Menu planning is something I started a little over 2 years ago in order to help with the crazy weeknight routine. At that time, both my husband and I were working full-time jobs, both kids were in daycare all day, and we were spending way too much money on take-out and pizza. Something had to give! It was so nice to come home from work and not have to worry about what we were going to eat, where we were going to get it, or how much money it would take.
Now that I’m no longer working outside of the home, I have more time for cooking, but the budget is more of a concern. Planning out each week’s menu is a huge help when you’re working with a budget. I typically do all of the shopping for the week on one trip, whereas I used to pop into the store after work up to 4 times a week to get what we needed, spending more money each trip. If you plan your menu around what’s on sale at the stores, you can save even more money, but I’m still working up to that.
Now, on to this week’s menu!
January 13 – 19
- Monday: Dining Out
- Tuesday: Crockpot Salsa Chicken
- Wednesday: BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
- Thursday: No-Boil Baked Penne from Plain Chicken
- Friday: Homemade Pizza (Pizza/Movie Night!)
- Saturday: Montreal Chicken w/Brown Rice and Veggies
- Sunday: Crockpot Roast (post coming soon!)
What are you cooking up this week?
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