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Beef Fund Update plus Meal Planning for the Week

March 3rd, 2021 at 02:52 am

I am still following a meal plan pretty closely to keep food costs down.  I haven't posted them for a while.  As you know my normal grocery budget is $400 every two weeks for an adult family of four.  My goal has been to save $100 out of that into my fund to buy a side of beef, or maybe a whole one, by the end of summer.  I also save any extra from that grocery budget that I didn't spend.  For the month of February I was able to save $242 into my Beef Fund, bringing the total to $1002 saved so far.

Day One:  BBQ Pork Ribs (Hak's Organic BBQ sauce), baked potatoes, Normandy vegetables, apples

Day Two:  Mexican Food, MIL's treat

Day Three:  Gluten Free Baked Lasagna, salad

Day Four:  4 Meat Meatloaf, fried potatoes, green beans, apples

Day Five:  Homemade gluten free Pizza with pepperoni, ham, sausage, red onions, bell peppers, and fresh basil, pineapple

Day Six:  Chicken stew with parsnips, sweet potatoes, potates, celery, onions, garlic, thyme, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper, broccoli, and oranges

Day Seven:  Beef Chuck Roast, baked sweet potatoes, green beans, bananas

3 Responses to “Beef Fund Update plus Meal Planning for the Week”

  1. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Impressive. How did you manage to save $242? What caused such a substantial difference in the month?

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    LAL--I took $400 in cash out each payday, but I put $100 of it into the Beef Envelope each payday, so I only had $300 to work with every two weeks. I acted like that extra $100 wasn't there. Then I planned my meal plans as much as possible around what we already had in the pantry and freezers and fridge, only buying what I needed to round out my meal plan or to stock up on something with a good price. If you are using cash to pay you have to keep track of it and when it is gone it is gone. There is no whipping out of cards and dealing with the totals later. I use a calculator so there are no surprises at the check out counter. Anything I had left of the $300 at the end of each pay period went in as well. That's where the $42 came from. I did a lot of my shopping at Winco and Fred Meyer, which tend to be the cheaper stores around here. Oh, I also look at the ads every week and can structure meal plans around the sales if there are any good ones.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    That's quite a savings! Good planning on your part!

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