Monday, March 17, 2008

Menu Planning Monday

I am jumping on the bandwagon and planning to post my weekly menus here. We have decided to do weekly instead of monthly shopping and menu planning. As a way to keep better track of prices and what we spend. And also as a way to get better deals. DH is planning to help out with setting up a price guide.

So, this week I have lots of things still left in my freezer and my cupboards so I will be trying to use these up and spend less on actual groceries this week.

Monday - Pork chops with au gratin potatoes and green beans
Tuesday - Jambalaya with chicken and sausage, salad
Wednesday - Pot roast with veggies, homemade bread
Thursday - Grilled chicken with wild rice, gravy and peas
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Crock pot Vegetarian Pirogi Casserole, homemade bread
Sunday - Steak with mashed potatoes and corn, homemade rolls

So, I have ALL of the meat for this week in my freezer. I may need to pick up a few extra small steaks since we will be having company on Easter. The only things I need to buy for this week's DINNER menu are potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, salad mix and bow tie pasta.

Lunches and breakfasts are another matter entirely. I need to get several things for these meals. I also need to get eggs for Easter. And some kool Aid packs.

Right now, I have everything I need for Mon and Tues. I will do my shopping on Wednesday because DH is off of work. My list is:

10 lb bag of potatoes
3 lb bag of onions
1 bag of carrots
1 bunch celery
1 bag salad mix
Salad toppings
bow tie pasta
peanut butter
marshmallow fluff
strawberry jam
kool aid

I may end up having to add some things once I think about it more. But, that looks like it for now. I will check my coupon stash and see what I might have for this week. I sure wish I could find more coupons for things like fresh veggies. That is always a big expense.

So, what are your menu planning ideas for this week?


Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Did you actually EAT chocolate Skittles? Now you've got me curious!!

Hallie :)

Annie said...

I have no menu plans this week. Not only do I have a ton of food that I really need to use up, I'm also looking at dealing with bills on a regular basis. :D I don't want to, but I need to suck it up and get them paid. I'm even starting to pay off one old bill each for the hubby and I so the creditors stop calling lol.

Looks like a good week. My only definite this week is Corned Beef & Cabbage today (kiss me, I'm slightly Irish), and going to a friend's house on Easter so I volunteered to bring homemade mac n cheese. Easiest stuff to make, and those two refuse to do it.. but LOVE the stuff!

People never cease to amaze me.. A LOT!

We are THAT family said...

That is awesome! I felt inspired and actually started a menu for this week. Thanks for letting us all know about CVS too!

Jessica said...

I need to make my menu. It was so relieving when I did it that ONE week.

Asthmagirl said...

Tortelini tonight. Possibly lentil soup this week. Maybe chicken soft tacos? I'm really more concerned about easter. Thankfully, the Behemoth is working out great. Assuming I do a ham sunday... I guess I'd be looking at twice baked potatoes (annie's favorite!) and/or turnovers next week.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

I have been wanting to try and make jumbulya...jambylia? You know what I mean! :) But I have never even try it before....I will have to finally make it!

The Not So Simple Things In Life said...

I have tried many time to do this menu planning and I cannot for the life of me do it! Everyday when dinner time comes around I say to myself "wouldn't it be so much easier if I could just stick to a menu". I never ever know what we are having until it is time to cook. Maybe I will try it out again!

Nana The Nana said...

Your menu sounds wonderful, can't wait to get there! Some nights I just eat a bowl of cereal and toast.

Anonymous said...

I love it when I have my week planned out. I haven't done that in a while though.

We had Irish Stew last night with Beer-Cheese Bread, and enough is left over that hubby and I can have it tonight and I can make the kids homemade chicken noodle soup and maybe some biscuits on the side and everyone is happy. Mmmm - biscuits!

The rest of the week? Hmmmm - nothing planned yet.

Bina said...

Long ago, when I didn't know how to shop at the ripe old age of 18 and had just gotten married, my sister-in-law taught me how. We made menus, such as yours for the week. I really need to start doing that again instead of just going to the store and grocery shopping willy nilly (haven't used that term in a while!). Somewhere along the way, I had just forgotten all about that sytem and I'm glad you reminded me!