Sunday, January 10, 2010

Menu Plan Monday & Eat From the Pantry Challenge


Last week was a huge success with my menu plan. Can I encourage you emphatically to do this if you currently don't? Having a plan will give you some measure of peace knowing that all you have to do is cook to pull it off. :-)

Monday:
Meatloaf (rolled up with broccoli & cheese)
Risotto with peas
Mixed veggies

Tuesday:
Baked ham (leftover from Sunday)
Beans
Cheesy pasta

Wednesday:
Ranch Style Chicken (recipe from Pioneer Woman)
Salad
Green Beans

Thursday:
Pasta with homemade marinara sauce
Garlic Bread
Fruit

Friday:
Tuna Sandwiches
Fruit

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This has been a great challenge for me to only use what I already have with the exception of buying milk, bread, eggs, & fruit & vegetables as we need them. Last week I also baked 4 loaves of zucchini bread and my dear hubby baked 2 loaves of wheat bread. We had had a snowstorm, and with frugality in mind, we both got in a baking mood.

When you really look at what you already have, that might have been pushed back in your pantry or has simply been ignored, there is a lot to work with. At least in my case there is. We want to be good stewards of what God has already provided and I've always liked a good challenge.

Purchases we made this week within our £250 budget for January were:
£29.12 at Costco
£23 for Dominos pizza (oops that wasn't on the menu plan!)
£49.28 at Morrisons for Braaten's birthday
£8.75 at the bakery
£20 Lunch at the bakery on Friday (It was Braaten's birthday after all)
£4.95 milk
Total: £106.94
+83.00 from last week's grocery order
=189.94

Hmm... no more eating out this month! It's only January 11th and we only have £60.06 left in our proposed budget. The burning question is: Can we do it??? We'll have to just wait and see.

Thanks for stopping by. You are a blessing.

7 comments:

Joyce said...

The price of a pizza in the UK does make you think twice : )

Good luck meeting your goal. I plan meals on a weekly basis. Even if you are shopping for the items it is less expensive than without any menu plan. Much less impulse buying.

I don't keep my pantry as well stocked as I used to with just the two of us home. I need to get in there this week and see what I've got.

Andrea said...

Sounds yummy! We are being more careful about what we spend.
Blessings, andrea

He & Me + 3 said...

Good job using a budget...it almost becomes a challenge and a game. I love those things. Good luck staying in the budget. Love your meals too.

Darcie said...

You are off to a great start Carol! Budget and meal planning are so important when raising a family, huh? Something that I need to do as well. I get so spoiled with the husband working at a grocery store, but then it is so easy to nickel and dime it.

Denise said...

I finally got around to doing a menu plan for this week, and even better... posting about it today.
I've got the crockpot on right now.
Have a lovely Monday, must get back to housework ;)
Hugs Denise

Colie's Kitchen said...

Great Menu plan!! I am always looking for new ideas and recipes to feed my family. Thanks for sharing!!! www.colieskitchen.com

chili pepper said...

I was wondering what 250 pounds translates to in dollars. Just wondering how I am doing... and does that include other household products like cleaners, detergents, paper etc...? Just wondering.

We do the eating from the pantry and freezer periodically when I need to clean out or when the budget is stretched (which is most of the time these days) and I am always amazed at what we come up with and how long we can go!

Kat