Daily Dinner Dilemma | Menu Plan #2 and My Online Grocery Shopping Experience

LOATHE THAT LATE AFTERNOON QUESTION OF  “WHAT’S FOR DINNER?”

Want to feed your family healthier foods and less drive through but struggle with busy evenings and a complete lack of inspiration for dinner ideas? Need healthy and easy dinner options?

SO Do I.

FOR ME HEALTHY MEANS:

  • little to no processed foods
  • lots of veggies
  • more whole grains and less white starches
  • no drive thru!

FOR ME EASIER MEANS:

  • I can have a healthy, delicious meal on the table for my family every night
  • minimal nightly prep, aka less dirty dishes
  • less trips to the store for last minute ingredients
  • I don’t have to think about what’s for dinner

I have another installment of my Simplify the Daily Dinner Dilemma (DDD) Menu Plan but with a twist this time. And an exciting one at that!!

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For the first time ever I ordered my groceries online at Walmart and picked them up at the store. I purchased a weeks worth of groceries without setting foot inside a store. The process was super easy and you want to know a secret….It’s FREE! 

People, this is huge! I don’t know about you but I HATE (and yes, it is a strong word) going grocery shopping because like most of us I only have my evenings or weekends to do it. Evenings are way too busy for us so it’s usually Saturday morning or afternoon (so I have an excuse not to clean the house). But that’s the problem, everyone else is getting groceries at that same time!

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owever has been sort of overshadowed by how much I loved my online grocery shopping experience at Walmart. Who wants to go wander through a dozen grocery aisles now? I just got back over an hour of my time!

Here is how the TRIP stacked up:

WALMART – $73.09 / Time – 45 mins

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You can even add in your receipt TC# into your Savings Catcher on the Walmart app and save even more!

From the time I left my house to the time I sat back down at my computer to type this up it was just under an hour. Granted if I had scheduled this to be picked up on the way back from running errands it probably would have been even quicker. That hour includes schlepping them inside (no kids around to help), unpacking and putting them away. If I had gone there to pick them up myself it would have added a good hour to an hour and a half to my time. And I got to avoid the craziness of the stores on a Saturday.

I honestly don’t think I will ever buy groceries again in a store. Ok, that may be a little dramatic but this was so easy! And there will always be the occasional gallon of milk or bag of cat food that we run out of here and there, but this is wonderful for those big shopping trips when you want to save time and money.

Grab your Meal Plan, Recipes and Grocery List by clicking the image below…

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I can now say I have my own personal grocery shopper! I just had to show up to pick them up. I saved 1 hour and 45 minutes!!! That is some hard core super savings of time in my book!

7 Day Clean Eating Challenge

I’m challenging myself (and volunteering my family) to try to eat whole foods for 7 days straight. I know 7 days doesn’t sound like a long time but we have to start somewhere. And to my family I think it is going to feel even longer. We’ve been so off-budget and lazy with our cooking routine lately that my waistline if feeling the pinch, literally. So saying goodbye to fast food, no more eating out, no more processed foods, no more sugar. Just whole food meals prepared at home. I don’t think Dan will like this one….

Of course to be successful one has to be prepared so I am going with my GatheredTable.com grocery list for this first week and we will go from there. This makes it so much easier to try to think of healthier things to eat.

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GatheredTable is a wonderful meal planning site that has an amazing selection of recipes that look absolutely mouth watering and pretty simple. GatheredTable also has a button you can put on your browser to clip those awesome recipes you find right into your collection.

I have subscribed to some of the other ones over the years but this by far is fitting my needs as far as customization and flexibility.

So looking forward to spending less on food, feeling better about what I am feeding my family and getting back into the kitchen.