Well, I learned a few very valuable lessons during the month of January.
1 - Planning our meals for the week is a practice I am going to continue. It was a tremendous help to me not to have to worry about what's for dinner. It also saved us a lot of money. (I didn't have a written plan for the last week of the month, and our budget took a hit because of it.)
2 - I need to include weekends in the written plan. While we were very good about not going out to eat very much, we let it slide a little bit toward the end of the month - again, no written plan.
3 - I didn't make the $75 budget I'd hoped for in January. I'm not going to consider it a failure per se, but a learning experience. I will strive again for $75 for the month of February and we'll see what happens. Better grocery store and coupon planning is a must. Milk was probably the biggest budget buster for me in January...so I need to get creative on how to get more milk for less money and figure out how to make it last longer.
I won't keep you in suspense any longer...here is our meal plan for the week.
Monday - Scalloped Potato / Ham Casserole, Sauteed Green Beans
Tuesday - Ultimate Chicken (based on a local restaurant fave), oven fries
Wednesday - Leftovers (Big B's night out)
Thursday - Chili
Friday - Homemade Chicken Lo Mein
Saturday - Girls Night Out (more to come about this!)
Sunday - Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
I am still in the process of using up all that is in the pantry and freezer. So hopefully for the next few weeks, my only grocery purchases will be for milk and bread. We'll see how THAT goes! Have a great week!