Weekly Meal Plan and Update on Paying With Cash – November 10, 2014

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

5 pounds of lettuce takes a while to go through, especially when you find out that your husband does not like that kind of lettuce. ¬†ūüôā

To see this month’s whole meal plan, click here.

Breakfast:

  1. Shakes
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, Toast, Fruit
  4. Orange Poppy Seed Pancakes
  5. Shakes
  6. Coconut Oatmeal
  7. Fried Pancakes with Maple Cream Syrup

Lunches:

  1. Eat out
  2. Salad
  3. Super fast Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes, vegetables
  4. Pizza
  5. Chili
  6. Pot Roast with Bacon and Vegetables
  7. Spicy Pan-Fried Steak with noodles

Supper:

  1. Leftovers
  2. Slow cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos
  3. Sandwiches
  4. Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins
  5. Minute Steak
  6. Popcorn, nuts and a movie
  7. Pulled Pork Egg Rolls

handful of money

Last week I talked about taking the plunge and going all cash for our grocery shopping.  This did not seem like a hard thing to do physically, as I usually have cash on me anyway.  Then came the actual act of going to the store and paying.  Turns out it was a bit harder than I thought.

The first store in Small Town, I picked up a few items and paid without thinking about it. ¬†As I was walking out I realized I had used a card instead of cash. ¬†Oops. ¬†“Okay, next time I will remember.”

The second store I went to was the country store. ¬†The last time I was there, a few of the items I bought were forgotten by the bagger and ended up in the next person’s bags. ¬†They offered replacements for free the next time I came through. ¬†As I did not want to leave a lot of time before stopping by again, I made the trek early in the week with the plan to also pick up a few things for a get together on Saturday. ¬†This time I remembered to pay cash.

The country store is one I have trouble not spending more than I said I would.  You never know what will be there or if it will be there next time.  Walking in I was happy to see they had 40 lbs of bananas for $7.  We ate these as long as we could before having to freeze the remaining.  I also found coffee for 25% of the price of the regular store (or online), items from the get together and breakfast shake mix for 50% of regular price at local stores.

A third stop in Small Town later in the week to pick up meat and eggs on sale found me using my card again, since I did not take my purse and only had my driver’s license and credit card on me. ¬†I really like the ease of not having a purse to keep track of, but realize that this means I have to think about what cash I also have on me.

Sunday morning I stopped at 2 different stores in Big Town after church.  The first I paid cash, the second I used my card as I was buying more than groceries.  (Halloween costumes were 90% off and we needed to buy new shoes.) I did a much better job of sticking to my shopping list and actually decided I could make substitutions with what I already had at home, rather than pay $5.xx per pound for a roast.

Overall, not the most perfect of efforts.  However, I was much more aware of how I was paying.  Seems going to cash is going to take more effort than I thought it would.

Pot Roast with Bacon and Vegetables collage

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For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.

Also check out¬†Confessions of a Homeschooler’s¬†November’s Monthly Meal Plan.