I have been publicly meal planning successfully for almost three and a half years here on Crystal & Co. Without a meal plan my family would not have supper together at the table. It is essential for me to ensure that we stay out of the drive thru lines.
Do I ever fail. Absolutely. We all get sidetracked. But, I created a how to meal plan method that I stick to and it brings me success over and over again week after week.
One of the things I encourage you to do so you can save money on your grocery bill, is to always shop your pantry, freezer and fridge first so that you know what you have on hand and you do not over-shop or under-shop. There is nothing more irritating than to prepare a meal and realize you did not have everything on hand and you should have grabbed a certain ingredient at the grocery store. There is also nothing more ineffective when it comes to saving money than to buy duplicates of items you already have at home in your pantry.
With meal planning, you should be saving time and money at the store.
Save Money on Your Grocery Bill
Something new I am offering here at Crystal & Co., each Monday is the Target Weekly Ad so you can shop the circular to save even more on your grocery bill. This also includes printable coupons that can be used at Target to save as much money as possible.
I know that many folks also find Walmart to be a great place to grocery shop as well. So we are offering a weekly round-up of Deals at Walmart that are $1 or Less.You read that right. There are so many things you can get at Walmart for less than a buck every week.
Again, these posts include printable coupons and deal scenarios. It is my goal to help make meal planning as simple as possible for you and save your family some money in the process.
Ready to see the easy recipes I am feeding my family this week?
Crockpot Chili Grape Chicken– served over coconut rice with an easy side salad. There is a recipe where you take meatballs or smoked weenies and cook them in the crockpot with chili sauce and grape jelly. I am going to try cooking chicken this way in the crockpot. I am thinking it is going to be very tenderized and savory sweet. If the recipe comes out well it will be in my upcoming eBook that shares 21 Easy Recipes.
Crockpot Chicken and Noodles– served with fresh fruit, carrot sticks and dinner rolls.
Sheppards Pie– this is an all in one meal.
Cheesy Chicken Salsa Skillet– so good! I love how quickly this all in one meal comes together!
Leftover Buffet- use ’em up!
More Meal Planning Resources
This week when you cook dinner Instagram your photo and hashtag it with #howtomealplan. I would love to encourage you to repeat dinnertime success over and over again all week long! I cannot wait to see what you’re cooking!
Want more meal planning inspiration or ideas? Check out OrgJunkie where hundreds of bloggers share their meal plans every Monday.