You might remember from a previous blog post that my goal is to spend $1 each on dinner, for both me and my son. In an average month, that's going to be $60.
Update: we are at the end of the month, and I have not yet managed it, but it's definitely still a priority. There's a book in the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle called Dinner for a Dollar, and I am reading it to help me do it.
What's your dinner or general meal-planning budget?
"To do this, look at your income against all your bills, and ask yourself this: Without making more money, reducing other expenses, or going into debt, how much money do you have available to spend on food? "
- Shelly Longenecker, Dinner for a Dollar
The Struggle is Real but the Commitment Continues
I admit that, in the past, I have been careless about spending money on food, even though we were eating or meals at home. Sometimes, I didn't do any meal planning for dinner at all, and just bought whatever seemed good at the time.
So when I decided to take a careful look at where I was throwing money away, dinner came to my attention. This is the one meal where my son and I are sure to sit down at the same time, and eat together.
So it's important. And maybe I wanted to fill it with love and joy.
But as a single mom, I have had to get serious about how to control my food budget, and it looks like I will need to squeeze my dinner budget the hardest.
The book, Dinner for a Dollar (DFAD), and the system that goes with it, are helping me see things more clearly, stay committed and figure out what to change.
In the Healthy Meal Planning bundle, which is where I got the book, there's also a budget-friendly meal planning ebook.
But to be honest, I wouldn't even take a look at that, until you have read DFAD. It walks you through the process of making the commitment, choosing your budget and making the changes.
Once you have done that, then you can get creative with your meal planning. The goal - and the book helps with this, too - is how to buy the best food and get it for the best prices.
Budget Meal Planning Progress
Last week, several of my meals were actually dinner for a $1.50. but this week, because of BOGO deals I bought last week, a couple of meals have been a dollar each. So I'm encouraged! I'm making progress.
I just need to keep it up and get that to happen for every dinner.
What's the hardest part of budget meal planning for you?
See you next time!
Confession is Good for the Soul
You may remember from my posts about meal planning here and here, that though I am not starting a diet this year, I do want to try healthier meals, and am hoping that by trying some new recipes, eating well will be more fun and not the boring same-old same-old. I intended to try at least one new recipe a week and tell you guys how it went.
I picked one out to try from the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle - Simple Vegetables and Rice Pilaf. But I forgot to look up the ingredients and when we got to the store, my son and I just shrugged. We ate rice, peas and parmesan cheese, instead.
It was good, though!
I think for next week's healthy eating, meal-planning post, I'm going to choose something for breakfast - or breakfast for dinner! ;)
What & How I Saved Money
This week, through a combination of meal planning and choosing what's on sale, I saved $10 on my grocery bill. I'm really pleased and hoping to add in coupons and save even more.
I've been reading that ebook from the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle, Dinner for a Dollar, and am really motivated to keep making changes. This week, I didn't get our meals down to a dollar per person, but they will be about $1.50 for each of us. No bad, right?
I did hit some resistance while I was in the store. I had some things on the list that I wanted to get on sale, but not only were some not on sale, when they were, it was not a brand I was willing to choose. So I switched plans right there in the store.
Hoping it gets easier and better as I go!
See you tomorrow!
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