I planned all my meals for a month, went to Costco with a list in hand for what I need for the next 2 weeks... and spent only 111.85 on groceries for 2 weeks!!
This feeds a family of 6!
Indeed that IS huge. I plan my meals but not that well apparently! I need help doing that. We have a family of 4, and that would definitely be a good two weeks for us. If you have tips, please let me know where to find them!
My frugal achievement of the week is that I had friends for brunch and made creme brulee french toast entirely out of all the bread ends I save and freeze (the recipe actually calls for you to cut off the crusts, so I basically did the reverse). It was delish and cost me about 1-2 cups of milk and some brown sugar! The rest of the ends we pureed into tasty bread crumbs
I was just given a pasta machine, I'll have to try that butternut squash ravioli as well!
I think the thing that tripped me up before was thinking my meal plans had to be elaborate. They don't. Its ok to have kraft macaroni and cheese planned once in a while...
I also discovered the joy of soaking beans overnight and cooking a giant crock pot full of beans the next day.
The other secret is to just not eat giant portions. My man and I are watching our weight and are doing so by following the two fists together rule. Thats the size of your stomach, if your plate has more food than that... you don't need to eat it.
We don't have all 4 kids every day of the week either, so that is partly why its cheap.