While I’m not a frugal blogger, and I’m Definitely not a food blogger, I am a mom who tries to put meals on the table that don’t break the bank. I like to say we were cheap before it was cool! I know many of you are looking to save in 2014, and meal planning is a super simple way to do it.
The key is designing your meals around the proteins on sale. Luckily, Albertson’s makes it easy. They have their whole ad online, and once you get to the store they offer easy, card-free savings on all the things you need.
Here’s the simple list of dinners I planned for this week after looking through the ad:
- Wednesday: Lemon, caper chicken Chicken breasts are just 1.69 a lb. with the coupon in the ad this week-a great price! This recipe sounds fancy, but it’s really easy.
- Thursday: Spaghetti Jennie-O Ground turkey is 4.99 this week, and gluten free pasta is on sale, too. I already have sauce in my pantry. I usually do green salad and garlic bread on spaghetti nights.
- Friday: Chicken Caesar salad I’m cooking a little extra when I make dinner Wednesday, so I can use the leftovers over fresh greens. I just use bottled dressing.
- Saturday: Breakfast for dinner! There are great, in-ad coupons for eggs and bacon this week, and blueberries and strawberries are on sale, too. Waffles with fresh fruit is one of Henry’s favorite meals. If you’ve never tried it before, replacing a dinner with a breakfast or soup/sandwich meal is one of the simplest ways to shave a good 10% off your weekly grocery bill.
- Sunday: I’m trying this rosemary chicken recipe in my slow cooker. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
- Monday: Not going to lie-Monday is a Scout/karate night, and we’re doing pizza from the deli!
- Tuesday: Dinner at church I’m sure to be swinging into Albertson’s for a last minute contribution. It’s always my go-to solution for any last minute additions I need (and, yes, I do everything at the last minute)!
As you can see, nothing on that list is super fancy, and even if I didn’t have a thing in my pantry, the total bill would be very reasonable. The key is just to plan your meal around what the best deals are, rather than picking your menu first. Simple, right? Whatever your family’s tastes, you’ll always find great deals on fresh food at your neighborhood Albertson’s. You can see the whole weekly ad here. If you haven’t used it already (What??) be sure to grab your 5.00 off coupon, too!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by our friends at Albertson’s! #realfreshnw