One of the ways that I’m able to be flexible in my meal planning is by stocking up on staples when they are on sale. In fact, from week to week, I buy very few groceries – mostly fresh fruit, milk, eggs, and specific vegetables that I prefer fresh. I stock up on meat, pasta, rice, and frozen vegetables whenever they are on sale.
In fact, two weeks ago, Sweetbay had boneless skinless chicken breast on sale for $1.99/lb. It’s usually more than twice that, we bought about 45 pounds! I split them up into two-breast portions in freezer bags and now they’re ready to go in the freezer.
This helps us save money on groceries, especially more “whole” foods and less processed stuff, while having ingredients on hand in a pinch. I know that I can always throw some pasta, chicken breast, frozen vegetables and a jar of sauce together for dinner if needed.
For the menu posts going forward, I plan to include my approach for groceries in addition the menu and prep plan. I’ll point out the ingredients for each meal that I need to purchase compared to those that I already have on hand. Hopefully someone finds it helpful and/or can provide some feedback/tips!
Also, I’m almost out of ideas for these “other” types of posts, so if anyone has questions or things they want me to try out, let me know 🙂