What do you think of when you read the words dinner time?
I think of once a month Costco runs.
An ever shrinking grocery budget.
And how tired I am of cooking the same old thing over and over again.
The beginnings of my actual menu plan for October. Menu planning takes me forever.
It’s stressful, this nightly thing we call dinner. Honestly, by the time the dinner hour rolls around I’m often exhausted. The last thing I want to do is figure out what to make for yet another nightly meal.
I spend hours planning out what I’m going to purchase for the next month of meals. I don’t know about you, but every time I go into a grocery store my staples, my usual purchases, have gone up. Significantly.
It’s as though every single money saving tactic I employ from couponing, buying on sale and in bulk, cooking from scratch, gardening, dehydrating, etc., has been gobbled up by today’s economy leaving my wallet thinner and my grocery cart emptier.
I menu plan. But let’s face it. Eating the same meals month after month gets old, and encourages that ‘take out bug’ to start whispering in a Mama’s ear. So I find myself trying to find new recipes that are quick to prepare, healthy, and won’t blow a very modest grocery budget. Cause I feed a crowd over here.
Just to give you an idea of how modest my grocery budget is, my parents spend more a month on groceries than I do. Yup. Their grocery budget for two people is significantly more than my budget for anywhere from 6-10 people a meal.
A few days ago I was offered an opportunity to review a new weekly menu plan system, The Organized Cook, by Toni Spilsbury. You know what? I almost turned this opportunity down. How could I, in good conscience, tell my readers about a menu planning service knowing that your food budgets most likely looked a lot like mine.
Toni must of thought of this too. Because she also offered me a free one year trial of her menu planning program that shows you how to save time and save money while providing menu ideas for even your pickiest eaters.
I liked what I saw. A lot.
Through strategies such as “reusing your time” and “reincarnating the leftover” dinners will cost you as little as $67.00 a week for a family of 4-5.
Even better than that, Toni’s strategies offer you up a spring board to create your own ideas, thus offering you the ability of lowering those grocery bills even more.
But don’t take my word for it. Find out for yourself by attending a #mealplanning Twitter party where Toni will be available to answer any and all of your questions about both The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plans and The Organized Cook Cookbook.
- Date/Time: October 6, 2011 10-11 PM EST, 9-10 PM CST, 8-9 PM MST, 7-8 PM PST
- Hashtag: #mealplanning
- Tweet Grid: TBA
- Hosted by: @OrganizedCook, @tonispilsbury, @chaotic_barb,
- Panelists: @timeoutmom, @parkermama, @birdbanter, @mominmanagement, @crunchygreenmom
Toni knows the value of your time. So she’s offering each Twitter party attendee a chance to win some fantastic prizes:
- $100.00 grocery gift card.
- A subscription to The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan
- Copies of the Organized Cook Cookbook;
To win a prize you MUST:
- RSVP by leaving a comment on Toni’s Join The Twitter Party Post that includes your twitter ID.
- Tweet during the party time using the #mealplanning hashtag
- Follow @OrganizedCook on Twitter
While you are there, be sure to read how you can earn extra entries too!
The Fine Print: This is a compensated post. That means I will be paid to tell you about The Organized Cook. However there isn’t enough money in the world for me to great things about a product that isn’t so great. My integrity and your readership are too important to me.