Jun. 23, 2010 8:46 am
Updated: Jun. 23, 2010 4:10 pm
Living right next to a grocery store is kind of fun. It's easy to just walk over, grab a few things, walk back and make dinner or lunch or brunch or breakfast or whatever! It's not so great on the budget, though...
I find myself buying more than I need, more often than I need, which isn't too great since I'm trying to save up some for next semester over the summer.
I usually try to make a loose two-week meal plan every two weeks (duh LoL) so that I know what I'm going to need and when I'll need it. I try to stick to a few simple guidelines to make sure nothing goes to waste and I'm saving as much money as I can.
-The first week's dinners and breakfasts use things I already have.
-Weekday lunches are the leftovers from the previous night's dinner.
-Breakfast incorporates a staple item that can be bought cheaply in bulk.
-Six meals are left open (breakfasts, lunches and/or dinners) for changes in plans or going out.
Leaving some meals left blank allows me to shuffle things around in case plans change or I feel like going out with friends or family. Gotta have a little bit of fun and flexibility, right? =)
I'll probably try to get this started up again so I can start my penny-pinching and have the money I need for books and classes when September rolls around... I kind of need to diet anyway. I've been eating some foods that are higher in calorie and fat than
I'd normally eat and I'm seeing the difference!
My goal is to work out my meal plan using bits of free time the rest of this week and have it ready by at least Sunday. I'll be sure to post it when I'm done.
Wish me luck!