Weekly Meal Plan and Groceries

I  hope y’all had a great weekend.  Ours was pretty uneventful which is just fine.  I  hope everyone is safe after that awful ice storm.  Our snow has all melted away thanks to some warmer temperatures, but it has cooled back down now to normal winter temps.

I was late getting my weekly meal plan done this week, but I finally got it done.

Having a weekly meal plan really takes away the stress of what’s for dinner and for me it also keeps my grocery budget in check.  I make a grocery list based on my meal plan and go to the store once a week.  We started a facebook group for this very purpose.  Z Life What’s Cooking Group.  It’s also fun to see what other people are eating and  to get meal ides and recipes from others which helps with the dinner rotation rut.

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I picked up the needed groceries too.

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The cara cara oranges weren’t on my grocery list, but when I saw them it made me think of a friend so I splurged and bought a bag.  Hopefully it will also curb the sweet tooth cravings I’m having and keep me out of the doughnut shop! 😉

I track my grocery expense with the Dave Ramsey “Every Dollar Budget” program.  It’s free at his website.  To date my grocery expense for January is $75.00   I round up to the next dollar because all change goes into the change jug.

My grocery budget is $300 a month which includes food for us and the dogs, health and beauty, cleaning supplies, everything but alcohol.

Admittedly I am purposefully trying to keep my grocery expenses low by staying out of the stores which in turn keeps impulse purchases in check.   Also, keep in mind that we raise or hunt almost all of our meats with the exception of seafood and the chicken I purchase from Polyface Farms.  I buy the chickens in a larder of 15 whole chickens at a time and I usually do this twice a year, so I expect sometime around July I’ll be stocking up again.  This usually cost between $250 and $300 depending on the weight of the chickens I get.  I do have a $50 off punch card that I’ll use with my next purchase that I need to not forget about.

In full disclosure, this is the first year I’ve used the Dave Ramsey “Every Dollar Budget” system and honestly I had become pretty slack in tracking expenses.  This year I wanted to get serious about it and I think the Every Dollar system is going to be the trick.  Plus it’s free, my favorite price.

I believe this will be a learning experience for me this year to see the actual hard numbers on all of our expenses, but it will show us areas where we can tighten up on for the future.  Retirement is getting closer and this will help us get more prepared.

Hope you and yours have a great week.

Till next time,

Lori

 

 

Getting Organized In The Kitchen

I’ve been needing to do something about how I store my pots and pans for a long time.  Stacking them on top of each other just adds unnecessary wear and tear on them.  Unfortunately it’s a little late for this set of cookware but in the continued search for my “last” set of cookware I decided now was the time to get organized.

I have to say that the Z Man did an amazing job installing my pot rack and it makes this little section of the kitchen look so warm and cozy, it kind of feels like someone lives here that knows how to cook 😉   Honestly, every time I look at it the little want to be chef comes out in me.

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The pictures don’t do it justice, mainly because I stink at taking pictures.

The best thing about it is that I don’t have to clang and bang around in the cabinet to find the pot I need.  It’s right there at my fingertips thanks to the Z Man.  Having an organized kitchen always make cooking more pleasurable.

Now, I just need to find the stainless steel “chef” pans I want, uh, I mean need 😉

Till Next Time,

Lori