January Meal Menu Ideas

One of our goals for 2014 was to learn to live on one income! We have decided that a way to help us achieve this goal is to plan out our meals. We need to know what we will be eating so that when it is time to go grocery shopping we know exactly what we will need and it will help to stop the impulse buying. I am also hoping that it will help with the times when we don’t know what to make and end up eating out, eating out is expensive. We have $400.00 each month to feed our family of 5, it will be tight but with careful planning I am sure that we can do it. I know that there will be some trial and error when it comes to doing this, I also realize to that this may not be a great idea for us as a family but we will give it a try.


We have planned out our suppers. On some days there are question marks, on those days I will create us a meal with what we have in our cupboards. For lunches we eat mostly sandwichs, wraps, and leftover. For breakfasts we east usually cereal, toast, oatmeal, eggs, or fruit. I make our rolls, and items for lunches such as rice krispie squares, muffins, and treats. This month I am going to start making our bread and hamburger buns. As I am sure you can tell we eat a lot of yhe same things over and over again. I do have a few new recipes on the January plan and I hope to get some new ideas for when it comes tome to make the Febraury plan.

Stay tuned, I will let you know at the beginning of February how we did with our plan and $400.00 grocery budget.  I will also set up our menu meal plan for February to share.

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  • Good luck with your monthly meal planning and I hope it works out well. We are working on about $220/month to feed a family of four and I can tell you it is not enough money. Thankfully we had a lot stocked in our cupboards but things are diminishing. Do you find it hard to get your kids to eat inexpensive foods? Our kids don’t like pasta. The affordable staple. One of them doesn’t like ground beef. The other hates soup. How am I supposed to eat cheap? LOL

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