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When writing up a meal plan on Halloween, it’s important to resist the urge to write “candy” in every spot.  Tempting as that is, you’re probably better off taking a piece here and there and eating it in the closet like a normal Mom.  It’s called portion control.

I don’t want to start a political battle here (especially because I’d rather watch Yo Gabba Gabba than see one more election ad), but I think that it’s important to teach your kids about taxes using their trick or treat candy.

There, I said it.

Now that we’ve covered the holiday and the election, let’s talk about meal planning.

Our 2 Week Meal Plan

2 Week Meal Plan for Early November. Get a full meal plan for 2 entire weeks. Recipes included!


  • cereal
  • frozen waffles
  • bacon and egg burritos
  • bagels
  • toast

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The kids pack their own lunches.  They choose a main item from this list, then add a yogurt or cheese, a fruit, and one junk food (assuming we have junk food on hand).

  • sandwiches
  • salad
  • homemade corn dog muffins
  • leftovers (cold pizza or soup in a mug, for instance)


Dear Pinterest, Can we come to an agreement that if you have to make 2 or 3 steps on the stove before you dump stuff into the crock pot that it is NO LONGER a crock pot recipe?  Crock pot recipes are supposed to mean little effort is involved.  Am I right here?

Be sure to at least glance over a recipe before you add it to your meal plan.

We have a main dish with sides of starch (potatoes, rice, noodles), veggies, and sweet tea.  I never assign a food to a night ahead of time.  I choose the recipe that I have time for each day.

Brownies sprinkled with leftover candy.Snacks & Desserts

Have you signed up for Ibotta?  It’s the easiest way I’ve found to save money on groceries.  I love that I don’t have to plan ahead when I use this free app.  I just come home, pull up the app, and figure out what I already bought that I can get money back on.  A couple of scans and you’re done.

I’m sure you can save more money by planning ahead to combine these savings with coupons and sales if you’re more organized than I.  (wink, wink)

Happy trick or treating!  Don’t forget, if those political ads get to be too much, empty candy wrappers make great earplugs.

What’s on your menu this week?

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