Last week we decided to try out the "freezer cooking" method. We made a menu for a month, made a grocery list covering 2 weeks worth of that month (it's a trial, remember), and then went out and spent a ton of money at three different stores.
The idea was that we'll (eventually) make a menu for a month at a time. We'd go to Sam's Club at the beginning of the month for the bulky items. Then every other week we'll head to Walmart for the items we don't need in bulk. Then once a week we'll head to Kroger for the fresh items (like fruits. We love us some fresh fruit).
So far, we're way over budget. But to be honest, it's mostly because a) we bought enough toilet paper (and other items) to last us forever. b) I bought cookie dough (and other unneccessary items). c) This is a trial, and I seriously think we will survive a long time with what we have.
This week I was supposed to only need to go to Kroger. However, I had to go to both walmart and kroger because I hadn't realized we'd run out of certain things when we did. Like face whipes.
Other than that, we are as we predicted. There's a ton of food still at our house. I imagine we will probably survive a total of 3 weeks on what I cooked versus the planned 2. With that, here's this week's menu:
Breakfast for the week includes a muffin, a banana, egg whites, and turkey bacon. And coffee, of course.
Lunch is soup and sandwiches again. It's plain but pretty healthy. And cheap.
Monday- Spaghetti with peas, corn, and rolls.
Tuesday- Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo
Wednesday- Leftover fettuccini alfredo
Thursday- Pineapple pork chops with rice and broccoli
Friday- Taco Salad
Saturday breakfast- Biscuits, eggs, bacon/sausage
Saturday dinner- Maple glazed chicken
Sunday breakfast- Waffles and fruit smoothies
Sunday dinner- BBQ Meatloaf
I'm super excited to see how this week goes, because I can already tell I've left at least 2 meals off of the menu that are already cooked. I also have lots of leftover pork chops that I have yet to use, along with lots of left over veggies. I'm predicting that the spaghetti will last 2 days, the alfredo might last 3, and the meatloaf will probably have leftovers as well. We'll just have to wait and see!
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