Welcome to my forth month of my monthly meal planner! Many of you continue to share your stories about how following my monthly meal planner saved your family money and helped to keep a fresh variety of meals flowing through your household. That just warms my heart! I am so glad that I am making your lives easier and pocket books a little heavier each month.
This meal planner includes all of our family’s monthly menus for the next 4 weeks. We typically spend $300-$350 (not including sundry items) for one month of food for our family of four plus three dogs. Since we live very rural, if I do not plan well in advance our family can end up spending more on the gasoline for our trip than we do for the food that we are actually there to purchase. When we do our shopping once a month it is a big haul but we do pick up fresh fruits, vegetables and milk every 2 weeks (but we still budget this cost in our monthly budget).
This month I tried to settle things down from last month’s meals since there are not as many major holidays to contend with; however, my favorite holiday is on February 2 this year and that is Ground Hog Day. We will be doing some fun stuff that day. One new thing that I am going to try this month is a few new recipes that are multi-day recipes where the leftovers from one day are used directly in the next day’s meal. I am hoping that this might save a little time and money too. To help make sure things do not get too repetitive I am also trying some new recipes this month from a new cook book I received for Christmas. Due to various and obvious reasons I cannot give you the recipe, but I can tell you that they are from the cook book titled The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman and I will provide the page numbers of the recipes.
I am happy to continue to share previous month’s meal planners. I keep all the recipes, planners, and lessons on my blog, so please make sure to check out my Meal Planning Page for more tips and recipes for when it comes to monthly shopping from month’s past!
In this month’s free printable you will find my monthly meal planners complete with links, some of our family recipes that I typed up, a blank Costco shopping list, a shopping lesson form for educational purposes and so on! Many of you also asked for a blank weekly meal planner so you will find this included in the free printable as well. Hopefully this will help make your planning a little easier, more fun or at the very least, give you some new recipes. I will share my monthly meal planners with you each month as I create them for our family. Enjoy!
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