So 2 weeks ago I attempted to meal plan for 2 weeks instead of for 1. My thought was that I would save time and money by not going to the store as often. In theory this seemed great for me.
I spent over an hour on the planning day. I printed a menu and all of the recipes. I made a very detailed grocery list. I even planned out lunches and snacks.
Then I went grocery shopping. I spent almost 2 weeks budget leaving some left to pick up more milk and fresh produce later.
The first week went great. I stuck to the menu and having the recipes printed out saved time when I started cooking. I had all of the ingredients for everything and it went smoothly.
The second week is when I started to have problems. I had to go to the store to pick up some more fresh things. Then I ended up changing my mind on some meals because by the time the day came to make it I decided I wasn't in the mood for it. So then I headed back to the store to pick up a few more things.
Over all I ended up spending more and spent more time at the store. I am sure this works for some people but since I tend to cook what sounds good I think planning week by week works better for us. As the kids get older though going to the store with them gets easier so I am just going to continue to meal plan weekly and try to stick to the menu.
This week we have planned:
Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Cesar salad
Skinny Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Noodles
Turkey Enchilada's with a Garden Salad
Chicken Pizza Sliders with bacon green beans
Quick meal- Rotisserie chicken with sides