So how did I cut it down? Truth is I'm cutting coupons but I rarely use them. I have been paying attention to our local grocery ads, and have realized that my first problem was shopping at the wrong grocery store. I always had manufacturer coupons from Ralphs that were tailored to my past purchases so I figured I'd be saving the most there but I have learned that Vons has the best sales on meat and produce which are our two biggest expenses. I pretty much only buy things on sale and have been saving about 30% each week, with very minimal coupons. I am also happy to say that while our meals are much less "fancy" we are still eating very few processed foods and getting our veggies and fruits in. We are learning that we don't buy fruits, veggies or meat because they sound good, but rather because they are on sale.
I know I had mentioned that I was going to do a recipe link up but in looking around the internet, there are already a ton of link ups out there and being honest with you, and myself, I'm not going to be able to commit to doing something every single week without fail. It's just not realistic for me right now. With that said, my plan is to share our menu for the coming up week as frequently as possible and give an update from the previous weeks menu. I have really loved reading these posts on other blogs and have start pinning some recipes from them.
Okay, so here's our menu for this week:
- Mexican Chicken Soup (recipe to follow tomorrow)
- Pork Chops with Chimichurri Sauce (Food Network)
- Garlic Rice Pilaf (one of my favorite side dishes, from Annie's Eats)
- Green Beans
- Apple Cider Chicken (Food Network)
- Mashed Potatoes
- Asian Turkey Meatballs w/ Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce (The Girl Who Ate Everything)
- Brown Rice
- Family Dinner
- Friend's wedding