Monthly Meal Plan; April
I can’t pretend that last month was successful – because unfortunately it was not in the least bit. My husband was out of town for work quite a bit and I was slammed with trying to launch my Etsy shop! We ate out a lot more than I would like to admit. We have reset and are ready for a new month and new meals – some of our favorites are making a comeback! I shopped this month with no regard to the meat we had leftover because I am always aiming to bring you a TRUE total of the cost of these meal plans. I am out of school and my kids are out of daycare for the next week so I had to make sure we had lunch foods. I also try to buy snack foods for the MONTH, but sometimes we go back mid-month. Our total before any mid-month runs was $300 – which is FANTASTIC for a family of four. We have made the bulk of our purchases and I know we can keep it under $400 for the month.
What is included in your “grocery budget”?
I think this will always be a source of debate. I do not include diapers in our grocery budget. I do not think that accurately reflects us as a family of four compared to other families of four. I do, however, include paper products and toiletries. We don’t buy them every month so any extra from the previous month just rolls over!
Do you make up all of your meals?
From scratch? No. LOL. I do, however, find recipes that look interesting and tweak them to fit our tastes AND time frame. Honestly I am sick of finding recipes that have 1,000 ingredients and take two hours. As a working mom, I just don’t have the time. So while my recipes are my own, they are inspired by some others. I also have a hard time writing recipes (weird, right?) because I don’t really measure much… I just scoop and dump and pour and mix and somehow it comes out delicious. I am, however, really trying to pay attention so you can recreate them in your kitchen!
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April 1 – Lettuce Wraps
April 12 – Stuffed Peppers
April 14 – Philly Cheesesteak Pizza
Other meals will be added as we cook them! I also have a simple meal plan and shopping list available for download!