Hi! I’m Liz. I’m a wife to a handsome hunk of a man and a stay at home mommy of 2 adorable little boys. I graduated from BYU in Business Management and after working for a couple of years I decided it was time to just focus on being a full-time mommy. I’m not a pro blogger, photographer (don’t expect glamorous pictures), cook, perfectionist or anything like that BUT I’ve gotten pretty good at helping my family save and manage our money and our meals.
At the end of each month, I create a meal plan calendar for the following month. I’ll include the recipes as well a shopping list. The shopping list will include everything you will need to make all of these recipes. You probably don’t need everything on the list because hopefully you already have some on hand! The recipes I use I know my family will eat. If there is something you don’t like, change it! Personalize it for your family. It will be different for each person depending on preferences, what you already have in your kitchen, and where you live but hopefully this will give you a good starting point.
How exactly do I do it?
At the end of the month, I plan out the dinner meals for the entire following month. I plan for cooking 4-5 meals a week and the other days we eat leftovers. Once I create my meal plan, I make a shopping list of all of the ingredients I need to make each recipe. Then I use the current grocery ads and find the best prices for items I need and write them down. Then it’s time for a huge shopping trip! I take that list to Walmart and ad match whatever I can and for everything else I just figure out which brand is cheaper. The first time I did this, it was a huge shocker at the register when I got the total. $96?? But guess what? I didn’t have to shop the rest of the month!
My goal each month is to keep my grocery costs to $100. Now I’m not promising that you will be able to keep in within $100 a month and some months even I go over! I am starting with a well-stocked kitchen that already has all of the basics for cooking. If you do follow the basic premise of this blog (monthly meal planning, ad matching at Walmart, and trying to do the majority of your shopping once a month) you WILL save money. You will always know the answer to the question “What’s for dinner?” (Seriously, I used to HATE that question. It was the bane of my homemaking experience!) Plus you’ll have the added comfort of knowing that no matter what happens, you have enough food in your home to eat really well for at least a month. That brings me great peace of mind and I love that!