A month of meals

Those of you reading who have me on Facebook have probably seen my bits about my Costco meal plan and shopping/planning for a month at a time. I figured it was time I organized my random posts into one nice article.

I saw someone else post a link about doing $5 dinners, shopping for 20 meals at once. I have been wanting to do this for quite sometime so in February I took the plunge. I paid the couple of bucks to download the PDF file because it made things SO much easier rather than printing or bookmarking 11 different recipes.

http://www.5dollardinners.com/20-meals-from-costco-for-150-recipes-printable-shopping-lists/

Initially I spent about $160 at Costco and another $40 on pantry items at Wal-Mart. I labeled and froze the meat and rolls, then filled out a calendar for February.

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Most of meals were kid-approved. However, the beef stew dishes did not come out that great. Maybe being a vegetarian has something to do with my lack of meat cooking skills. ;)

Following this meal plan, we found there were family favorites that we were all missing like pot pie or even just BBQ burgers. So I decided to give it another go, but do it MY way this time. Using what I learned in February I created my own monthly menu. We shopped at Costco and did an entire month of shopping for $200, plus left myself another $50 per week for perishable items like milk, bread, and fruit.

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Month 2 is more than halfway over and I am so relieved at not having to think about what I’m going to cook every night, or what I need to shop for. Worth the time I put in at the beginning of the month.

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One thought on “A month of meals

  1. Bethany, thanks for sharing you March menu plan. It is helping me get back to planning meals instead of trying to figure it out day by day. Somehow I didn’t find the link that helpful; but your menu plan sparked a lot of good ideas for me. :)

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