I have gotten into the habit for January of frugality. I am now spending Fridays preparing for the upcoming week by reading sale flyers of the stores and planning my Saturday shopping accordingly. I also do coupon matchups with the sales in the stores and then label envelopes with the name of each store. Into each envelope I put the coupons for each store along with a printed list from the stores website of what I am shopping for (if the store doesnt offer this feature just write down your shopping list on the envelope itself). I put all of the envelopes in ready for my errands on Saturday. Next I take stock of what I have in the freezer and pantry as well as the sales I have just geared up for and start meal planning by gathering recipes and putting them altogether on one document that I can put on the fridge so I dont have to scramble for the recipe I need and so I can make sure I have all the ingredients. I dont assign days to my meals because at heart I am a rebel and have a problem sticking with my plans so I just make sure I have meal plans and then play it by ear which is what I do with my entire life best.
Here are the meal plans/recipes for next week -
Greek Lemon Chicken Drumsticks with with buttered noodles and broccolli
Turkey Potpie Casserole with tossed salad
Pot Roast with carrots & baby potatoes
Scalloped Potatoes & Ham Casserole with a side of buttered spinach
Fish & Chips with coleslaw
Comet Cafe Meatloaf with baked macaroni& cheese & collard greens