Anyone else thinking about bathing suite season creeping up on us? That thought has played a part in the creation of this healthy meal plan!
More importantly, my fight to figure out why I have become insanely tired is the true motivation to eat much healthier.
I’m talking, first trimester tired here. NO, I’m not pregnant! But I feel that tired and it really is affecting my life and I need to fix it ASAP! I’m working with my doctor to figure things out and this healthy meal plan is a part of that.
Have any of you ever had to deal with this type of thing? I would love to hear what helped you! Let’s chat in the comments!
If you are currently experiencing this extreme drag in energy, make sure to follow me on Instagram! I share a lot of the behind the scenes stuff over there.
Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget
Nothing is changing at all when it comes to our monthly food budget even though we are drastically changing the quality of our food! There is a huge myth out there that it cost a bunch more money to have a healthy meal plan.
We still are sticking to our $300 monthly grocery trip, plus an additional $25 each week to cover fresh produce and a little milk for the kids.
The strategy is that we won’t be purchasing as many unhealthy snacks during our monthly grocery haul which will leave a bit of our “monthly grocery” budget. We can then use that extra cash to supplement our $25 “weekly grocery” budget since we will be buying a lot more produce.
How to Start Meal Planning
THE number one thing that helped us to cut our food spending by thousands a year, is solely attributed to meal planning!
You can read in more detail about how we go about monthly meal planning in this article. You will see exactly how we plan a budget so we are able to spend so much on groceries all at one time.
These printables I am sharing with you are the exact thing I use to keep our meal planning on budget. You can get them for FREE!
Though I have a complete months worth of meals all planned out for your convenience, it is still my suggestion that you print out these blank templates and fill in meals based off of what you already have in you pantry, fridge, and freezer.
You can use this pre-planned meal plan to give you some ideas. Download the meal planning templates by clicking on the image below.
Make sure that you are stacking the savings! After you have your grocery list in order. Make sure that you are shopping the sales at your local stores and be sure to get as many rebates as possible!
My very favorite and easiest way to get money back from grocery shopping is by using Ibotta!
It is SO SIMPLE! Get the app, look to see which rebates are available at the specific store you plan to shop at, purchase qualifying products, upload your receipt right into the app, and the cash will be credited to your account!
If you are new to using Ibotta, make sure to use my link to sign up and you will get $10 instantly after you claim your first rebate on top of all the other cash back you will be getting!
What it looks like to shop for an entire month at once!
May 2017 $400 Budget Monthly Meal Plan
Download this month’s FREE meal plan by clicking the image below.
Because we are doing a much more dedicated diet this month, I figured we need to make a plan for breakfast so we don’t end up eating scrambled eggs every morning. That would get old fast!
As for lunches, the plan is to eat leftovers (as normal) and a variety of salads. Hence the added grocery items of dressings and salad toppings like sliced almonds.
Dinner & Lunch Meal Plan
Breakfast Meal Plan
Are you ready for the challenge? Eating healthy is going to taste great and feel amazing, all while staying on budget!
Thanks for stopping in and I will talk to you soon! xoxo
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