My husband and I started out doing the Dave Ramsey way of budgeting. It totally works if you’re disciplined enough to do it! We were for about a year and then fell off the wagon. I have such a hard time with my grocery budget and we had it set at $800 per month. There’s six people in our family and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to keep it at $800. For some reason Jordan’s way of budgeting is SO MUCH SIMPLER to me, and it definitely keeps me from going over! It is a simple but super smart idea to budget weekly instead of monthly.
With that being said, I CANNOT stay within my means if I don’t meal plan. So for those of you who don’t want to meal plan, take advantage of me. I’m going to provide you with my weekly meal plans and I’ll also let you know how the new recipes are that I try.
Meal Planning for the week of May 20-26
Marlboro Man’s Second Favorite Sandwich
My husband doesn’t like chicken. He loves red meat. But he was very impressed with this meal. He said and I quote, “This is the best chicken sandwich I’ve ever had by a long shot!” I did tweak the recipe just a bit. I put garlic powder on as well as the lemon pepper. I also made it with thick cut turkey bacon and added butter to the pan since there’s not much fat. I ate mine in a lettuce wrap instead of a bun.
Hit up the pioneer woman for the recipe
Honey Sesame Chicken
If you’re like me and skim recipes, don’t skim on this one. There are several ingredients here that the typical cook may not have. I don’t make a lot of chinese type meals, so I needed to get quite a few things for this. You’ll also need to let your chicken marinate for about an hour, so start early on this. It’s a messy recipe as well, so make sure your dishwasher is ready to load up the dishes. Other than that, it tasted amazing and was even better the next day! I doubled the recipe and it makes about 10 servings worth.
Check out OMG Chocolate Desserts for this recipe.
Chipotle’s Copy Cat Barbacoa Burrito’s
Great meal for those days that you need to throw something in the crockpot. Husbands love these kinds of meals. It’s always fun to try and copy a restaurant’s recipe anyways. I have tried another version of this recipe and did not fall in love, but this one was ahhh-mazing!
Click on this for the slow roasted italian’s recipe
Beef Tips and Gravy
Honestly, this was not the greatest thing i’ve ever had. It calls for Coke, and I felt like I could taste the coke in the meat. It was just a little too sweet tasting for me. It wasn’t a favorite in our family. But we also aren’t huge fans of beef tips. If you like beef tips in general, you might love this. The meat was very tender!
Find it here at Aunt Bee’s Recipes
This one is pretty self explanatory. Our small town pizza place has a family deal for $22. It lasts us a few days because I usually don’t eat the pizza since i’m a low carb eater. So the price and convenience is a life saver.
Macaroni and cheese / Hot dogs / Spaghetti
Also self explanatory. By the time I got done grocery shopping for those other meals, which required some expensive meats.. I needed to throw in some cheap and easy stuff. I always keep these kinds of things around for when I don’t feel like cooking something an actual meal. Which is about once a week.
LEFTOVERS, LEFTOVERS, LEFTOVERS!!!
For lunch, for dinner, for lunch AND dinner if need be! Eat your leftovers and you won’t find yourself shopping mid-week for other meals to fill in the week.