OK. Did the grocery shopping today for the next 17 days. Spent $134, which probably sounds like a lot, but, honestly, that includes all our breakfast/lunch/snacks/beverages for the next 17 days, and I picked up some org. meat and cheese on sale that I have now written into the last two weeks of the month. I don't really "plan" breakfast/lunches, because a lot of times it's leftovers (or using leftovers in an omelet or sandwich or smorgasboard plate or whatever), and the rest of the time, DD is content with oatmeal, fruit, cheese, oasta, etc. On weekends, DH does breakfast, and that's already planned in.
Plus, I told DH that this is the ONLY time I'm going food shopping until the 17th, so, he'd better let me know what he wanted before I went, and he through some things on I wouldn't have otherwise bought, but, if having a few of these foods around makes it easier for us to stick to this meal planning, I'm okay with it. For example, he said if I was going to make chili (not a fave of his), could I *please* pick up some saltines? And ice cream. And a few other things. But, honestly, if I can get him to stick to this, I think we will end up spending a lot less on food (because if he drops by the store for 1 thing, he's coming out with 10), and, more importantly, waste less. We'll see.