Meal Planning for Beginners – August 2018 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

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When life gets crazy my biggest tip for meal planning for beginners is to make freezer meals! The easiest way to tackle this task is to meal plan meals that can easily be duplicated in one night. Then it’s as simple as eat one that night and freeze the other for a busy night!

Meal planning for beginners can feel overwhelming. This meal plan is going to solve all the struggles moms find with meal planning on a budget! Easy, cheap, and quick dinner recipes. Easy and cheap lunch ideas. Every cheap meal idea on this meal plan is linked to help you get your grocery list together.

In this month’s meal plan on a budget I am doing exactly that! I’m thinking ahead. In just a few weeks school starts and we will be right in the middle of soccer season. That means a busy, busy, busy schedule!

So for everyone who is looking for tips on meal planning for beginners, pay attention to all meal ideas that have a “(2)” next to it. Those are the freezer meals that I plan to double. That means I will buying double the ingredients.

Does that double our budget? Nope! Even with doubling some of our meals, we still stick to our monthly grocery budget of $400!

It isn’t an exact mathematical equation but it works! For most recipes you aren’t using the entire package of every ingredient anyways. It works out most of the time to cost about ¼ of the price to create the second meal. That is a huge savings!


Questions About Monthly Meal Planning for Beginners?

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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My Favorite App for Grocery Shopping on a Budget

No mom has the time to spend continuously scanning apps looking for the best rebate offers and sales. Which is why I have minimized my rebate strategy to help maximize my savings in the smallest amount of time.

This free printable meal plan is full of easy summer dinner recipes that your family is going to love. Use these cheap summer dinner recipes to help you get started meal planning on a budget!

My very favorite app to us is Ibotta! I have done an entire tutorial on how to use the app to maximize your savings. But in a nutshell this is how I do it, I do my normal grocery shopping first.

Then once I get all my groceries home, I will quickly open the app and search the two stores that I just went shopping at to see if there are any rebates that apply to my groceries. There are usually 3-4 that I can claim. This saves me around $5 each time I use the app.

If that doesn’t sound like much, trust me! The three minutes that it takes me to save $5 is 100% worth it! These small savings add up quick and once you hit $20 you can cash out in PayPal or Venmo, or choose from a bunch of really awesome gift cards! I usually choose Target and treat myself to a well deserved “mom’s only” snack!

If you are new to Ibotta, sign up using this link or the code: qybjrj and you will automatically get $10 after you claim your first rebate! So easy!

August 2018 Family Meal Planning for Beginners PRINTABLE

Do you want to get my monthly meal plan printables earlier?  If you sign up for my weekly newsletter, you will get them the week before the new month starts! Pretty handy right?

(YouTube video coming next Tuesday!)

You can download this month’s budget friendly meal plan by clicking the image below.

This free printable meal plan is full of easy summer dinner recipes that your family is going to love. Use these cheap summer dinner recipes to help you get started meal planning on a budget!

August 2018 Grocery Haul

Take a peek at what it looks like to buy all non-perishable or freezable groceries for this exact meal plan.

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


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