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

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  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


  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


  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.