I’m kind of a obsessive compulsive budgeter now. I have a monthly budget that I break down by every two weeks. This budget includes our food budget for the month.
So, each saturday morning, I plan our menu for the week. I used to try to plan 2 weeks of dinners, but I found that our schedule changes so much it’s hard to plan that far in advance. I grocery shop once a week, usually on saturdays, and it’s been pretty easy to manage the budget this way.
I keep breakfast simple with cereal and rice milk. Lunches are usually leftovers, or I budget to get something from the food court (usually Willy’s since they have vegan friendly options) every now and then.
I usually cook dinner, unless we have plans to go out, or I just don’t feel like cooking, but we are trying to cut back on eating out a lot. I think we are doing pretty good.
So, this is what’s for dinner this week:
Sun – Chana Palak Masala (Happy Herbivore Cookbook)
Mon – Lasagna Rolls
Tues – leftovers (I have Yoga and Dallas works late)
Wed – Eat Out
Thurs – BBQ Beans & Rice (because the pantry is getting low on items, and this is yummy)
Friday – D has plans. I’m babysitting my adorable nephew. I’ll figure out something to eat at my sister’s house.
Saturday – Grocery shop and figure out another week of meals!
How do you plan your weekly meals? What systems work best?