Meal Plan Monday and Goals for the Week

Hello! It's going to be nice to get back into the swing of things this week, although I will miss my kids now that they're back in school.  I almost cried a little when they got on the bus today.  
Now, it's back to the business of Spring cleaning this house and working on some arts and crafts things and possibly getting out into my garden.

I have also set a challenge for myself to try to lower our "normal" food budget to $300 a month. 
I'm sure some of you have seen all the hoopla about Gwyneth Paltrow and how she was going to live on $29/week the way food stamp families have to.   From what I understand (reading what little I've read), that's $29 per person per week.  That's MORE than I am going to be budgeting since we are a family of four.  All of the comments for poor Gwyneth said that she could "play" for one week and then go back to her extravagant lifestyle.

But the truth is, there are plenty of people out there who are NOT on foodstamps and have to stick to a budget that is less than those allowances every week.  I'm not saying that to pick on anyone.  I'm just saying that they're trying to raise awareness about how "little" $29 per person per week is, but a lot of families survive on that amount OR less all the time!  $29/person per week would be a food budget of  $464/month for a family of four.  It can be done, and pretty well at that as long as you're not eating the wrong kinds of food.  Just look at all of the bloggers out there who are doing it on much less!  I've got to say that we are probably closer to around $500 month when I'm not paying attention.  But you read that, right?  When I'm not paying attention.

Anyway!  I'm going to try to stick to the budget of $75/week.  Luckily, I'm starting with a pretty decent stockpile of some basic canned goods and a couple freezer items that I'm able to use this week.  Next week is definitely going to be trickier.  It will be even trickier because I won't be here to cook 1/2 of next week.  

Since I'm starting this week with a lot of my stockpile, I'm afraid this week is going to be loaded with sodium!  That's the problem with a lot of "pantry" foods, but to get me on track to begin my $75/week challenge that's what we're going to have to do.  And that king of "budget food"~~the casserole~~seems to be pretty prevalent in this week's menu.

Monday:  Cous Cous with Cous Cous Sauce & Sardines, some kind of veggie (I'll see what's on sale at Aldi)

Tuesday:  Chicken & Dumpling Casserole (canned chicken & dumplings, chicken from freezer, stuffing, frozen green beans  --  whooooaaa, sodium!)
Wednesday:  Tuna Casserole (tuna, noodles, cream soup, frozen broccoli)
Thursday:  Shepherd's Pie (ground turkey taco meat (getting at store today), frozen corn, frozen green beans, mashed potatoes)
Friday:  Fish Sandwiches, homemade oven baked potato wedges (frozen fish filets, frozen sandwich thins from freezer, organic potatoes from Blue Sky Green Fields order this week)
Saturday:  Enchiladas (tomato sauce, cooked dry black beans, rice, enchilada seasoning, tortillas)
Sunday:  Some kind of Slow Cooker Roast with Veggies (getting roast at store today)

I will be spending $20 on Organic veggies through Blue Sky Green Fields this week, so I'm hoping to not spend more than $35 at Aldi today.  That gives me $20 wiggle room later in the week.

Goals this week
MOP the floor!!!
Paint and modpodge my hubby's "drink tray"
Try to make paper flowers
Do a little walking (our half marathon is less than 2 weeks away!)
Yoga and pilates at least 3 days
Go through clothes to find things that can be donated.
Go to the thrift store
Possibly start weeding and plant more bulbs.  I have all of these that need to be planted.

What is on your menu plan and goals list this week?

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