WEEKLY MENU: I've had several recent comments/emails from readers that have mentioned that they miss my menus. I never stopped menu planning, I just stopped posting them. So, just for you, they're back!
As part of one of my 2010 goals, I am alotting myself a cash amount of $225 every 2 weeks for groceries and household expenses. Did you catch that? Cash! Yes, I'm going to the bank, withdrawing greenbacks and that's what I can spend at the store. Talk about making oneself accountable. I've always tried to have a goal of about $450/mo but I haven't always stuck with it. I decided there was no time like the present to start ~ on December 28 I withdrew $225 and I have $35 dollars left until January 11.
Last night I tallied up our grocery/househod expenses for 2009 (um, this would be the grocery geek part of me!). In 2009 we spent $5,757.00 for a family of four ~ this includes everything from hairspray and catfood to milk, cereal and pot roast. That works out to $221 every 2 weeks so I should be able to do it. Last year our least expensive month was February at $380 and August was the most expensive at $620 (this had some school supplies in it too).
Without further ado, here's what I've got on this weeks menu:
- roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots, broccoli-rice casserole
- lentil soup (from freezer) with pasta
- waffles, fruit
- fajitas (venison from Lawman's successful hunt), mexican rice
- calico chicken (i saw a recipe on a blog somewhere for this and now i can't find it...ugh...will have to try to recreate from memory and i'll be using leftover chicken from the roasted chicken)
I'm following FishMama on her adventure this month of eating out of the pantry/fridge/freezer. It will be fun to see how creative she gets. She's posting their daily eats here if that's something that makes your ears perk up.