Wow! It's been forever since I've written a blog post with that title! And to be honest... It's been months since I've done a complete meal plan since being pregnant. I've done a few lately that included just dinner and that is about it. Really if it wasn't for my husband, we would have been living off of PB&J for every meal and snack!
I've definitely been reminded of why I choose to meal plan.
- Our grocery bill more than doubled.
- We were constantly doing the "5 o'clock panic" trying to figure out what we were going to eat.
- My husband made countless extra trips to the store for things we needed. Which contributed to the extra cost.
- We ate a lot more processed foods.
- We ate fast food a lot! Talk about expensive & unhealthy!
- Any many other reasons...
But we were in survival mode, so I don't regret it, I just know it needs to change!
While it is hard to get back into the swing of things, I know it is best. Especially with the craziness of life right now! Between moving in 3 weeks, 3 kids involved in baseball, softball & t-ball, and a baby being born in about 10-12 weeks... This is going to be necessary in order to keep some type of organization in our house.
I have not had the time to use coupons as much I have in the past, so I'm trying to make up for that in other ways. One way is I am trying to make a lot more food items from scratch. This will not only help us save money, but is also healthier! I am starting slowly with breakfasts and snacks. I am also cooking dinner more, rather buying already made food. I intend to blog about this more in the future.
Here's our meal plan for the week:
Cinnamon Apple Pie Oatmeal, Blueberry Muffins, Homemade Granola, Homemade Waffles (from the freezer), Eggs & Homemade (Frozen) Biscuits
PB&J Sandwiches, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Hard-Boiled Eggs, Cheese & Crackers and Leftovers
Pretzels, Popcorn, Raisins, Peanut Butter Bana Smoothie, Carrots, Waffles w/ Jelly & Cream Cheese, Blueberry Muffins
Monday - Dinner @ Mom's house
(T-Ball practice 5-6)
Tuesday - Fish Sticks w/ Asparagus & Mashed Potatoes
(Softball practice 5-6 & Baseball practice 4:45-8)
Wednesday - Italian Chicken w/ Asparagus & Potatoes
Thursday - Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
(Softball practice 5:30-6:30)
Friday - Leftovers
(Baseball practice 4:30-7)
Saturday - Breakfast
(Softball practice & t-ball scrimmage during the day)
Sunday - Dinner at In-law's
(Tournament during the day)
What is your biggest motivation for meal planning??? Or your biggest excuse you don't???