Once again, I sit here planning my menu. Not because I want to cook in advance... it's because this cuts down on impulse spending and last minute scrambling for food, which often turns into an expensive endeavor.
I've got to feed a family of six, including two teenage boys, every meal, every day of the week (plus random guests and friends). Some of you have bigger households, and some have smaller households, but for any household looking to reduce expenses, I believe having a plan makes a HUGE difference and can really help everyone spend a little (or a lot) less.
This week is a minimal grocery shoping week for me, as I want to make room in the freezer and I realized there are too many random odds and ends piling up in there.
So this is a mostly pantry challenge type menu! I'm planning suppers, but of course we'll eat breakfast - probably oatmeal/muffins/branflakes/fruit and lunches will be sandwiches or leftovers from other days' suppers.
Sunday - Pasta Two Ways (wheat free pasta with tons of sauteed veggies, and traditional baked ziti for those who eat wheat and dairy), salad
Monday - Shabbat leftovers embellished with freezer findings
Tuesday - Smorgasbord of freezer findings
Wednesday - Soup using freezer findings, tuna and seaweed patties (chick pea fritters for the ones who won't eat fish), baked potatoes (I've had a bag of seaweed sitting here for a while, time to use it!)
Thursday - leftovers from the week or more pasta and veggies
Do you menu plan? I'd love to hear your thoughts about this tactic!