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Meal Planning and Staying on Budget (FREE PRINTABLE)

As a wife and mom, I am usually in charge of the wonderful (insert sarcasm) trips to Walmart for the family grocery shopping. While my husband is away at work I am in charge of paying bills and doing the grocery shopping; all while trying to save money where I can. I can’t count the amount of times I have aimlessly wandered around the grocery story picking items, only to check out and realize I spend 200 bucks and still not have any meals to eat.

So, I decided to try something new this week. Many of you will think this is obvious (and yes I am probably late on this train), but I decided to meal plan dinners for 6 days and buy ONLY (okay… mostly) the items on my list for these 6 dinner meals. Use this printable  so you can meal plan and organize your grocery list accordingly.

According to  Business Insider , going out to eat at a cheap chain restaurant will cost you on average $12.17 per person. So, for a family of 4 like mine, that’s $48.68. That’s a lot of money! Granted we like to go out to eat as much as the next person but it adds up quick! This week I planned 6 tasty dinners and spent $119 total. This $119 included a few extra essentials: things for sandwiches and snacks for the kids. However, since this was the amount of my total grocery bill for the week we will stick with that number.

Let’s do a little math here, shall we? $119 for 6 dinner meals. That comes out to $19.83 total per meal. Break that down even further, that’s only $4.95 a person for my family of 4. I don’t know about you but I would much rather spend $4.95 a person for dinner compared to $12.17!!! So, what did I make?! Take a look at my delicious meals below!




Tuesday: Today was a quick freezer meal since my son had a Tball game right at dinner time

  • Frozen Honey BBQ Chicken Tenders
  • French Fries



  • Homemade Egg Rolls
  • Chinese Fried Rice



  • Chicken and Steak Stir Fry
  • Brown Rice



  • Chicken and Vegetable Soup
  • Rice Noodles



***********************************************************************************************************************************Not only did meal planning save me money but it made my trip to the store easy and hassle free. (Well as hassle free as shopping with 2 kids can be). If you haven’t tried this technique before I highly recommend you give it a shot. You will have a nice dinner planned for almost the entire week and no more running to the store at the last minute for forgotten/needed items. If you have been meal planning and this is old news, then congratulations to you! I am late on the meal planning train but I will definitely be doing this from now on.

10 thoughts on “Meal Planning and Staying on Budget (FREE PRINTABLE)

  1. Oh I LOVE meal planning!! I’m so glad you gave it a go! My husband and I actually make all of our lunches for the whole week on Sunday afternoons and it saves us so much time and money! I’ll have to check out your recipes for our dinner this coming week!

    1. I will have to try packing all our lunches ahead of time! I hope to have links to all those recipes in the near future!

  2. Great variety in your meal plan, thanks! I love meal planning, but I’m terrible about sticking with it. Sometimes it’s hard for me to make more time for planning and organization even when it will save time later!

    1. I’ve only been doing it for a few weeks now but I think it’s honestly worth it. I don’t have the all day dread of “what am I making for dinner”

  3. That’s it, I’m gonna start – and stick with – this “meal planning” thing! It’s a great way to keep track of your meals, groceries, and even finances. Your menu made me hungry tho, those roasted asparagus with mushrooms… ❤

    1. Dooooo itttt!!! It honestly has made my life so much easier the last couple weeks. I hope to have links up to all those recipes soon!!

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