Welcome back and thank you for taking a look at my 7th monthly installment of our family’s meal planning. As many of you continue to share your stories about how following my monthly meal planner saved your family money somehow and helped to keep a fresh variety of meals flowing through your household it still makes me happy to know I can help at least one other family out. Those of you sharing your thoughts are still warming my heart! I am so glad that this series continues to make your lives easier and helps to keep your pocket books a little heavier each month.
Note: 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 four dogs. Since we live very rural, if I do not continue to 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, especially with gas prices seemingly rising all the time around us. 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 with some money that is part of the monthly budget.
This month I added a lot of new breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner recipes, but still no multi-meal recipes, unless you count left overs. The weather is getting nicer everyday here, so I am starting to add back in Beck and Elizabeth’s favorite lunches, fruit smoothies! I would also like to note that I have added a new shopping list to accompany the CostCo list. This is a new form that I have Beck and Elizabeth helping my husband and I use. I will be using it to have the children help me plan out what ingredients I needed for each month’s recipes. I printed one copy for them to mark up while we all went the through the month’s recipes. Then, we went through our pantry and refrigerator to weed out the ingredients we already had. Once that was done, I printed a new form and compiled my shopping lists. I found this was a great math lesson as the children added up cups, quarts, tablespoons, teaspoons, and sticks of all sorts of kitchen weights and measurements. I hope that this lesson and process can help you as well to make your shopping list creation educational and fun if you are participating along with us. Also, I know that each month ingredients will change and as the recipes do, so I will continue to update the lists to include the items that we continually use and leave blanks lines for extra goodies too!
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 compiled, a blank Costco shopping list, blank family shopping list, shopping lesson worksheets for educational purposes and so on! 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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