And couponing round 1.
So, in recap, the freezer cooking worked SWELL! So I thought I'd give it a go again, only this time for 3 weeks (to close out the month).
So, step 1- I decided to try couponing as well.
It was a miserable failure. For various reasons-
#1- I don't have newspapers. Only the circulars they deliver every now and then.
#2- I dropped a few of my coupons in store... Oops.
#3- My printer decided to turn satanic and spew out 200 pages of coupons, wasing tons of ink and paper. Along with time and dignity... How does that look when I tell husband I'm trying to save money? Oh and the coupons... They were repeats. A lot of them.
#4- I gotta learn my grocery stores.
Step 2- buy groceries. MISERABLE FAILURE
I went to 4 stores. FOUR. That is like... way too many, people. I first went to Aldi. I've heard raves. I was disappointed. I think it might just be my aldi, though, so I'll probably research and try again. They barely had anything. I spent $14. I then went to Meijer. Again, raves on prices. And cheap chicken. I was actually able to buy most of the items I needed. And in truth, I think I saved money merely because of Meijer. But either I don't know the store well (I don't) or they just suck sometimes because they didn't have some certain items I needed. Like egg whites. Or Bob Evans Mac N Cheese. And Green Peppers (who sells produce without green peppers? Maybe I missed them somewhere). So the remaining 2 stores (walmart and kroger) were my solution to the missing items.
It was a frustrating day, but I will improve. And if I had more than 3 coupons I probably would have saved more. In the end I was still over budget, but by way less than normal.
So step 3- Prepare. I passed this with flying colors.
I made a list of all the food that needed to be made. I marked off items that had to be made fresh the day of. I then made 4 lists of what needed to be done- prep work, cooking (stove top), baking (oven), and assembly. In each one I numbered them in a reasonable order. Then, I took my 4 lists, and combined them into 1 big list in a numbered order. I tried to guestimate how much time each would take and lay out a plan that wouldn't overwhelm me at some points but leave me waiting on a timer at others.
Step 4- execute. And execute I did. It was smooth, easy, and QUICK! 3 hours for 3 weeks (not counting thanksgiving!).
Monday- Maple Glazed Chicken with rice, carrots, and green beans
Tuesday- Spaghetti with rolls, corn, and peas
Wednesday- Leftover spaghetti
Thursday- Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, and Green beans with a mushroom gravy
Friday- Leftover pork chops
Saturday breakfast- Cinnamon Rolls, Eggs, Fruit smoothies
Saturday- Leftover pork chops (we love this meal. It's our fave).
Sunday breakfast- Biscuits, eggs, sausage (or bacon)
Sunday dinner- Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots
AND I'm linking up here. Sorry this post is so long!