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post #61 of 160
We did fairly well this week. Only one meal out and that was lunch for Ladybug and me and a coffee for DH on the trip back yesterday. I didn't pack DH's lunch once and he ended up not eating any because the stuff he dug out of the fridge was not "quick meal on the run" friendly This made me very sad, I'd rather he had bought lunch, but oh well I'll redouble my efforts to make sure he has breakfast and lunch every day.
post #62 of 160
I haven't checked-in for a few days but we haven't eaten out at all and it has been a week into the challenge. Not even lunch while running errands.

We have also been gluten/soy/dairy/chocolate/sugar/dye/egg/corn free which makes eating out impossible LOL
post #63 of 160
My goal this week is to --- not eat out!! We ate out once last week and it wasn't cheap.

Thursday, we have activities until 4:30, so I will put chili in the crock-pot in the morning instead of going out to eat because we get home late.

Thanks for all the inspiration!
post #64 of 160
last week was baaaaad....we ate arby's one day for lunch, breakfast one day at chick fila, and lunch at captain d's saturday....oh yeah and supper out friday.

UGH

Sunday through today we have eaten at home though. I cooked Sausage and Hot Dogs sunday, yesterday we had homemade tuna casserole, and tonight I cooked a turkey tenderloin in the crock pot. Tomorrow we are having hamburger steak and gravy with mashed potatoes and corn...i planned out the menu through next fri since I grocery shop next sat. Wish me luck lol
post #65 of 160
I'll join! Our monthly budget is $650.

I did eat lunch out today.... But only because a friend invited me to go out to lunch with her, and I so rarely have the chance to get away without the kids that I did go for it.

But other than that, I don't think we've eaten out at all so far this month. Yay!
post #66 of 160
DH decided we'd eat supper out yesterday (Chinese buffet - which is NOT cheap here in Toronto) to celebrate DS14 first day of high school ...BOGO coupons, so that helped a bit. But that's it for the month.

Breafast was eggs/toast/yogurt...not sure what supper will be tonight. I'm considering even putting on a big pot of chili - that usually happens when the high hits about 10 (50F), but it's reasonably cool today...
post #67 of 160
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kathirynne View Post
I am planning to cook this week end:

1 batch vegetable stock (from all the vegetable parings I've been saving in the freezer)
1 batch lentil sloppy joes
1 BIG batch chili (leftovers make fantastic burrito filling)
1 batch roasted sweet potato corn chowder
1 batch split pea soup
2 apple Bundt cakes
2 batches zucchini bread
3 batches molasses cookys
2 batches oatmeal raisen cookys

SOOOOO, even when I don't feel like cooking, I can still keep to the challenge.

My "planning to cook" list isn't shrinking very quickly. But, so far this month, ALL of our dinners have been cooked at home, so I'm feeling really good about that. (Breakfasts are either toast and juice or cold cereal and juice, lunches are either peanut butter & jam with fruit, school lunch or leftovers.)


1 September: turkey enchiladas, Spanish rice, corn
2 September: white bean soup, tuna fish sandwiches
3 September: cauliflower soup, pain de champagne
4 September: French toast, mixed berries, buttermilk frappe, orange juice
5 September: turkey soup with rice, orange poppyseed scones
6 September: LEFTOVERS (it's not as bad as it sounds...there was also pie.)
7 September: veggie lasagna, broccoli, salad, focaccia bread
8 September: tacos (homemade refried beans, homemade guacamole, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, and pico de gallo wrapped in a tortilla)
9 September: penne with tomatoes, basil and burratta, salad, focaccia bread
10 September: quick pasta with peas
11 September: LEFTOVERS (no pie this time, just straight up leftovers)
12 September: curry over rice, softboiled eggs, chopped veg, samosas
13 September: lentil sloppy joes, coleslaw, fruited Jell-O
14 September: lentil sloppy joes, coleslaw, fruited Jell-O, watermelon (yup, you read that correctly......LEFTOVERS again...)
15 September: chili, cornbread, peach cobbler
16 September: bean and cheese burritos, Spanish rice, corn, fruited Jell-O (to use up the multiple packets of Jell-O in my fruitroom)
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post #68 of 160
Sept 3 - 4: camping at a festival where food was provided for us in exchange for our volunteer time.
Sept 5: birthday supper for my SIL at my inlaws
Sept 6: spaghetti with garlic bread
Sept 7: homemade chop suey over duck egg noodles
Sept 8: ham rolls with cheese sauce, green beans
Sept 9: squash soup & garlic bread (DH Luvs garlic bread......!)
Sept 10: homemade pizza & salad
post #69 of 160


I am lurking on this thread to get ideas. I am just getting into meal planning now that my DH is hard at work in his new job and I am a SAHM.

A question for you wise ladies, for those of you who do meal planning for an entire month how do you shop sales? Right now I am getting the weekly flyer and plan my meals around what is on sale each week. If you plan a month at a time are you shopping sales/using coupons? How often are you going to the grocery store?

Thanks Mamas.
post #70 of 160
I go to the store either once a week or once every 2 weeks depending on sales. I stock up what's on sale and once it's in my house, I plan from that. I do sometimes buy something special that isn't on sale because I want to cook with it, but I usually plan for the month around what I've already got.
post #71 of 160
Today:

b: bagel with cream cheese, onion and salami
l: hot pocket (I'm trying to use these up)
d: we're going to my mom's for sloppy joes

Boys ate both breakfast and lunch at school/daycare and I think dh went out for breakfast in between tests.
post #72 of 160
We did end up going out for a cheap dinner Tuesday after my niece's volleyball game. Yesterday I made a huge pot of lentil soup and rice so we have leftovers. Yay! We might go to another volleyball game today but I already told DH we will have to leave early so we can eat at home.
post #73 of 160
Thursday 9.2:
Dinner: Blackened chicken alfredo with fettuccine, broccoli

Friday 9.3:
Dinner: Ceasar salads with left over blackend chicken, Roasted garlic bread

Saturday 9.4:
uhm... I forget... we ate at home though, and there was rice

Sunday 9.5:
Ate with my spouses family

Monday 9.6:
Left overs sent home with us from sunday for lunch, We ordered pizza for dinner (we needed to go grocery shopping)

Tuesday 9.7:
Big grocery shopping day=fend for yourself dinner

Wednesday 9.8:
Lunch: sweet and sour pork, rice
Dinner: Mini meatball sliders, fresh french fries, watermelon
Baked: Peanut butter banana muffins

Thursday 9.9:
Lunch: Leftovers from dinner (this is usually the case)
Dinner: hearty chicken and noodles, rolls, watermelon
Baked: Oatmeal rasin muffins

Friday 9.10:
Dinner: Fry bread tacos

Saturday 9.11:
Dinner: Chicken and leek stroganoff, rice (maybe noodles instead)
post #74 of 160
Today:

b: smoothie, bagel with cream cheese, coffee
l: hotpocket
d: leftovers. Something with steak.
post #75 of 160
Quote:
Originally Posted by trumpcard View Post


I am lurking on this thread to get ideas. I am just getting into meal planning now that my DH is hard at work in his new job and I am a SAHM.

A question for you wise ladies, for those of you who do meal planning for an entire month how do you shop sales? Right now I am getting the weekly flyer and plan my meals around what is on sale each week. If you plan a month at a time are you shopping sales/using coupons? How often are you going to the grocery store?

Thanks Mamas.
Welcome!

I do meal planning about 5 days out. Its much easier, esp if you use a lot of fresh ingredients or feed the freezer etc. Once you start shopping sales, you will figure out what goes on sale when in your area. Such as chicken seems to go on mega sale about every 6 weeks in my area. We stock up, cut up, etc and plan our meals going forward around it. That includes cutting up at home, or different meat stock based on the bones left from the chicken buying. Also, you can budget into your monthly grocery total that you will buy a certain something in bulk that month.

Since I use a local service to deliver organic produce and dairy weekly, I shop at the local grocery for canned items etc about twice a month normally.

Once you get a system going, you will be able to plan out more.
post #76 of 160
Ok, totally bombed yesterday. I ordered take-out. But it was worth it. Totally something this pregnant lady needed.

Today:

Breakfast - apples w/ peanut butter, quinoa porridge with coconut milk

Lunch - Sandwiches

Dinner - Pakistani inspired curry on brown rice (curry has lentils, tomato, kale, potatoes and peas)
post #77 of 160
someone hit me....we ate out last night. UGH! We got zaxbys salads...

Tonight though we had hamburger steak and gravy with mashed potatoes

tomorrow is friday and my kids are going to their dads. I know we (me and sister) are going shopping sat...so at least lunch out. Maybe ill remember to cook the rest of the weekend
post #78 of 160
Last night: Ratatouille with brown rice

Tonight: Split Pea Soup
post #79 of 160
I turned the leftover steak into a stir fry with peppers, onions and zucchini and had that over noodles. The kids had a little of everything.

Today, breakfast is a smoothie and a bagel, lunch is leftovers or another hot pocket, dinner is pizza.
post #80 of 160
So far this weekend:

Saturday, breakfast was egg sandwiches, lunch was leftovers, dinner was mashed potatoes and ham steak.

Sunday, breakfast was pancakes for the boys, hot dogs for lunch and for dinner we're having zucchini and potato pancakes and sausage patties.
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