|Whadda ya know? It's cold in Florida! So we chowed down on chili this past week...|
I'm still experimenting, however, with how freezer cooking works with the budget. We have been on a $50/week grocery budget for around a year. This is one of the big ways we keep costs down while The Less Project is underway. My goal is to cook primarily healthy food and make enough at each meal so that we have leftovers and/or could squeeze in a neighbor or two around the table--all while staying under $50/week!
Buying all the groceries for my December cooking day cost approximately $120. Which leaves about $80 left in the budget for buying weekly produce--around $20/week. Which sounds like it could stretch. But so far, I'm pushing the envelope every week. I neglected to use coupons this week (shocking) and my pocketbook felt it. Time to do some tweaking to see if I can get my costs down when it comes to freezer cooking. I'm curious to see how long the freezer meals actually last us, because they may spill over into January, which will bring the cost down.
Regardless, I'm still thrilled with the time and effort my freezer is saving me this month. Here's our menu plan for this week (based off the monthly plan):
Breakfasts: Hot cereal, toast with tea, eggs
Lunches: leftovers, sandwiches
Dinners:Monday--Spaghetti, Memaw's Green Beans, and (potentially...if I decide to take it on) homemade french bread!
Tuesday--Spicy Chicken Soup
Wednesday--Burritos with tomatoes, lettuce, and fresh guacamole
Thursday--Crockpot BBQ Chicken with corn and biscuits (carried over from last week)
Saturday--Parmesan Tilapia with peas and carrots
Sunday--Chicken Alfredo with salad
How is your December going so far? Are you feeling stressed or enjoying the season? Anything tempting being baked in your kitchen?
Linked to Menu Plan Monday.