The Weekly Frugal Food Plan

frugal foodFood is quickly becoming one of the biggest expenses in the average family’s budget. Attack your food budget with a weekly money-saving plan. Each day pick a task that will help you save money on your food bill. Developing a weekly frugal food plan can reduce the cost of feeding your family.

Below, you can see an example of my own weekly frugal food plan. You can use it as a guideline and customize it to make it your own, so it makes sense for you and your family.

Sunday

Go grocery shopping with a list and coupons. Distribute bulk snacks into individual containers for the week, wash and prep snack fruit or veggies for lunch items.

Monday

Create a flexible menu plan for the week based on Sunday’s grocery shopping plus items from the pantry. Make sure to include items for breakfast and lunch.

Tuesday

Pick up fruit and vegetable share from the CSA. This saves us about 30 percent on the cost of organic produce, sometimes more. Since having an abundance of organic produce available is important to us, I wanted to include this step. Similar activities might include gardening or visiting a farmer’s market.

Wednesday

Cook a bulk meal. Eat one portion for dinner and freeze the rest to prepare on frantic evenings. This saves us from having to spend money on meals out or convenience foods.

Thursday

Review the grocery store sales flyer for the following week (sales start on Sunday) and match the sales with coupons.

Friday

Dinner out. Use kids eat free promotions, coupons (from newspapers, social media, websites or the entertainment book) or gift cards to reduce the cost of the meal. Some weeks this meal is free! Some weeks we skip this step and make homemade pizza or another fun food.

Saturday

Quickly review items in the pantry, fridge and freezer. Use up or plan to use any items that are nearing their best buy or expiration dates.

Make a large batch of breakfast items that can be frozen and used during the week, such as pancakes, waffles, scones, muffins, or egg and cheese sandwiches. One batch can be used for Saturday morning breakfast.

 

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About Mary Ann Romans

Mary Ann Romans is a freelance writer, online content manager, wife and mother of three children. She lives in Pennsylvania in the middle of the woods but close enough to Target and Home Depot. The author of many magazine, newspaper and online articles, Mary Ann enjoys writing about almost any subject. "Writing gives me the opportunity to both learn interesting information, and to interact with wonderful people." Mary Ann has written more than 5,000 blogs for Families.com since she started back in December 2006. Contact her at maromans AT verizon.net or visit her personal blog http://homeinawoods.wordpress.com

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