Meal Plan Friday: 6/17/2016

Meal Plan Friday

Happy Friday! Meal Plan Friday is up again today. This week I decided to mix things up. Normally I make a meal plan and shop on Friday or Saturday to get all the ingredients on my list. Not this week.

After some analyzing and number crunching, I decided to change things. If you’re the one in your family responsible for money spending, you know that frugality is a struggle. You want your family to have the best things available. Sometimes those things are very expensive, and they quickly eat away at your bank account.

Meal Plan Friday

I have read several things online about using the Cash Budget system. Cash makes me nervous. I find it far easier to spend cash than when I use a plastic card. Sounds backwards, right? Yes, I suppose my mind is a bit backwards when it comes to spending money that way. With cash-in-hand, I can see exactly what I have to spend. With my plastic cards, I have to sit and calculate how much I can spend. This extra time spent crunching numbers also gives me more time to decide whether I actually need the item or not, and many times it has pushed me to put the item back on the shelf and move on.

With all the number crunching I did, I decided I was spending far too much money on our food budget. I adopted the cash budget this week and dropped down to an amount I felt reasonable for my little family. Cash-in-hand (or pocket as it were), I headed out to do my shopping. C-Man accompanied on a trip to Aldi to spend our meager budget. Now, I admit, it’s not a small budget, but it definitely helps put my priorities back in order.

Meal Plan Friday

I found it very simple to stay under my cash budget. I kept my calculator out and added up everything I put in the cart. After returning home, I put all my groceries away and sat down to plan out the meals for next week. This actually made my planning easier because I knew what I had to work with instead of trying to figure out what I would enjoy eating later.

So, first trip with a cash budget is a success so far. Have you ever tried using a cash budget? What are your thoughts on it? Tell me in the comments below!

Meal Plan Friday

Meal Plan Friday

  • Sunday:
    • Breakfast = Oatmeal
    • Lunch = Salad
    • Dinner = Breaded Pork Chops and Green Beans (recipe coming soon)
  • Monday:
  • Tuesday:
    • Breakfast = Fruit and Yogurt
    • Lunch = Salad
    • Dinner = Nachos
  • Wednesday:
    • Breakfast = Bacon and Eggs
    • Lunch = Leftovers
    • Dinner = Pulled Pork and Fried Okra
  • Thursday:
    • Breakfast = Pancakes
    • Lunch = Sandwiches
    • Dinner = No-Peeking Peking Chicken (recipe coming soon)
  • Friday:
    • Breakfast = Sausage and Fruit
    • Lunch = Salad
    • Dinner = BBQ Chicken Drumsticks and Fried Okra
  • Saturday:
    • Breakfast = Bacon and Eggs
    • Lunch = Leftovers
    • Dinner = Chicken Alfredo and Rolls

2 thoughts on “Meal Plan Friday: 6/17/2016

  1. Keeping a family fed and happy is hard work. The budgeting, the planning, the labor involved, and the cleaning up.

    I did the cash-budget system for awhile. It really helped. Prior to that, I tried to save money but if it was something I really wanted, I’d throw it into the cart and deal with my husband complaining later. Cash really helped me because once it was out, it was out. I only used the credit card for gas and medical items. It was hard, and I ate a lot of ramen and PB&J toward the end of the month. I still have a budget I use now, but I am back using the credit card because my husband can’t resist getting 1% back.

    Love the menu, though I am now craving fried okra.

    1. I splurged a couple weeks ago and bought giant bag of frozen fried okra at Sam’s club. Have to find a way to use it!

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