How is meal planning coming along for you?
Let me just say, when you are large family meal planning and on a budget, your grocery bill is the first place you can do some shaving off your spending.
We are really trying to cut back on our grocery budget. There are eight of us in our home (six boys plus me and my husband). The grocery bill can add up fast!
This week I am cooking using recipes that are super cheap to make, using prepared meals that are already in my freezer, and utilizing meatless options when possible.
Let me show you what’s on the plan this week.
Large Family Meal Plan
Spanish Rice– this is a good to meal that costs me less than $10 to feed every single person in my house. It is literally brown rice, 2 cans of drained black beans, a jar of salsa and chicken broth. We top it with cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and avocados. The most expensive part of the meal is the avocados. It’s amazing and every time I make it my husband says it is one of his favorites.
SW Stuffed Sweet Potatoes– these are from a freezer meal plan from a few months ago. I grilled the sweet potatoes (wrapped in foil) so I did not have to heat the house up. Served unstuffed for kids who prefer it that way. Salad on the side.
Honey Garlic Pork Chops- these are from our August freezer meal plan. Serving with mac and cheese and a steamed broccoli.
Beans and Cornbread– super simple and super cheap. Another meal that costs less than $10 for me to serve my family of eight. I will freeze the leftover beans for burritos or chili.
Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches– served with fruit and chips. This is another freezer meal from the August plan.
Leftover Buffet- use ’em up!
What’s on your menu this week?
Meal Planning on a Budget
Right now we are trying to close on a house that is located in San Antonio. We are watching every penny we spend and being super frugal.
One thing that I absolutely love about buying my groceries online is, I do not check out and pay until the cart total is within budget. I can go in and see just how much buying store brand or off brand is going to save me opposed to name brand without holding up a line or carrying around a calculator.
If you have never given online grocery shopping a try, it is such a lifesaver for moms. I just cannot say this enough. Not only does it help me stay on budget, but I don’t have to wrangle kids while grocery shopping. I literally load up my kids, tell the Walmart app I am enroute, pull up, they come out and load me up and I am done!! You have to try it! And get $10 off your first order of $50 or more!
Make Ahead Freezer Meals
Grab our August Freezer Meal Plan and assemble seven meals in less than an hour! Perfect for back to school time!
Recipes that Won’t Heat the Kitchen
It is still super hot here in Texas. Here are 21 recipes that are perfect freezer meals for when you it’s too hot to cook. All of these recipes are made in the slow cooker, on the grill or on the stove or electric skillet. Nothing that heats up the house!