This Month’s Menu: February 2012

f you’ve been reading my blog for very long or been to my coupon class, you know that it’s always my goal to feed my family for $200 per month with coupons. I’m determined as ever to stick to my budget this year and keep our grocery spending in check.

We cruised through the first few days of the month on food left over from January, but the fridge is finally getting a little sparse, so I’m working on a couple couponing trips for this week.

Here’s how I prepared our menu for the month:

  1. I determined which nights we’ll actually be at home for dinner this month: 20.
  2. I made a menu for 20 meals, taking into consideration the items I already have in my freezer and pantry. I didn’t assign meals to any particular day, I just made a list of all the meals I intend to make. I kept it very simple. You’ll notice several vegetarian meals on the list – these help save us money and stick to our budget, and they’re yummy, too!
  3. I listed each item I need to purchase to make the menu happen. I also thought through non-menu items I needed for the month, such as milk, eggs, yogurt, etc., and added them to my shopping list.
  4. I still have everything I need for a couple meals, so I’ll serve those first this month. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for sales and coupons on the items I still need to purchase.


Here are my meals for this month:

Check out more dinners for $5 or less here.

How about you? Any favorite, frugal menu items to share this month?



  1. Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been meal planning a week at a time for about a month now. Now that I’m getting the hang of it, and after reading this post, I’m encouraged to do it your way! Thank you for posting your list and links when available. And, we’re big meat eaters here but now that we’re really sticking to a strict (small!) grocery budget I’m trying to put more vegetarian meals into the rotation – an idea I learned from you! And it really helps! 🙂

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