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February is such a fun and challenging month, and this year it’s a whole day LONGER lol. I am sharing our meal plan for the month including valentines day plans and more fun for the family. Come along, I hope it inspires you this month.
New to meal planning on a budget? 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!
4 Tips for Meal Planning on a Budget in the Winter Months
- Plan ahead of the month for any family gathering that may come up. Leave a little space in your budget each week to prepare for unexpected gatherings. Have a little flexibility on which night you’re cooking.
- Keep breakfasts and lunches simple and affordable, especially when dinners tend to be the event people gather around. Or, opt for brunches with your family this season over pricey dinner parties.
- Plan meals that can feed a crowd. At least once a week I like to have one meal option that can easily feed a crowd. Especially since everyone likes to stay in this time of year.
- Bake from scratch your goodies. It will be so much more affordable to bake cookies or cakes from scratch versus the pre packaged sweets.
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.
February 2020 Family Meal Plan on a Budget & Grocery Haul
Take a peek at what it looks like to buy all non-perishable or freezable groceries for this exact meal plan.
Do you want to get my monthly meal plan printables earlier? If you sign up for my weekly newsletter, you will get them on the first of the month, pretty handy right??
For this month’s meal plan you can click the image below to download.
I’d love to hear any questions you have! Leave them down in the comments below!