Having a menu plan for the whole month of August went really well. I liked it so much that I am just finishing up one for September. I will be posting it soon :) I did not use up all of the meals I had planned in August. I just carried them over into this month.
I did find that menu planning for a whole month did save us some money but not as much as I had hoped. Our total for August was $294.86. My budget before has always been around $400. So this saved us about $100. I am hoping as I do this more I will get better at it and save even more money.
Now in my $294.86 that I spent for August, this included $45 worth of pet supplies which I should not have to buy for September. It also included a good deal on coffee I stumbled upon. The coffee should last us until the end of September I am hoping. My budget also includes all paper product ( not that we use many) and toiletries for the month. I could probably do better on those items if I got back into playing the "drug store game". I will have to think on that some.
Anyway not a bad experiment and one I plan to continue for a while. I'll keep you posted :)