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April 2020 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

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Spring is always a crazy time of year for our family. It’s the end of the school year, and we are gearing up to summer break (my favorite time of year)! 

 

This month, I am committed to sharing with you how my family deals with all of these  “unforeseen” events and plans for them as much as possible. 

 

This monthly grocery haul on a budget of $380 is really helping our family of five feel like we are eating healthy, while still sticking with a budget that is realistic while living in an expensive city. Take a look at our Costco grocery haul on a budget and learn tips to save money on groceries.

 

Pearl! I got you! Make sure you read this article on how to meal plan for beginners. In there you will find all the tips you need to make sure that you plan to the best of your ability and stay on budget!

 

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I’m also always sharing our daily frugal living tips for summer survival over on my Instagram stories! It’s super fun over there so don’t forget to follow along!

 

 

Our Family’s Monthly Grocery Budget

 

If you are new here, hi! You are probably interested to know what we set for our monthly grocery budget. This is how we work it. 

 

$380 for consumable goods for our giant monthly grocery haul. $160 for non consumable goods. In addition to that, using our cash envelope budget we use $35 each week for fresh produce and milk. 

 

In order to be able to take advantage of sales throughout the month, we budget $40 each month to use when I see a super great deal. We will then freeze or store that food and use it in planning the following month’s meal plan. 

 

The key to sticking to monthly meal plan on a budget is to make sure that when you are making your grocery list, you put for every single item an estimated cost and then total what you expect to pay at the register.

 

It’s a super simple step that you can do to make sure you stick to your grocery budget. I make it even easier for you with this free meal planning printable.

 

 

 

This monthly grocery haul on a budget of $380 is really helping our family of five feel like we are eating healthy, while still sticking with a budget that is realistic while living in an expensive city. Take a look at our Costco grocery haul on a budget and learn tips to save money on groceries.

 

April 2020 5 WEEK Meal Plan

In this meal planning video I show you the steps I’m taking to not only plan a month of meals like normal, but also what I’m doing different to prepare for long term quarantine!

To get this month’s meal plan, sign up for my FREE Meal Planning on a Budget Templates and every month I send out an email with links to all the recipes we are eating that month. 

You’ll notice that the meal plan is a $340 budget but my grocery haul is $500. That is because the grocery haul not only includes the budget for food (for the meal plan) but also other miscellaneous supplies we need for the family.  

April 2020 Grocery Haul

I ended up going monthly grocery shopping almost two weeks early to make sure that I could get what we needed. Take a look at the video to see what I was able to find at Costco and Target right in the middle of all the chaos of quarantine…

 

 

I’d love to hear any questions you have! Leave them down in the comments below!

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  • Alex
    April 20, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Hi! I am new to your blog, but LOVE what I am reading so far. I am just wondering (as a super visual person) do you have links to your monthly meal plans and/or recipes? Thank you!

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