Each month I share our meal plan.
Each month I share my shopping trips for that meal plan.
But connecting the dots between the two is sometimes difficult… so I’ve decided to do one more meal planning “ISH” post at that describes what we REALLY ate the previous month.
To clarify – yes, we eat according to the meal plan that I post (for example, March’s meal plan is here). But sometimes things get shuffled around or I forgot to pick up an ingredient or simply put, we just don’t feel like spaghetti on spaghetti night so we eat soup instead. Usually Mr. Crumbs has a hankering for grilled cheese and couscous.
But you guys don’t see that.
The purpose of this post is so you can see EXACTLY how our meals happen in this house. I’m hoping it makes it easier to connect the dots on this whole eating real food on a budget idea.
I’m also hoping that you find encouragement in seeing real food and normal life in action together. Some days we get it all done. Most days we don’t. Even life in the Crumbs house isn’t perfect, because just like you, we do what we can with what we have.
So here’s how it works. You’ll see our original meal plan in bold. Then, underneath each meal you’ll see any changes I made, what specific veggies we ate and any thoughts about the meal.
Let me know if you like this idea or not. I’ll do this for a couple months and then continue it based on your feedback, so be sure to tell me what you think!!
Written by Mr. Crumbs
I work in a large office like environment. On a typical day I’m either in a data center with headphones on, behind a desk, or programming network equipment. Because my weekdays are filled with fluorescent lights and more computer monitors than I can count, I prefer to spend my weekends outside of the house and away from modern electronics.
We could do everyday fun stuff like movies, eating out and miniature golf – but we could also save the money and use it towards bigger, more memorable stuff like family vacations or trips to visit family.
For me, weekends often feel like a tug of war. One hand says to take the kids to the new Lego movie while the other hand says to spend every second outside and find ways to appreciate and admire God’s creation. The fact that the latter is free plays a factor too (and we did splurge to see the Lego movie, by the way).
It’s important that we find balance in the things we like to do as an individual – and the things the family likes to do corporately. No one – not the child nor parent – wants to be dragged somewhere and forced to have fun. At the same time, it’s important that families spend time together as an entire unit, not just Mom taking one child to ballet while Dad takes another to baseball.
As the result, we’ve come up with a short list of things that we all like to do as a family. They’re frugal, they’re 100% family approved and they’re all outside. None are mind-blowing or earth shattering ideas, but they have become routine in our household, in which both Mrs. Crumbs and the kids all look forward to.