2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #4


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2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week This weeks menu plan takes our low-carb to a new level! We’re adding in a few recipes that use protein powder as well. This weeks grocery total came to $54.98 and we purchased the following . . .
Artisan Lettuce, Green Peppers, Cabbage, Mushrooms, white wine, Sour Cream, Whey Protein Powder, Apples, Cream cheese, milk, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, Cucumbers, bananas, greek yogurt, Cauliflower, and cheddar cheese. (we still have carrots, celery and a few handfuls of grapes left over from last week).

Breakfast Choices this week:

MondayJanuary 21, 2013:

Tuesday 22nd:

  • Lunch: Garden Salad or Taco Wraps (Tortilla stuffed with leftover taco meat, shredded cheese, tomatoes, jalapeno slices, etc)
  • Dinner:Fishermans Stew, sourdough bread slices

Wednesday 23rd:

Thursday 24th:

Friday 25th:

  • Lunch: Leftover Cabbage Chicken Saute
  • Dinner:OUT: Jambalaya (with friends) bringing Veggie Tray (Carrots, Celery, Tomatoes, Green Peppers & Vidalia Onion Dip)

Saturday 26th:

  • Lunch: Peanut Butter & Pickle Sandwiches on Skinny’s (Sorry folks, this is an old favorite of mine!!)
  • Dinner:No Mac Cauliflower & Cheese & Salad

Sunday 27th:

Various Snacks:

Drinks Available:A note about our drink offerings, while we do always have coffee and tea in the house, coffee is usually with breakfast, hot tea is usually in the evening and for the most part our other drinks consist of Water. We don’t “drink milk” at all. * Iced Tea (Unsweetened & Sweet Tea)
* Coffee
* Hot Chocolate/Cocoa
* Lemonade
A few things we’d like to share with you:

The fish mentioned in this weeks menu plan was caught personally by us. This is one of the reasons that we don’t provide a “grocery list” for our menus. In order to save money, you have to learn to use what you have available to you, In this case we have both Catfish and Halibut that we caught. These items might not be available in your area and it might not be a “frugal” choice to include them on the menu. The coconut used in the protein bars was purchased several months ago (& stored in the freezer) when baking items were dirt cheap.

In addition, you may have noticed that eggs are never in our “just purchased” list, this is because we raise our own chickens and often sell the extra eggs to cover the expense of their feed which equates to Free Food for us!

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 USADo 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.

  • January Sales Trends-not sure what Should be on sale right now? Here is a list of the current Sales trends for the month of January, 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


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Filled with an insatiable wanderlust to see the world, I've dedicated most of my life to saving money where I can so I can afford to see and do the things I want. I dug our family out of debt by reducing our grocery expense to less than $300 a month. You can too!

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  1. I can say that the best tip I have heard is to plan based on what you already have. It has helped me tremendously. I thank you for these articles, I get some ideas to incorporate and it helps to change things up. My biggest pet peeve is eating the same thing over and over again.

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