Feed Your Family on $300 a Month – The Healthy Way can be done!
I know what you’re thinking: We eat crap and are super unhealthy because of our restricted grocery budget – but you’re wrong! For $300 (ok, sometimes $400) we buy everything you would buy at Walmart or Target: Groceries, Toiletries, and Cleaning Supplies – and we eat healthy food!
I’ve been asked many times by my friends, family, and blog readers how I do it. So today, I’m going to let you in on a secret! My strategy is threefold:
Meal Planning – We use eMeals for our meal planning. I seriously love the simplicity of the plan itself, the shopping list, and how delicious the meals are. They also have Over 50 Meal Plans Available which is more than we could ever use, and it helps us keep our meals interesting. I highly recommend using eMeals if you are having trouble keeping your grocery budget in check, are tight on time, or are just plain out of meal ideas! If you’re interested, you can get 15% Off Your Order at eMeals.com with Bonus Comfort Foods Brochure! Use code Dinner15
Just to show you how much money it saves, we shop for the entire month at once – breakfasts, lunches, and dinners! On our last trip, we spent $150 and had food left over! You can learn more about eMeals in a post I did earlier.
Why Meal Plan?
- Save Time: No more “What’s for Dinner?” every night – and the time that goes along with it. No more last minute trips to the grocery store because you finally decided what’s for dinner and you don’t have that last ingredient. There is a small initial time investment, but the time saved during the week makes it completely worth it!
- Save Money: Meal planning allows you to take into consideration what ingredients you already have on hand, what ingredients are on sale at your store during the week, and what your family likes. When you meal plan you can take full advantage of sales and coupons, and you will be less tempted to eat out because you have already shopped and prepped for your meals!
- Eat Healthier: Eating out less naturally leads to healthier eating, but there are other ways that meal planning keeps your meals on track. There is less temptation to eat processed foods, and it is very easy to add an additional serving of fruits of veggies to your family’s plate.
However, if you’re not interested in a meal planning service, you do your meal planning yourself. Gather together a week’s worth of recipes, make a list of all of the ingredients in each recipe you don’t already have on hand, and shop! There are even tons of cute meal planning printables on the internet that you can use!
How to Meal Plan:
- Check Your Calendar: Find a day every single week when you can block of 30 minutes to meal plan. Make it a priority every single week or you will quickly find yourself overwhelmed.
- Check your leftovers: Have sirloin leftover from dinner Wednesday? Pasta still in the fridge from Friday night? Take stock of your leftovers so you can plan how to use them in the coming week.
- Side Dishes: It is easy plan main dishes and forget about the sides! Use simple sides like rice and vegetables – and don’t forget to add them to your grocery list!
- Make your grocery list: Put your grocery list together at the same time you plan. This ensure that you don’t leave anything off your list!
- Try new things! I usually try a new recipe once a week. That way, if it doesn’t turn out or my family doesn’t like it, there are leftovers in the fridge we can eat!
- Get the Family Involved: Letting the kids especially pick the recipes means they are more likely to eat it. I have seen my cousins hate a recipe, but when they picked the same recipe themselves, their whole tune changed!
- Don’t forget:15% Off Your Order at eMeals.com with Bonus Comfort Foods Brochure! Use code Dinner15
Do you meal plan? Have you ever used eMeals? Does your meal planning save you money?
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