Menu Planning on a Budget

I can’t believe that it is almost Thanksgiving already!  How did that happen?  As I get older, time moves faster, and I’m not sure that I like it that much!

After we brought Lucy home last month, I realized that I needed to step up my meal planning.  Am I the only one who struggles in this area?  I hope not!  It seems like every time I make a plan for the week, it gets derailed somehow.  Mostly now it is due to the three little ones that capture most of my attention. 

Making meals is difficult when you are constantly dealing with the urgent!

We are at the point now where the meals I had prepared in advance (and were in our freezer) are now gone.  And the meals that lovely people were bringing to us have obviously stopped as well.  What is a mama to do?

I started thinking about Thanksgiving, and how there is so much money spent on that one meal.  That means that I need to try and make do with what we have in the pantry already, with a few additions of fresh fruits and veggies.  Then I remembered that I have a wonderful list of meals that I almost always have the ingredients on hand for.

It reminded me that I haven’t looked at my home binder in a while as well.

Waldorf Salad - yum!

Over the next couple of weeks I hope to spend a bit of time here talking about how we are managing to make do on a very small grocery budget, so that we can go all out for our Thanksgiving Feast!

The first tip that I have, that I have talked about before, is to eat a lot of beans. 

Rice Pudding - Recipe

Beans and eggs seem to be the main staples in our family.  Beans are easy to add to pretty much any dish; soups, stews, bean burritos, chili, beans and rice, bean dips.  The possibilities are endless.  Eggs are much the same.  I love to make stir fried veggies mixed with scrambled eggs and rice.  It is incredibly filling, cheap, and delicious!  It helps that my children absolutely love eggs – a reason we will be getting chicks again in the spring, but that is a story for another day.

What are some ways that you stretch a dollar when planning your meals?  Do you cut back the weeks before Thanksgiving to save some of that grocery budget for the holiday itself?

1 comment:

  1. Like you, we eat a lot of vegetarian based meals, soups to stretch the dollar, eggs and beans! Definitely cut back in anticipation of all the upcoming indulgences!


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