Thursday, August 15, 2013

how to live within your means: meal planning

Today I'm sharing how I meal plan and grocery shop.

To give an overview of what I talk about in the vlog: I meal plan for 2 weeks at a time. I grocery shop once, at the beginning of each 2 week period. To make shopping and cooking simple, I make the same recipes over and over again.

In the video I share my meal planning "tools" and some of my favorite cookbooks along with a step by step process. I also mention my recipe board on Pinterest that you can view here. And I didn't mention it in the vlog, but we eat mostly chicken. I buy a bag of frozen chicken breasts from Costco and I'll usually get the pack of 2 whole chickens as well. I roast them and use the meat for a couple different meals (and make stock with what's left after we eat it).

If you have any questions leave them below and please share your tips and tricks for meal planning so we can all use them and perfect our own meal planning process!

In case you missed it, here are other posts from this series:
intro to how to live within your means
in the kitchen


  1. How do you avoid return trips for milk and fresh produce? I feel like aside from those items I could probably make your plan work :) I already do something similar, but yours is definitely more streamlined!

  2. You're such a good wife and mom, friend :)

    Love the updated blog!