When the hubby and I fell off track with our finances just recently, one thing I noticed was we were wasting money by not following our menu. Each week I would prepare a menu with every intentions of following it. However, for some other reasons we would either eat something different or go out to eat. Which in turn caused me to throw some of my produce out that was purchased for those meals that we did not partake in. If I purchased some green peppers, tomatoes, green onions, potatoes, and the items cost, just say $5, then I just threw away $5. It is almost like throwing a real $5 bill away in the garbage. I do not know about you but I want that $5 bill!
Now that the hubby and I have sat down and re-figured our mistakes, we are back on track. Last Sunday we decided that we would grocery shop for the entire month of April. Before we left I decided on the items that we would need to supply enough meals for that month. I then came home and made a menu for the week. This week went pretty good. I have followed it except for two meals, which for our today dinner meal we are grilling steaks for a celebration (more details on that next week).
I have noticed that we saved some money in the last couple of weeks by using our menus. On top of that we have a good stockpile, and should only need to be purchasing dairy and some fresh produce. I feel so much better when I follow my menus; I feel so organized ;)
Do you menu plan? How do you menu plan? Do you do a monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly plan?