Meal Planning Made Easy

How many times have you stared at a blank sheet of paper trying to plan meals but the same meals come to mind? This happened to me so often...probably every week! Luckily, sometimes I wrote down our meals in my planner, so I would flip back through. I wasn't consistent so it only helped a... Continue Reading →

Easy Burrito Bowls

I am always looking for meals that my kids will eat without complaining. Don't get me wrong, they're really good eaters and eat almost everything I cook.  But having 3 kids, the chances of at least one person not liking the meal are pretty high. One of my girls doesn't enjoy Mexican, so I was... Continue Reading →

Mid-Month Meal & Grocery Planning

My goal going into part-time work was to cut our grocery bill in half. On You Need A Budget, I noticed it was the 3rd highest spending category so I changed the way I shopped for groceries.  At the beginning of September, I detailed how I only spent $151 for two weeks.  Here, I will... Continue Reading →

Cauliflower Rice + Chicken & Veggies

A few weeks ago, I found a fun section at Walmart next to the frozen vegetables. There was riced cauliflower, zucchini spirals, carrot spirals, and more! I grabbed a few packs, having no clue what I would do with them. This week, I used the riced cauliflower with some things I had on hand. Ingredients:... Continue Reading →

2 Weeks of Produce

When I tell people I shop for 2 weeks, there is almost always a question about the products. Do I have enough for a 2nd week? Do I have to go back to get fresh? How do I make it last 2 weeks? Here are the fruits and vegetables I have left from my September... Continue Reading →

Ham & Cheese Pinwheels

Here is a quick, easy recipe with 4 ingredients that you can enjoy as an appetizer or main meal with sides. Ingredients Ham Swiss Cheese Pillsbury Crescent Dough Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel seasoning (Purchase here!) Directions Roll out the dough. Sprinkle with seasoning. Place a layer of meat on the dough. Place a... Continue Reading →

2 weeks + Family of 5 Eaters = $151 Grocery Bill

When I switched to working part-time, I revisited our budget several times to see where we could cut back. One category that was always extremely high was the grocery bill. At an average of $800/month, groceries was the third highest spending category - just after mortgage and daycare. I've always wanted to use the ads, compare prices, and... Continue Reading →

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