I went grocery shopping last Friday armed with a list that I had made the night before after conferring with Y on what meals he would like for the next 2 weeks. It actually made grocery shopping much easier because I pretty much stuck to the list. I say pretty much because I won't pass up on a good sale because its not on my list. I also had to add some snacks in. I spent $160 for groceries for 2 weeks which is right on par with what I would normally spend. The difference is that I bought quite a bit more meat than I normally would. I hardly ever buy meat so Y will get fed up and just go buy it. Kinda weird and I'm not really sure why I do that.
The problem with it is that I haven't made any of the meals that we had planned on. I have still cooked but some how managed to make other things that just sounded good. I still have the ingredients to make the meals we planned. I guess that this menu planning is a work in progress. I can definitely see how one would save money by menu planning and grocery shopping accordingly.