What’s For Dinner (No. 127)

Menu Plan

I normally cook between three to five meals a week but lately I’ve been cooking meals that don’t stretch as far or that David’s been taking in his lunch the next day.  So this week I have SIX meals on the menu.  Oh, and they’re pretty much gluten free. And just for kicks, at the end of this post, I’m including photos of my actual menu and my grocery list. 1- Foil-Packet Chicken Puttanesca … [Read more...]

How to Go OVER Budget at the Grocery Store

Shopping List

I spend a lot of money at the grocery store.  That’s because: We eat nearly all of our meals at home. My husband always takes his lunch and several snacks to work every day. My husband likes to eat and eat well. I feed other people frequently. My grocery budget includes household items like cleaners, pet food (for one large dog and a cat), diapers for the grandkids, makeup, etc. I … [Read more...]

How To Whittle Down a Grocery List That’s Too Expensive


So you made your grocery list.  You added it up.  And it was $50 more than you budgeted.  Uh oh.  What now?!  When that happens to me, as it does frequently, here’s what I do to get it where it needs to be: 1.       Look for items you can put off until another week.  I had several items on my list this week that were getting low but weren’t out yet.  So I skipped them for a savings of … [Read more...]

My Weekly Grocery Shopping Routine


My grocery shopping process actually starts when I get home from the store and after I’ve put everything away.  I get out a new grocery list form (Franklin Covey Menu Planner or sometimes my own form - see download below) and put it on the refrigerator.  I immediately go ahead and start filling it out.  I include things like:           Items I buy every week           Items I know I’ll need … [Read more...]

Menu Planning Doesn’t Have To Give You a Headache: Tips For Making It Easier

menu plan

Make a list of meals your family likes to eat and you like to cook and make your menu using that list. Subscribe to one of the menu planning services or look at one of the blogs with meal plan samples. Organizedcook.com Dinnertool.com foodformyfamily.com Don’t plan too many labor intensive dishes for one meal. Make it easy sometimes – frozen pizza. If you have time and the desire to … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Save $ at the Grocery Store Without Using Coupons

sale flyers (2) edit

Groceries are expensive and getting more expensive all the time!  These days there are lots and lots of articles about ways to save money on groceries using coupons.  In fact, there are entire websites devoted to updating you on sales and providing coupons for you to use. But what if coupons aren’t your style?  If you still want to save money, here are ten ways you can: Shop the sales.  … [Read more...]

Countdown to Christmas: Grocery Shopping


If you haven’t done your grocery shopping yet, you should probably think about doing it very soon since Christmas is only two days away and cooking should probably begin sooner than later! I went grocery shopping yesterday which is my regular grocery store day.  I don’t normally do any special holiday grocery shopping.   My routine is to go to the grocery store the same day each week and I … [Read more...]