Thrifty Thursday – August 27

Yay my jury duty is over! We went in for like an hour this morning to make our decision and luckily we were all basically on the same page. Glad I won’t have to worry about it again for at least another three years.

Today I’m writing about how I meal plan. As long as I’ve been cooking for my boyfriend now husband, I’ve always planned out what I’m cooking for the week and grocery shopped accordingly. There’s nothing worse than the whole “What’s for dinner?” “I dunno, we don’t have anything” conversation. With a meal plan, I always know what I’m cooking, and I have a few different options depending on how I feel.

The first thing I do is check the sale paper for the store we go to. I see what’s on sale and add everything I want to my list, even if it doesn’t end up on my final list. For my list, I use the Out of Milk app. It’s on my phone, so I’ll never end up at the store without my list. Plus it keeps a record of previous prices I’ve added for my items, and totals up my estimated budget.

Here are some items I noticed from the sale paper this week:

  • Ground turkey – We still have a little left over from Costco, but it’s on sale for $2.99 at the grocery store. We may or may not end up buying it.
  • Berries – Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are on sale for 2/$4, so I’ll definitely be taking advantage of that. I’d really like to go berry picking also.
  • English muffins – We have been buying these at Costco as well, but they’re on a B1/G1 sale, so we’ll see.
  • Greek yogurt – My favorite brand (Chobani) is $1 each this week, but a bigger tub of plain Fage is 2/$6, so I’ll probably just grab that and add honey or flaxseed to it.
  • Shrimp – $4.99 for a pound this week, which is a great deal. I always try to snap it up when it’s that cheap.
  • Turkey sausage – As you’ve seen in my Tasty Tuesday posts, we eat sausage usually once a week. It runs $3-4 usually, so $2.99 is a pretty good deal.
  • Whole grain bread – I try to keep one loaf of bread in the freezer at all times, and there’s some decent bread on sale at $2.50 this week.

Next, I pick out recipes that use those ingredients. I keep all of my recipes in the Pepperplate app/website, and they are categorized into broad groups like chicken, sausage, fish, vegetables, and so on. Since sausage is on my list, I look at the sausage category and see what sounds good. I try to pick recipes where I have most of the ingredients already.

I also remember what kind of ingredients I already have, and look for recipes to use them up in, like having a few leftover bell peppers and carrots from this week. I try to keep my grocery budget at or around $50, but it often goes a bit over.

Check in next Monday to see my meal plan!

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