Monday, May 14, 2012

May Food Spending Week 2, Meal Plan Week 3

 Yes, the above picture is me in regards to my meal plan for the week.

All the kids are now home, plus #1 son's girlfriend.
I have no idea how or what to plan since they all seem to be moving in different directions at all times of the day and night.  I never know who will be here for which meal and I sure don't want to way over buy/make for meals and have tons of leftovers in the fridge when 2 of them leave later this week, leaving me only 1 person who actually likes leftovers still home.   sigh
And here is the meal plan that actually happened last week.....
SUNDAY--Kielbasa on rolls, Roasted Corn
MONDAY--Chicken Parmesan, Grilled Asparagus
TUESDAY--Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Sandwiches
WEDNESDAY--Not sure, scrounge what is here Night?
THURSDAY--Chinese take-out
FRIDAY--Roast Chicken, Carrots, Potatoes
SATURDAY--Beef Stroganoff, Corn on the Cob
 5 nights of new meals and 1 nights of leftovers and take-out for 1 night.

The weekly food spending was $53.86 this past week.  #2 Son requested a meal that required me to purchase meat and sour cream at full price.  I also bought potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, lettuce, corn on the cob, 6 cartons of orange juice, strawberries, eggs, ice cream and milk and all but the milk and ice cream were on sale.

I never did get to the restaurant supply store for the chicken breast deal or the 5lb. block of cheese this past week.

Value of food bought was at $90.22 so my savings rate was 40.30% for the week.   Total spending for the month to this point is $147.65.  Plenty of cash left in the budget for the rest of May.

In terms of leftovers, I'm going into this week with a big pile of Beef Stroganoff and 2 ears of corn.  We also have some leftover meats from Sunday's cook-out.
This week, it's crazy around here.  4 16-21 year old persons with 4 different schedules.  Then there is Hubs and I.

This week's menu.....

SUNDAY--Beef and/or Elk burgers and/or dogs, potato salad, baked beans, pumpkin pie
MONDAY--Leftover Stroganoff or something else they can scrounge
TUESDAY--Chicken Enchiladas
THURSDAY--Sloppy Joes, Brussel Sprouts
FRIDAY--Freezer Surprise *I clean out the back of the freezer and cook
This menu gives us 4 new meals and 2 nights of leftovers and 1 night Eating Out.
This week we have a varied number of diners depending on the night.
As for items I need to buy for this week......ground beef, rolls.
We'll be buying milk as usual, along with some fruit bars and ice cream.
Weis has some Instant and regular type Catalina deals this week(Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark).  I may or may not do them.  I am just feeling blah lately in regard to grocery shopping and deals.
Ok, I'm feeling blah about everything lately.  I just don't want to do anything....

So what is everyone else eating this week?



  1. Sun: Delivery pizza for Mother's Day (Off From Cooking)
    Mon: Venison Tips and Gravy over Pasta
    Tues: Fried Fish
    Wed: Smoked Sausage Pasta
    Thurs: Cornbread-Sausage Upside Down Casserole(???)
    Fri: Leftovers or fried egg sandwiches
    Sat: After years of menu planning practice, I have finally got it through my thick head that there's no need to plan for Saturday, as 99% of the time, we'll not stick with it anyway.

  2. I'm working on not buying food and eating what we have. In the last month I've done 2 produce/milk trips and spent about $150. Last night I made black bean and rice tacos. With the kids being mostly gone this summer, I really want to get through the bulk of what's in the house.

    I think my freezer and cupboards are emptier than they have ever been and still have several weeks worth of food.

    I am not following any kind of menu plan. I decide day by day what I'm going to make.

  3. Eating, let's see... I'm starting to get into the habit of cooking for a LOT of meals, since I only have to plan for lunch/dinner for myself. So I have some ground beef defrosting, and I'll make some with vegetables and rice, then use the leftover on penne pasta (which should take me through Wednesday). For the rest of the week, I'll have chicken made in many different ways, starting with just baked, then shredded for sandwiches, and finally as fried rice or in a salad. Yum!

  4. OOH!!! Thank you! You gave me an idea on what to have for supper! Kielbasa on hoagies.

  5. I'm feeling like you, don't feel like doing anything either. For dinner I had toast. But it was really GOOD toast :) No one eats at the same time around here so cooking is pointless. Though, on the bright side leftovers don't last long with Michael around. That's one worry I don't have. I'm just not inspired about cooking lately.

  6. I am loving your menu plan. Mine is posted on my blog.

  7. We call scrounging, fend night as inn fend for yourself!
    I'm all over the place right now with dinners. I've been trying to turn 1 dinner into 2 to save money this is helping a bit. I can't wait til summer is over and everyone is back to school. Is that wrong to say since Anna just came home and DJ isn't off yet?

  8. How about mustgo night, everything mustgo! Don't you love it when they are all home? Curling irons every where!


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