If you missed Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 make sure you check them out:) Make sure you read the rest of the How to Feed A Family of 5 Healthy Meals for under $70 a week series.
How to Feed a family of 5 Healthy Meals for Under $70 a week
A very important part of feeding your family healthy meals on a budget of $70 a week is meal planning. Knowing what you are going to be cooking in advanced will save not only money but time as well. It will cut out the random shopping trips for things you may need that you did not think of when you were shopping during the week. Of course once you build a stockpile of your basic all the time used items meal planning is easy to do by just looking in your stockpile and then getting the things you need to fill the holes in your meals like the fresh produce.
When you are planning your meals there are many ways to keep track of what you plan on making. You can use a calender (which is my favorite and easiest way for me and you can get one really cheap at your local dollar store) or just write it on a piece of paper and stick it on the fridge or find another way that works for you. This will make you know what you are making with a quick glance.
When planning your meals start with looking in your stockpile and plan as much as you can from that and then add your fresh items and things not in your stockpile to your shopping list and when you go to the store to get the things you need for meals stick to your list. You can make meals like pasta with sauce a healthy meal by adding fresh produce like peppers and onions and because you are able to get sauce and pasta for really cheap (and many times snag free pasta) add a salad to it (using produce that is on sale that week or found in the reduced section) for a cheap healthy meal(I will be sharing a full menu planned out with you at the end of the week that is an example of one of our weeks menus that is under $70)
When planning your meals also make sure to plan your produce needs around what is on sale that week at your store and to plan your meals around your stores sale cycle so you are getting the best prices on your produce.
Print out the FREE Meal Planning, Weekly Budget & Shopping List Printables and you will be able to keep track and be organized with your planning.
Coming up with meals can be tricky especially when you do not want to eat the same thing over and over again but there are many places you can find recipes that you can adjust to what you have on hand, which we will get into tomorrow so make sure you come back for part 5 of Feeding your family meals on a budget of $70 a week 🙂
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