2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Weeks #38 and #38:Fall is really setting in and we’re struggling to keep up with our everyday routines! Here’s our basic menu plan for the next two weeks..
This week we purchased the following: Lettuce, Tomatoes, peppers, celery, vidalia onions (sale at farmers market), cheese, cucumbers, Honeydew melon, bananas, grapes, steaks, 20#’s boneless chicken breast, onion burger buns, canola oil, avocado, black olives, rotini pasta, cauliflower, bacon, cream cheese, saltines, maple extract, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts, pecans, spaghetti squash, heavy cream , greek yogurt Total Spent $91.56
From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs (approximately 18-30 per Day), Pears (well, technically from a friends yard), but they offered all we could pick!
From our Windowsill/ Garden: Fresh Herbs(Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary, dill, oregano, basil, mint), jalapeno peppers, Butternut Squash, Hubbard Squash
- Breakfast Burritos
- Fruit Salad- Honeydew Melon Chunks, bananas, pears, apple chunks, grapes
- Eggs: hard-boiled, poached, over easy, fried, omelets, Frittatas
- Toasted Apple Cider Bread
- Bananas or Peaches, Apples, Cut Melon Chunks, etc
Lunches:As we’ve mentioned in the past, we’re really not big lunch eaters, but here are a few options that are available: Leftovers, PB & J, Egg Salad Wraps, Chicken Salad Wraps (from the leftover chicken).
Monday September 22nd:
- Dinner: Bacon Jalapeno Butternut Squash Soup, crusty french bread
- Dinner: Baked LaSketti,Garlic Bread, Salad
- Dinner: Mexican Fiesta No Bake Casserole
- Dinner: Cheeseburgers & Crispy Garlic Romano Sweet Potato Fries
Friday September 26th:
- Dinner: Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken & Dumplings, Salad
- Dinner: Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Onions, Grilled Chicken Breasts, Potato Salad
Sunday September 28th:
- Dinner: French Onion Soup,Crusty French Bread
Monday September 29th:
- Dinner: Brazilian Beans & Rice with Over Easy Egg, avocado Salad
- Dinner: Shepherds Pie, toasted Garlic Bread
- Dinner: No Mac Cauliflower & Cheese, grilled venison steaks
- Dinner: Leftover Night- Tons of leftovers stacking up in the freezer, time to weed them out!
- Dinner: Hearty Taco Pasta(comfort food).
- Dinner: Birthday Gathering with Friends- asked to bring snack- Tailgater’s Cracker Toffee
Various Snacks & Desserts:
- Fresh Fruit Choices Available– Pears & More Pears , Bananas, Apples
- Pumpkin Roll Cake
- Copycat Nutrigrain Bars
- Tailgater’s Cracker Toffee
- Yogurt Parfaits
Drinks Available: * Iced Tea (Unsweetened or Sweet Tea)
* Hot Chocolate/Cocoa
FYI: When we mention things like “burgers” we generally use ground turkey (with the occasional bit of ground venison mixed in).
For Further reading/help we recommend the following:
- $50 Dollar Menu Frequently Asked Questions– There are certain questions that seem to pop up again and again, so rather than be redundant and repeat answers, we’ve put them all in one convenient place for you!
- 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
- It Doesn’t Add up– Learn why some items in the Menu plan aren’t listed in this weeks grocery purchase list & how it all comes together
- September Sales Trends-not sure what Should be on sale right now? Here is a list of the current Sales trends throughout the month of July so you know what savings to expect and look forward to.
- The 2012 Family Guide to Groceries under $250 a Month– a guide of how and where to cut grocery expenses to get spending under control while providing an eye-opening view of the dirty manipulation tactics retailers use to keep you spending.
- $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.
- Making Fruits & Veggies Last: At the beginning of each week we prepare the vegetables and fruits to make meal preparation easier during the week and to save money by preventing waste. You can read more about that here.
- How Spending $25 Now can save you Hundreds Later – if you gain nothing else from this site, don’t overlook this tip. It has been an EXTREME money-saver for our family