I am bad very bad at sticking to a grocery budget. There are times I really love to cook and times I can't stand the thought but I love baking and this is where my grocery budget goes haywire.
I have made a challenge to myself for the end of this month and into April. Mine and Jeremy's grocery budget is 75.00 every 2 weeks now keep in mind there's only 2 of us and we live in a low cost of living state so that should be more than enough. Well the entire month of march I went over. So I have challenged myself to come up with a real meal plan like 2 weeks worth of meals and buy all the ingredients at once and not go over budget. This also means I don't get to do a lot of baking :(
Now obviously we do eat out sometimes and I am accounting for that I have a friends birthday dinner and Jeremy and I usually eat out about once per week. So I took that into consideration and then proceeded to plan 10 meals for the next two weeks. This means I must cook after work I have been being really lazy and not wanting to and eating crap because of it which is not good for my migraines or my sleeping issues. I'm trying a lot of new recipes too so we'll see how it goes.
So here are my 10 meals.
Chicken alfredo pizza
pulled pork sandwiches
penne with turkey sausage and peppers
meatloaf with carrots
chicken kiev with green beans
crockpot hawiian chicken with steamed rice
pork tenderloin with twice baked potatoes
biscuit topped casserole
and my grocery list:
I am a big nerd when it comes to grocery shopping and like to write down prices as I go so I have a way of knowing about how much I'll spend and I plan on doing that tonight as well.
shredded cheese 3 flavors cheddar, mozzarella, & monterey jack
red pepper flakes
Wish me luck I'm trying really hard to stick to our budget and to cook some good meals.