I love Sundays. Lately we have been going to the Saturday night service at church. It makes Sundays very relaxing. I really enjoy cooking, cleaning and getting ready for the work week ahead.
Today was a great day. I worked on our meal plan, took a quick trip to two grocery stores, and prepped meals for the week ahead. I spent a total of $10.92 out of pocket this week (partially thanks to gift cards from Publix that we got for getting our flu shots at Publix).
I was inspired by Free to Frugal, a YouTuber, to reconsider how I meal plan. She only plans three dinners to cook each week and they eat the leftovers the other nights and have a standing pizza night on Fridays. Brilliant! Most of the time when I plan and cook meals, we end up with too many leftovers and I carry meals over to the next week’s meal plan.
I encourage you to check out Free to Frugal. She got my attention when I found out she and her husband paid off their mortgage in 5 years.
Here is our meal plan for this week:
Sloppy Joes, chips and salsa
Pork chops, rice pilaf and asparagus
Chili (making to take to church Chili Cook-off on Saturday)
BBQ chicken in the crockpot, veggie, rice
Lunches will be sandwiches, chips, hummus with raw veggies, and maybe some leftovers. I made my homemade hummus yesterday. Breakfasts will be cereal with milk, yogurt or homemade egg mcmuffins.
Here is what I did today to prep for the week:
I made the Sloppy Joes. I don’t follow a recipe and probably make them a little different every time.
I also cooked chicken breasts in the crock pot and then shredded the chicken for sandwiches. I also made some chicken salad.
I boiled eggs and made egg salad for sandwiches and I cut peppers to have with hummus. I already have snow peas and baby carrots on hand.
It looks like I will need to go back to the store to get a few items for the Chili to take to the Chili cook-off for Saturday.
Overall, our No Spend November is off to a great start. I still have the $50 visa gift card to use for groceries if necessary, but I am going to continue to try and get creative with what we have on hand. I may need that gift card to get supplies for Thanksgiving.
How is your November going so far? What ways did you find to save money this week?