An Honest Look At How I Meal Plan, Grocery Shop, and Entertain On A Budget

A few months ago I wrote a post called, What I Ate Last Week. One reader, Jana, asked me to talk a little bit about how I meal plan and what my kids eat for snacks. I love hearing from you! Thanks for the comment and suggestion, Janna!

I call this “An Honest Look” for two reasons. One, I want you to know that I buy my kids cheddar penguins from Aldi and I don’t feel even remotely bad about it. We eat very healthy, but life without things like cheddar penguins isn’t much of a life at all. You’ve gotta have a little fun along the way, folks!

And two, I’m going to be honest with you on what we spend. Why? Because a lot of people say that they can’t afford to eat healthy or invite other people over for dinner. And for some people that absolutely might be true. But I want you to know that we have a monthly grocery budget of $400 for five people. It’s rarely enough to “get everything,” but it’s more than enough to get what we need to eat well and share our table with others throughout the month. Here is what that looks like: Continue reading “An Honest Look At How I Meal Plan, Grocery Shop, and Entertain On A Budget”