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April Monthly Meal Plan: The First Two Weeks

You guys know that normally, I like to do monthly menu planning. But with Pesach coming in the middle of the month, I just can't put it all together into one plan. It just feels wrong to have all that chametz on the same plan with my matzah! So, … [Read more...]

March Monthly Meal Plan ~ Link Up to Your Plans, Too!

I feel like I need to take a deep breath before heading into this month. March, Adar, Purim... and the looming thought of Pesach. I'll be honest - it fills me with joy, yes. But also a bit of anxiety, too. My goals for my meal plan this month are … [Read more...]

February Monthly Meal Plan ~ Link Up to Yours, Too!

A short month! Hooray - that means my grocery dollars don't have to get stretched quite as far. And I don't have to come up with quite as many meal options! I'm sharing my monthly meal plan with you because I want to show you that menu planning … [Read more...]

January Monthly Meal Plan

After a crazily haphazard month of December, in which I completely flew by the seat of my pants, I am getting back on the monthly menu planning bandwagon with a vengeance. This is going to be a busy month - several late night meetings, plus I am … [Read more...]

What happens when you DON’T menu plan

My in-laws came for a visit the first week in December. They have very different dietary preferences than we do (let's just say they like meat. Red meat.). So rather than make our normal monthly menu plan, we decided to wait until they arrived and … [Read more...]

November Monthly Meal Plan

I am far from perfect with my menu planning. But all of my shortcomings have taught me one thing: The surest way to blow your budget is not to have a menu plan. Recently, I concluded that for me, planning a month at a time is the easiest, most … [Read more...]

How to Save Money with Menu Planning

I have sung the praises of menu planning before on this blog, and earlier this week, I shared with you my likely menu plan for October. ("Likely" because sometimes life happens and potato and kale gratin turns into potato bourekas from the … [Read more...]

October Monthly Meal Plan

With all the chagim and crazy cooking schedules of last month, October is going to be about getting back to basics. Would you believe we have no chag or Shabbat leftovers? We had a pot-luck left-overs meal on Shabbat afternoon and cleaned out our … [Read more...]

Planning for the Chagim, Part 5: Frugal Sukkot Meal Plan

Before going to bed last night, I banged out my menu plan for the next two weeks. As you  might remember, I increased my food budget for the month of September to $700, to account for hosting numerous Rosh Hashana and Sukkot meals. As it's turned … [Read more...]

Planning for the Chagim, Part 3: Shopping Lists & Making Challah

Okay, first of all, let me be real with you all. I had really good intentions of being super efficient and getting all this food made ahead of time. Well, guess what? Bad habits won out again. Rosh Hashana starts in 2 days, and I'm playing catch up. … [Read more...]