Sunday Prep

Cooking, Debt Reduction, Finances, food, Frugal living

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?


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    November 12, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I do a lot of prep on Sundays, too, and am also finding out that I don’t really need to cook 7 meals on any week, either. For a long time now, we rely on what I’ve cooked on the weekends to get me through the first 1/2 of the week while I work and I usually cook another dinner on Wednesdays, and go through Thursday or Friday on that. Then, I cook some more. This is very different than when we had so many children at home. I cooked every single day, sometimes 3 meals each time, for up to 11 people at times in my life. But, now, it’s different.

    I may slip a soup or two in earlier in the day on other days, to use for lunches/ and dinner if wanted!!! Sometimes, I eat the same soup for an entire day–every meal, but that’s not my 1st choice. As my husband points out, only in a very few countries are we expected to eat something different every meal. In many cultures, they eat the same basic thing every single day–beans and tortillas in Mexico, red lentils, greens, and injera bread in some parts of Africa, and so forth. It works when we are super busy, and I cook more creatively when I can fit it in, because I actually love to cook and try new recipes. I also freeze meals for busy times to get more variety.

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