Welcome back and thank you for taking a look at my 8th monthly installment of our family’s meal planning. I got a few more questions than normal this month and I thank you all for your input. I have expanded the shopping lists to reflect some readers asking for more consolidation into a single list. I did this by making all the shopping columns in one document, so I hope you like it this month. I know that Beck had fun again rummaging through the pantry. And remember, as I add more and different recipes, or run out of things in our pantry and cleaning supply closet I will be adding them to our family’s shopping list, so the blank lists that are provided will grow each month too. I hope this can be helpful to some of you who are using this meal planner.
Budget 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.
Keeping with the trend to try to keep things a little fresh, but still under budget I have again added more breakfast variety and added a bunch of grilling recipes now that the weather will be putting family outside more. Make sure to check out my previous month’s meal planners for more tips and recipes for when it comes to monthly shopping! On a side note, we are trying to add more and more recipes that use the same general ingredients so that we can buy more items in bulk to try to save even more money, hopefully. The intent is to add enough variety in dishes that you don’t realize you are eating most of the same ingredients. I also wanted to mention that there are great sites out there for couponing and daily deals, so you do not have to just shop at a big box retailer if you don’t want to.
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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