This has been the first time that I've really tried to stick to a menu plan and its going okay. We've made it 4 days and we've made 4 of the planned menu items, just not on the day that they were supposed to happen. On Tuesday, we had planned to have pork loin, potatoes and veggies. Y decided to make lasagna instead. Yesterday we were going to have spaghetti but Y made pork loin. We had chili today instead of tuna melts.
I think that it might be best to plan a certain number of meals but leave it open on which day we make what. It is helpful to have a list posted in the kitchen of meals that we have everything for instead of wondering if we should make something and only having half the ingredients.
I think to make this work I need to loosen it up a little bit on which day we have what. I think that it will cut down on unnecessary grocery spending.
Lil Punk is using the potty all the time now. She still has accidents at daycare but we're working on that. If she goes the entire day at daycare without an accident, she gets to pick out a treat at the store on the way home. She usually gets string cheese so its not like she's getting candy to ruin her dinner. Cutting diapers out of the budget will free up about $60 or more per month. I can buy treats to see the end of that.
How do others do their menu plan? Do you just plan a certain number of meals and decide what to make that day? Or do you always stick to having what you wrote down on the menu plan?