Families are about traditions and rituals. And for parents, it means being good accountants too! Yes, we to pay the bills, food, electricity, credit cards, amortizations, taxes, education and for savings for the kid’s education later on.
That is why we understand several parents, mothers especially find it hard to spend the extra dime on organic produce as they can get a cheaper one at the grocery store. Also there are areas that is hard to get these fresh produce except for the processed ones.
We do not make a straight line or black and white rules in parenting. Instead we learn from experience and from other parents who share their experiences. And we are quite thankful for the ideas of making menu planner for family to be able to get the best from your budget. Organizing and planning ahead can save food and also avoid wasting time.
It is easy especially if you only have a small family and you are starting out. First, you can make a list of the favorite recipes for each members of your family (your baby included!) . Kids involvement in planning would be also great way of asking their input in family’s decision making. Make sure you can have a variety of at least 20 dishes per week.
List down also the important family events. This should not just include birthdays, anniversaries but also start of classes for your toddlers and other school activities.
If you already knew the plans especially on birthdays and you have other activities at work, you can cook and freeze it for later. Just make sure it is a recipe that is alright to freeze and defrost later such as spaghetti sauce or casserole.
For easy way planning, you can print out a weekly menu planner for your family and fill it out. Balance your dishes by having a variety and getting fish, chicken, pasta and even a meatless day per week. Starting a new tradition perhaps of Meatless Monday (or any day you and members of the household decide on) to save on your budget. You can also have a day or two wherein you and your kids can have artistic/ do it your own or craft day like in a week-end (if you are working parent).
Also consider week-ends wherein you are having guests or going outside also. Be realistic with the portion that you will be serving each. And for the babies, make sure the foods are age appropriate. Lest we forget, the Baby Bullet Nutrition Guide and Meal planner are also included so you will not be lost in giving variety for your baby’s need in the weekly menu.
Based on the menu list, then you can now make your shopping list! You can now limit your shopping trips. Have a day which will suit your schedule and go on the time of the day that is not busy. It is economical and of course, saves your time.
Nowadays, it is difficult to budget not just money but also our time. But remember, the kids growing up and being with them, taking part in their childhood is far more important than any money can give. Those are the things that will linger to your kids.