The point of a menu is to see in advance what you are going to need for the week. this allows you to calculate, almost to the dollar, what you will spend. You can adjust your menu according to the amount of money you have left in the food budget each month. Some buy weekly, some bi-weekly, some monthly. I have never personally been able to do the monthly thing. It is just a bit too far ahead for us. I am usually somewhere in the bi-monthly area!
Here are some "menu" standards that seem simple, but some of this was an "A-HA" moment for me. Do I follow this to the letter? NO. Do I eat out more than I want to? YES.
Tuesday-Bread or Toaster Items
Friday-Bread or Toaster Items
Saturday-Eggs or Breakfast with Meat (this is our BIG breakfast day. . .)
Sunday-Pancakes, waffles, etc
Tuesday-Burritos or Wraps
Wednesday-Salads (tuna, chicken, ham, or chef)
Saturday-Burritos or wraps
Sunday-Leftovers or Eat Out (We usually eat out on Sunday afternoon.)
SUPPER (or DINNER)
Monday-Casserole or Meat Dish
Friday-Fish or Fun (Pizza, Burritos, etc)
Sunday-Whatever you kind find after church
So pull out your recipes and use this as a guide. There is no "set" way to do this. Just start with this week.
Sit down and make a list of your family's top 6 recipes. . .