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Meal Plan Ideas – December – Family of 6

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you will have noticed that I have been sharing my weekly meal plans with my grocery haul. I thought I would take it further, share it on my blog and link to the recipes, or page number in the book I have been using. Sharing is caring am I right? If I share, can I request you share this blog post with others as well?? It would be appreciated. One last request, if you have a go-to recipe, please comment on the post and I will try and include it in our meal plan to try out.

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Before I begin, let me provide a bit of background. I recently went through Jordan Page’s Budget Boot Camp program and then it paid for itself on my first week of applying my grocery budget. No word of a lie, I was spending $1,500 – $2,000 a month on groceries, only to waste so much or not use the products I was buying. I was buying because it was on sale, but not because I was being intentional on using it or planned to use it. I just figured, oh it is such a good price, I will buy it.

After I watched all the videos, I decided to start applying a budget for our life and to start with groceries. It’s our biggest expense, and it was out of control. It was time to turn it into a fixed expense. That is when I decided to try the $100/person budget. At first, I thought, that is going to be impossible. I took the budget as a guideline and figured out how to make it work for us, here in Canada. First of all, it’s $100/person/week, but it only includes foods. I do not include items such as dog food, toilet paper, laundry detergent, cleaning products and so on.

After 7 weeks of challenging myself, I can say that I did it and did it even better!! On average, I was spending $140/week (Christmas week was not included as I didn’t want to restrict it for holidays as a personal choice). I bet I could do even better if I really stuck to using everything in my freezer, fridge and pantry. However, I like to introduce change into my life one step at a time. Here are our weekly budgets for November/December with as many links as I could do to help you find the recipes.

(I linked the recipes I used. Otherwise, I made the meal from scratch out of ingredients I had at home)

November

Week 4 (this is the week I started)

MEALS

To view my $170 grocery haul & receipts, click on my Instagram post here.

December

Week 1

MEALS

  • Chilli on top of macaroni
  • Chicken, macaroni and veggie casserole
  • Sneaky Spaghetti sauce and spaghetti
  • Lasagna and garlic bread.
  • Pizza roll-ups 
  • Chicken quesadilla and rice

To view my $136 grocery haul & receipts, click on my Instagram post here.

WEEK 2

MEALS

To view my $146 grocery haul & receipts, click on my Instagram post here.

Week 3

MEALS

  • Layered Cob Salad
  • Thigh Master Braised Balsamic Chicken (p. 138) with fried rice
  • Pita Pizzas (have many leftover pitas from last week)
  • Unrolled Cabbage Rolls (p. 238)
  • The Lion King Marinated Pork Loin (p. 209) with Darthtaters(p. 271)
  • Shepard’s Pie With Squashed Potatoes (p. 242)
  • Isn’t She Lovely Zucchini Loaf (p. 298)

The Looneyspoons book that was used for my recipes was the following:

To view my $141 grocery haul & receipts, click on my Instagram post here.

Week 4 – No Budget Set (Spent $300)

Christmas Week

22nd – Ordered from McDonald’s and did a Twinkle Tour Drive

23rd – Pork Loin (from the previous week)

24th – Ham Lunch with a large selection of cold salads and baking

25th – Omelette Lunch & ordered Chinese Food

26th – Turkey supper with all the fixings

27th – Turkey stuffing casserole

28th – Ham steaks & oven fried potatoes

29th – Ham Tetrazzini

Currently looking through the Yum & Yummer cookbook for my upcoming meal plan.

 

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