8 Menu Planning Tips

The Frugal Girl

Since most of us are trying not to go to the grocery store too much these days, I thought a republish of some menu planning tips could be helpful. I was going to title this, “How to plan a menu”, but there are probably a bazillion equally valid ways to go about this.

WIS, WWA | I overbought

The Frugal Girl

I made a menu plan , went to the store on Monday, and bought the things I needed for the week. Pancakes , bacon, and orange Julius were on the menu. Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. So, here’s what happened.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I guess I’ve been a little lazy!

The Frugal Girl

I made a menu plan for two week’s worth of meals, made a list, and headed to the store. Since it’s pretty easy, at my stage of life, to pop in to the grocery store here and there, I think I’ve gotten a little lazy about carefully planning my grocery trips.

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It’s been a week. But I do have a colorful Snoopy.

The Frugal Girl

The combo of just getting back from a trip (with no menu plan in hand) and then getting sick right away has made things a little wonky on the food front! Grocery Reports Menu PlansThis has been a long week for a variety of reasons, and not really my best week of cooking.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | January totals

The Frugal Girl

I’m planning to make chicken tacos on corn tortillas. Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. I spent $135 on groceries this week, which I am a little surprised at because I went to Costco. But yay me!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $199!

The Frugal Girl

I plan to use my thawed chicken to make chicken noodle soup. Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. I got a Hungry Harvest box for $25 and then I spent $174 at the grocery store. So, I’m at $199 this week, which makes up for last week’s low spending.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | groceries + Chick Fil A

The Frugal Girl

For a variety of reasons, my initial dinner plan did not work out. So, this week I made a better plan with that in mind. I’m planning to make some Cuban sandwiches. Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent.

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WIS, WWA | I’m not stocking up for the coronavirus

The Frugal Girl

Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. Actually, let’s start out with a picture of Zoe and one of our rescue cat friends. I got a $25 Hungry Harvest, I spent $39 at Panda Express, and I spent $90 on groceries. So: $154 for this week.

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WIS, WWA | I am complaining about the clouds

The Frugal Girl

Grocery Reports Menu PlansHello, frugal people! It’s been kind of dreary and rainy here, and I’m feeling a little bummed out from all the clouds. Here’s hoping for some sunshine soon!

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WIS, WWA | Some appreciation, from me to you

The Frugal Girl

As I look back on my posts, I see comment counts in the dozens and dozens on most posts, and this is a really unusual thing to see on a blog in 2020. I’m planning to make fried mush , chocolate chip buttermilk pancakes , bacon, and Orange Julius. Grocery Reports Menu Plans

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WIS, WWA | Mainly bowls!

The Frugal Girl

Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. I tried four recipes from the ATK Bowls cookbook that I patiently waited for at the library. Since it’s new and in high demand, I figured I’d better dive in and quickly see if it’s a cookbook I want to own!

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WIS, WWA | Week one of trying not to shop

The Frugal Girl

Grocery Reports Menu PlansIt’s been a weird week. No homeschool tutorial, our appointments are all cancelled, and Mr. FG has now begun working from home. Zoe and I DID leave the house to go do our shift at the cat rescue, though, because cats still need to eat.

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WIS, WWA | I cooked exactly nothing.

The Frugal Girl

Our kids really prefer Mr. FG’s French toast to mine, so of course it was on the menu while I was gone. Because I have no idea what all is in the fridge at this point and I most definitely do not have a menu plan! What I Spent.

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Butternut Squash Yeast Roll Recipe

The Frugal Girl

After those rolls showed up on our menu plan, some of you asked for the recipe link. I got this recipe from one of my aunts back when I was a teenager, and for whatever reason, I haven’t made them much of late.

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8 Irresistible Recipes for Baby Showers

Couponing 101

Menu planning can be one of the most challenging aspects of planning a baby shower. Oh, baby! A friend or family member is expecting a new bundle of joy, and that’s reason to celebrate!

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