How to Meal Plan On a Tight Budget includes having a weekly grocery list or a meal plan shopping list, making a budget for family meal plans and sticking to your shopping list for a tight budget.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.
Budgeting is fun. There I said it.
I know it’s not for everyone though, so I’m sharing my favorite tips and tricks that keep me motivated to stick to my grocery budget and sometimes even under the budget!
Before I continue, I have to say when I made my grocery list for this month I didn’t expect to pick up these two products when I passed the frozen meat section at Walmart.
Did you read that specially marked label? I had never seen it before, maybe you have and I’m new to the game. Have you?
No antibiotics ever
Ever! Hallelujah! Amen!So the question is: How do you meal plan on a budget?
- Plan! It’s been said, and it will be said again, plan. If you don’t plan, you’ll fail at sticking to your budget. If you plan at least you have something to aim for, right? Sit down with a pen and paper + calendar and figure out how many meals you need. i.e. how many breakfast, lunch, snacks, suppers (as we call it in the deep south)…then write down what you want to eat/cook. It really is that simple.
Sale ads! Comb the sale ads for your local groceries and base your meals off of what is on sale that week!
- Go without! There have been times we simply go without and our meals are super basic and simple. When you cut out the frills, you’ll be surprised at the money you save.
- Treat yourself! Kind of seems contrary to the whole topic, right? Well…many times on my grocery day I’ll pick up a little treat for us, something we don’t usually eat or something I don’t usually buy, but something convenient for me to fix on shopping day.
- I treated my family to the Tyson® honey BBQ chicken strips and I served them with coleslaw and green beans the other night. Talk about a super easy meal yet one that was a hit at our family supper table! I also picked up some Tyson crispy chicken strips to have on hand for additional mealSimple meals that are quick and easy with Tyson chicken strips, because specially marked Tyson chicken products are raised with no antibiotics ever, with 100% all natural* ingredients (*No artificial ingredients, minimally processed)
- Green Tossed Salad with Chicken Strips on top
- Main Dish paired with a side or two
- Chicken Wraps
- Chicken Sandwich
- Serve as an appetizer with a dipping sauce
- Hot Chicken Salad All specially marked Tyson chicken (including nuggets, strips, and Any’tizers® snacks) is raised with no antibiotics ever. Moms can feel good about serving all Tyson chicken no antibiotics ever products to their families. Tyson chicken products are made with a long-standing dedication to quality, for the way we want to eat today. Check out this video to learn more about Tyson chicken!
- Cook! If you can make it from scratch it’s always cheaper and better on the budget!
- Eat leftovers! Plan your meals where you have left overs and have a week night where you all eat left overs.
- Put stuff back! I have been grocery shopping before where I jumped over my budget…I began to stand there and figure out what could go back on the shelf and what we could do without, you might surprise yourself on this one!
- Base your meals off of seasonal foods! Anytime you can cook the vegetables and eat the fruit that is in season, you’ll come out on the cheaper side (i.e. in the winter, citrus is in season so we eat a lot of citrus because it’s cheaper during the growing season).
Have you considered meals that go a long way? Meals that are inexpensive?
What are ways you meal plan on a budget?
Hi I’m Erin a Southern mama from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers capture their kiddos and life, talking all things home, parenting and how we navigate through life. You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our little two year old, Miss E, in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that we run two successful businesses! Follow me at: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST