Happy New Year! I am welcoming 2014 as a year of change and drive. Pushing myself to try new things, and work harder to save more and pay off debt. When Jon and I looked at our budget last year during our Marriage Oneness class, we always kept thinking – where can we cut back? One huge area of our budget is the grocery store. Well, not just the market – household in general. The main shops are Sam’s Club, Target & Ralph’s. I never shop around for groceries. I use what’s convenient and on my way to picking up the kids before heading home. Our town has a variety of grocers – Vons, Ralph’s, Stater Brothers, Albertsons, Smart & Final. Each week we receive the fliers for deals, and each week I don’t even take the time to look through them.
I don’t think out our meals ahead of time. I do shop often for an item here or there that we’d need for an upcoming dish. But 2014 is changing all this. I’m starting a new series – to share how this journey is, and to be real. And since we’re being real, I feel like having the “right” supplies will make this fun and easy. HA HA! I bought the above items from Staples and created that meal ideas printout to just jot down some meals I find from Pinterest or one of my many cookbooks. I’ll be doing weekly updates on Thursdays, since I’m planning on getting everything done and shopped for by the Wednesdays of each week.
One quick update I forgot to mention. A lot of the dishes I’m going to be planning are from eMeals. They asked me to sign on as a blogger and try out their program. I chose the type of meals we eat as a family, and what grocery store we typically shop at. Each week they email me a pdf of 7 recipes and shopping list to use based on some of the items on sale. I picked the Classic Menu. eMeals has a lot of different plans including Clean Eating. Check out this PDF with a sample menu that you can try out!
So, follow along, and any tips, I’m greatly appreciative. Thanks!
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