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 | Well, I ordered more flour

The Frugal Girl

I had planned on going grocery shopping this week, but as it turns out, I was able to make another week of meal plans with what I had in the house. Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat does it say about me that I have stockpiled more flour than toilet paper? What I Spent.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $430 (!!)

The Frugal Girl

Lisey was going to make her specialty (grilled BLTs, since it was Mother’s Day), but our day didn’t go quite as planned, and we ended up just throwing a frozen pizza in. Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. Well. I went to the store and I spent many dollars.

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WIS, WWA | I cracked because, toilet paper.

The Frugal Girl

Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. I was hoping to stay out of the stores entirely this week, but I cracked and made a quick stop in search of toilet paper (I came up dry on my last big grocery haul). Happily, I found some, so now we have a backup pack. Excellent.

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WIS, WWA | I ran out of milk.

The Frugal Girl

Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. This was not a week for a big shopping trip. After all, I spent $430 last week! I did get a Hungry Harvest delivery ( $25 ). Would I ever buy kale? Probably not. But when Hungry Harvest sends it to me, I eat it.

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WIS, WWA | absolutely no grocery shopping!

The Frugal Girl

I’m getting down toward the end of my two weeks’ worth of planned meals, so this coming week will probably involve at least a small grocery run. Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. I am very pleased to say that I did not go to the grocery store at all this week!

What I Spent, What We Ate | No Aldi for me

The Frugal Girl

It’s been a while since those were on the menu, and I’d forgotten how tasty they were. Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. I did not bother going to Aldi this week. Going there would have saved me money, yes.

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WIS, WWA | A week of meals with no shopping

The Frugal Girl

Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. I successfully avoided going grocery shopping for a two-week period. Yay me! This every-two-week shopping thing is working out better than I expected, especially now that I am getting used to it.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I bought a zillion groceries

The Frugal Girl

Grocery Reports Menu PlansAfter not going out at all last week, I did head out to the grocery store this week. mask from a box we bought back in September, for Sonia to wear to biology class on mold experiment days!).

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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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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 | Week one of quarantine!

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.

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WIS, WWA | A week of meals with no shopping

The Frugal Girl

Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent. I successfully avoided going grocery shopping for a two-week period. Yay me! This every-two-week shopping thing is working out better than I expected, especially now that I am getting used to it.

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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 | 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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Five Frugal Things | excessive mending alert

The Frugal Girl

I… made another 2 week menu plan. Let’s start with the mending, shall we? I mended a 23 year old tea towel. This is the part where I tell you about something I don’t necessarily recommend!

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How to grocery shop less often: 10 tips

The Frugal Girl

It just requires a little adjustment in your planning and execution. I should note that detailed menu planning is not the best fit for this sort of shopping. 6) Plan on spending more than you are used to.

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Five Frugal Things | I taught Z some DIY

The Frugal Girl

made another two-week menu plan. Happy Tuesday! I usually publish FFT on Wednesdays, but I’m moving things around a little this week. I helped Zoe fix holes in her wall. She had some anchors from when her dresser was on that wall, so we: removed the old anchors.

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How to Avoid Food Waste Near-Misses

The Frugal Girl

To this end, I find a menu plan to be super helpful. Some of the most thrilling moments in my fight against food waste have come in the form of creative rescues.

Parenting Pointers: Household Organization Ideas That Promote Independence in Kids

Motherhood Moments

I can include chore charts, a schedule of activities and appointments (monthly), a menu plan, a shopping list, as well as baskets for individuals to place important information, like school forms (see the point above on the ‘inbox’)! There’s nothing that promotes family unity more than both parents and kids sharing in household responsibilities.

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8 Valuable Life Skills to Teach Your Kids During Quarantine

Couponing 101

You could discuss budgeting, prioritizing, and menu planning. During quarantine, there’s so much to teach your children.

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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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