Welcome back and thank you for taking a look at my 13th monthly installment of our family’s meal planning. I have included more recipes that are linked up to my Monday Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop and since it is getting colder here, there are more crock pot slow cooker recipes included as well. Since there are a lot of great recipes out there so I will continue to add a few news one in here and there that Beck, Elizabeth, my husband and I will like. I hope everyone is finding the recipe links and homemade recipes in the meal planners easy to use as well.
As a side note, please also remember that all my meals have some sort of fruit or vegetable components, (if no specific one is listed) but I have stopped putting veggies and fruits on meals because everyone lives in different places I cannot truly tell what will be available everywhere based on the time of year and I would hate to have you all spending lots of money to get fruits and veggies that are out of season where you and, but are readily available where I am.
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 and vegetables from a local farmers weekly and get milk and dairy about every 2 weeks.
So, without further ado, please find the following components of this month’s interactive meal planner:
- Meal Planner for 10/20 – 10/26
- Meal Planner for 10/27 – 11/2
- Meal Planner for 11/3 – 11/9
- Meal Planner for 11/10 – 11/16
- Meal Planner – Blank Week
- Select E.H.M. Favorite Recipes
- Blank Family Shopping List (Food, Sundries, you name it included)
- Blank Costco Shopping List
- Shopping Lesson Pack focusing on budgeting lessons
- Shopping Lesson for Younger Children
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!
Now that the winter is approaching, I will be shifting back to freezer meals and slow cooker meals for the hardy flavors and use of the winter vegetables and fruits. I will continue to strive to add more recipes that use the same general ingredients so it will give everyone using my meal planners a variety when we shop in bulk. As you all probably know as well, 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. Since we are also delighted and blessed to have our series called Freezer Cook Made Easy we are trying to include more multi-meal cooking opportunities, so stay tuned each month for that post.
If you use this meal planners, I hope it helps make your planning a little easier, or at the very least, give you some new recipes. I will continue to share my monthly meal planners with you each month as I create them for my family. Please come back next month to see my wonderful selections for Thanksgiving including some family traditional recipes from our household.
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