Category Archives: Meal Plan Monday

Meal Planning with Sale Ads

Meal Planning with Sale Ads

One of my favorite websites for grocery planning / couponing is It’s an amazing site run by Christian ladies that really teach the Thoughtful way to coupon. It’s more about providing for your family than getting more than you should from a store or being greedy. 

Many coupon sites promote “taking” or cheating the store to “win” the coupon game. The way I coupon, the True Couponing way, makes sure our family gets the best deals, while making sure other families get some, too! Instead of taking all 16 cans of Tomato soup for .05 each, take 6 and get a rain check! Other families, and the store, will thank you!! 

Anywho, enough on that. Today, I sat down with my sale ads and the website to make my menu. I like to look at what are really good deals this week, and make my menu out of that. 

I get $1.99 BS chicken breast and ground beef all the time. they also have a great sandwich combo. Sending my husband in added palomilla… weirdo.

I always have my butcher as my go-to for meal planning meat deals. I rarely buy grocery meats, unless it is a supurb deal. Very rarely.

I have been a huge supporter of my local meat market – Tampa Steak Company. They are the only meat market I have ever gone into without crinkling my nose at that horrible butcher smell! Look around your area for this type of clean, helpful, local butcher shop. They probably have much better prices on meat than the supermarket!

This week, my local market and coupons made spaghetti, chicken and biscuits (or pot pie), and chicken tacos great deals. So, I added them to my menu, with chicken tacos making a double batch so one goes in the freezer.  I looked at what freezer meals I have stocked, and added in chili from there. I also looked at what meat I had in the freezer that should be used soon and came up with a pork roast. And there you have a week of dinners, and one for the freezer!

Friday, my baby turns 9, so he gets to pick dinner – probably shepherds pie!  

Let the sale ads, your freezer meals, and older frozen meat decide your weekly plan!


I do my meal plan doodling while waiting for the bus, then I transfer it later. I’m a big proponent of using downtime! 

What is on your menu this week?


Menu Planning for Winter Break

Menu Planning for Winter Break

In our house, we have a couple different schedules to keep up with. Child time-sharing between 3 households, school vacation time, and the added joy of 2 holidays to sort through makes meal planning “challenging”. Yeah, “challenging” is a good word!

With anywhere between 2 – 9 mouths to feed for every meal, it’s a little “challenging” to put it all together so that it makes sense. That’s where my meal planners come into play.

First, I completed the “My 21 Meals”. This is a list that I came up with, using the hubby and kids input, to figure out our favorite meals that everyone likes. Or, at least, most everyone likes. I use this list as a base for my meals, and add in some from a list of “want to try” recipes. Once I try a new one, if we like it, I add it to the big list. Right now, I’ve started on my second set of 21 Meals, but that’s cool! I like how it has a spot for me to show where I got the recipe, and what are some sides we like with it.

21 meals

From the list of 21 Meals, I was able to create a Sample Month (this is the first one, I will make a few so that we have some variety). It’s not complete – it’s much harder to plan for just Dave and I than it is for all the kids. He’d eat steak and baked potatoes every day if I let him!

Monthly Meal Plan #1

I’m working on a collection of “Monthly Meal Plans” that can be turned into any month I choose. This way, all the work will be done when I want to plan a month of meals.

Normally, I create a weekly meal plan jotted in my binder, but because of the 2 week school holiday, I decided to knock both weeks out in one shot. Especially since I had to include breakfast and lunch to the kids as well.


2 week menu planner

This menu planner, and a ton of other printables, came from and It. Is. Awesome. I joined List Plan It through a Homemaking bundle that I purchased a couple months ago, and I am thoroughly addicted. I’ve printed out menu planners, cleaning schedules, chore lists by child age, conversation starters, date night planners, and so much more! One of my favorite goodies on this site is the Homemaking E-planner. It has so much crammed into it that It’s an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to get a handle on this whole home-making thing.

$5 a month for new content every week, as well as access to some great e-books. I’m currently stumbling through the 100 Days til Christmas e-book. I’m kinda behind! They take PayPal, and that’s just a little piece of my ebay and crochet & knit pattern sales for a month. Not too shabby. Also, I am total a list girl!

Now, I’m off to take a peek at the new Blog Planning lists!