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2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week Welcome to week #1 of our 2013 $50 Budget Weekly Menu plan for a family of 4 (which in our home includes 2 adults and 2 teenage guys). Since the country seems to be up in arms over the fiscal cliff- wondering what will happen next and what the ramifications will be, we decided that we'd continue on for another year of sharing our budget menu plans. It is our intention and hope to help as many families as possible in the coming year and to continue to learn from each of our guests and members as well.
We anticipate a sharp increase in grocery prices this year, for several reasons. The first- due to the fiscal cliff; The second, to the severe drought that plagued the mid-west throughout 2012.
For this weeks menu plan we purchased the following: Powdered Milk (a rather LARGE Container)- in anticipation of projected $7 a gallon milk prices by February, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, onions, dry beans (navy, black, chickpeas, kidney), Dark Fudge Cake Mix, pineapple, pomegranates, yogurt, oatmeal, pepperoni, ground turkey (aldi $1.67 lb), milk, 15 Pkgs of Frozen Veggies (assorted), crushed tomatoes (4 cans), corn starch, Cantaloupe, avocado, grape tomatoes, celery, artisan lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, apples, unsweetened applesauce, hard cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, colby), Parmesan Cheese, powdered coffee creamer, potatoes, tea and bacon (marked on sale)- Total Spent $54.62
Monday December 31st, 2012: Happy New Years Eve! To those celebrating, please get home safely!
Breakfast: Cantaloupe Chunks Dipped in Honey-Lime Yogurt Sauce
If you're just joining us there are a few things that you need to know. First, we raise our own chickens for fresh eggs, which is why you'll never see them listed in the groceries purchased and why they are used abundantly. Our friends and neighbors drop in and pick up the extra eggs (which can range up to 8-10 dozen per week) and usually donate .50-$1 per dozen, which is how we cover the expense of supplemental grain. We also feed them all veggie/fruit kitchen scraps as well.
In addition to the above it has come to our attention that a few folks who are just joining us are getting the wrong impression that we purchase EVERYTHING at once for each weeks menu plan.
This is not the case at all, nor do we recommend it. We are incorporating items purchased or home canned weeks ago into the menu plan this week. For example, back on week #39 we purchased over 40 pounds of meat- I promise you we didn't eat that all that week! For Further reading/help we recommend the following:
$50 Weekly Menu Plan Help across the USA- Do you find yourself struggling to reduce your grocery bill each month? Check out our Menu plan help across the USA to see if your area has been featured for more 1-on-1 help, if not, feel free to add your request to have your city/state featured.
Current Sales Trends- not sure what Should be on sale right now? Here is a list of the current Sales trends for the month of December, so you know what savings to expect
$50 Dollar Menu Frequently Asked Questions - a few of the most often asked questions regarding our $50 menu plans
Basic Questions- Why we don't provide a shopping list, Random ingredients that aren't in the shopping list, are groceries cheaper , etc
More Questions- more in depth questions regarding dietary guidelines, dealing with picky eaters, junk food and more