So, the planning is done, I’ve come home from the grocery store and the first thing I do is lay it all out on the table for the blog picture and then gather my receipts to put together my post.
Then there are just a few things I do to prepare for the week.
I have two great pampered chef pitchers I got as gifts that hold a gallon each. I make up a batch of iced tea and a batch of lemonade (2 cups lemon juice, 2 cups sugar, 14 cups water) and keep those in the fridge to drink throughout the week.
Next, If I’ve bought meat which is usually in a family size package I split it into freezable portions. A lot of times I buy 5 lbs of hamburger at a time. I stretch it by separating it into 6 equal portions, each a little less than a pound, and wrap it in foil for the freezer.
Then I whip up double batches of the muffins I have on the menu. This week it was Orange Muffins. I freeze half of them for snacks during the week and the other half stays out for Breakfast.
And that’s it. That’s how I do it. Nothing fancy, no tricks up my sleeve. I’m sure there are still ways that I can improve and save and I’m constantly adding new ideas and refining my processes to work better for me.
I hope that this little look into my routine has sparked some ideas for you to use. And just to let you know I didn’t shrink my budget down overnight. It was a constant education and took some time for me to refine it to where it is today. So don’t be discouraged if you’re having a hard time lowering your own budget. Any decrease is good!