I’ve been getting away from meal planning and I don’t like it one bit! Time to get organized once again.
If you’re looking for motiviation to plan your weekly menus and some new organizational ideas, you won’t want to miss this fantastic “back to the basics” guide from Simple Mom.
I’m also organizing some of our family favorites into a spreadsheet so I can quickly come up with some good options for the week, instead of spending time poring through web sites and cookbooks.
Being in a different part of Pittsburgh, I’m having to find my way to new grocery stores.
Fortunately, I’m close enough to an Aldi to make a weekly trip if needed. I still love Aldi for pantry staples, dairy, certain frozen items and sometimes produce.
Aldi doesn’t have it all, and I’ve been visiting a local grocery concept store called Market District from Giant Eagle. This place is overwhelming and insane. It requires a map. I think on the whole Giant Eagle is an expensive place to shop, but if you’re seeking certain ingredients, it can be a helpful place to go.
In their bulk spices section, you can get whichever amount you need of herbs and spices rather than buying an entire container of an uncommon spice. Less waste, and less total cost.
I’ve gotta be careful though, because the store can be dangerous. They offer lots of free samples and demos, and everything looks so durn appealing. I can see myself spending way too much there if I’m not careful.
Locals, have you been to a Market District? How do you save money there?
If I can work it around Johnny’s nap schedule, I’d like to hit up a farmer’s market if I can. Next summer, I’d like to join a CSA.
K, back to menu-planning I go!
Additional related posts:
- Overcoming some menu-planning challenges this week
- New Aldi store near me! YAAAAAY!
- Cost-calculated meal plans