Once a Month Cooking by Mary Beth Lagerborg and Mimi Wilson that I read and started to apply in our household. It is a great book that has ways to save money through planning and cooking only once a month. Sample menus and recipes are included. Each day, you pull a meal out of the refrigerator or freezer for supper that night, heat and serve. Voila!
This book answered a lot of the frustrations I had had at supper time. I hated the question "what's for dinner?" when Jon got home from work because I would realize I had no idea. I would scrounge around and pull out something, realizing I was missing one or two ingredients. Back to the pantry I would go...only to make something that neither of us really liked or head out the door to eat out. I saw that we wasted a lot of money eating out, buying food that we didn't eat, and throwing away leftovers. I decided that we needed to change.
Tomorrow I will be posting the second part of "Meal Planning" and will focus on how I do it. If you have anything that you do that you find works, please feel free to post your suggestions.