**This blog post may contain affiliate links. Learn more.I love watching videos where people share what they’re actually eating for meals as inspiration for my own meal planning on a budget, so I decided to make one! I have made it my personal mission to cook every single week night since Nate began school on February 5th and so far, I believe I have done it with the exception of maybe two nights (you’ll see one in this video). I have never given myself full creative reign over dinner because we have always been kind of all over the place with meal planning. Nate would go to the grocery on his way home from work several times a week to pick up things here and there. Often times, we would have just a few things on hand and one of us would decide we didn’t want to eat that and end up grabbing fast food. You all know how it goes.
But now we have less time and I need control over something in this season of our life. I like to have dinner on the table or almost ready when Nate gets home. I know it helps him and it helps my sanity. We are eating better (believe it or not), budgeting with ONE trip to the grocery a week on the weekend, and I am 100% less stressed about meals because I know what the heck is going on. Ha! Some weeks are healthier than others but for the most part we are eating more veggies and not eating take out so I’m calling it a win. I sneak spinach into everything even if it’s covered in cheese. Sorry not sorry.
I’ll be sharing a peak into how I meal plan for the week, how I budget/coupon, and our latest grocery hall on my YouTube channel soon. My method is pretty simple and I know I can and will do better as I continue to do it more! I have been slacking on using Ibotta (referral link) – do any of you use this? I signed up so long ago but never kept up with it. I know tons of people use it religiously and get a lot of money back! Tell me all your tips and tricks! I am never going to be an extreme coupon-er but hey, I saved about $25 with coupons on this last haul so I feel alright about myself! Stay tuned!