Becoming a Frugal Momma: Meal Planning

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Many people operate under the assumption that if you are oilfield, then you must be filthy rich. Well, here’s a newsflash: My husband is filthy most of the time he is at work, but we are no where near rich. We brought along all of our previous debt, minus one full-time income, plus a newborn when we became an oilfield family. Despite all of that, we are blessed to have all of our bills paid on time, food in our pantry, the ability to do some fun things, and plans for the future. To help facilitate these plans, I’ve started trying to live a more frugal lifestyle.

My first Becoming a Frugal Momma post was about making things at home that you would normally buy at the store. (Still making and loving the baby wipes!) This post is about meal planning. I’m sure some of you already do this, and I’ve known about this for a while but, for some reason, it took me a while to catch on and actually put the concept into practice.

I looked through my freezer and pantry yesterday and was able to come up with dinner for the next 8 days. I wanted to use only meats that I already had in my household and buy as few extras as possible. Here is what is for dinner at our house for the next week:

-French Bread Pizzas (Recipe from The Pioneer Woman)

-Ground meat and gravy, with rice and corn

-Baked BBQ chicken, with mac & cheese and green beans

-Eating out with my former boss (I don’t have to cook! YAY!)

-Burgers with fries

-Pork chops (Not sure what I’m doing with them just yet, so if you have any great pork chop recipes, shout them out! Well, don’t really shout. Comment below.)

-Stew meat with mashed potatoes

-Left overs (This might change as there is a pound of ground turkey in the freezer…hmm…)

I also planned out some lunches, but I never seem to be able to come up with a lot of variety in that area. All in all, I was able to go to the store and only spend $26.36! I had a sinking feeling that I was going to bust my $25.00 budget when I was at the register, but I think I can deal with $1.36 over.

I also wanted to share some websites that provide inspiration to me and, hopefully, will provide some to you:

-Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman– Absolutely love her!

$5 dollar dinners– This website is a must for me. I love how creative Erin Chase can get to stay on budget. Kid-friendly too!

Pinterest– C’mon. Did you really think I’d leave this one out?

Not only does meal planning save money, it also saves time. It’s a great feeling knowing that I don’t have to stare into my pantry and try to figure out what I’m going to put on the table in an hour. That my friends, is almost as good as the feeling of saving money.

Do you use meal planning? What are some tips and resources that you find helpful? Comment below or send me a tweet!

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About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!

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