• 2012 $50 Weekly Menu Week #17

    2012 $50 Weekly Menu Week #17: Since we began sharing $50 weekly Menu's we've received several notes from various folks stating that they didn't believe they could apply the same techniques to their own grocery stores. So, we decided this week to pick one of the zip codes we've been told is "impossible" to create a $50 menu and created the menu based off the store flyer sales in that area. Without further ado- here's a grocery list and $50 Menu based off one of our members locations . .
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    First, here is a complete list of all the grocery store flyers that we could locate online. One Member from Fredricksburg, VA (zip 22407) sent a particularly distressed email asking for assistance, Miss Vicki- This week's menu is for you!!

    In searching for Stores available in Fredricksburg, the best deals available this week seem to be from Aldi , Bottom Dollar and Giant.

    This Menu plan assumes that you have Some basics in your pantry (a few relatively minor baking supplies, etc.) Chances are you have some items stockpiled
    already and may want to incorporate those items instead.

    First, let's start with the groceries you'll need:

    Aldi's Deals -

    Tomatoes- 24 oz pkg Vine Ripe ....................$0.99
    Baking Potatoes $1.19 for 5#'s......................$1.19
    Multi Colored Bell peppers $1.39 (for 3)-2 pkgs $2.78
    Vidalia Onions (2#'s) .................................$0.69
    Tomato Paste ...........................................$0.29
    Pinto Beans ..............................................$0.7 9
    Fresh Corn on the Cob .............................(4 Ears $1.39)
    Lettuce .................................................. ...$0.99
    Loaf of Wheat Bread .99 (buy 2)..................$1.98
    Gallon of Milk ............................................$2.68
    Ground Turkey $1.47 #- buy 2 =.................$2.94
    Cucumbers .29 (buy 3)...............................$0.87
    Aldi
    Butter .................................................$ 2.68
    Aldi flour .................................................. $1.69 5#
    Aldi Sugar ................................................$1 .29 5#
    Oatmeal........................................... ....... $1.29
    1 Huge Can fruit cocktail............................$1.19
    1 dozen Eggs...........................................$1. 28


    Bottom dollar
    Cantaloupes .97 each .................................$0.97
    Holly Farms Fresh Chicken Breast $1.99 (3 pounds) ...$5.97
    Limes .25 each ...........................Buy 2.......$0.50
    Cream Cheese ..........................................$1.28

    Giant:
    10 for $10 Frozen Veggies ............buy 10...$10.
    Folgers Coffee ........................................$3.99
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    Total Spent on Groceries $49.71

    Of Course, if you're not into driving from store to store, you can always go to Walmart and they will price match All of the stores.

    Various Breakfast Ideas:
    Homemade Cinnamon Bagels & cream Cheese
    French Toast- Make these ahead of time
    and pop them in the toaster for a quickie breakfast
    Waffles- Make these ahead of time and pop them in the toaster for a quickie breakfast
    Oatmeal
    Cantaloupe Chunks with Lime Yogurt Dip
    Toasted Biscuits with Jam/Jelly or Butter

    Lunch Ideas:
    Garden Salad
    Cucumber Sandwiches
    Leftover Kebabs or Wraps made with the meat from Key west kebabs
    Leftover chicken stew
    Po' Boys (Tomato Sandwiches with a bit of melted cheese sprinkled on)
    Egg Salad Sandwiches


    Dinner Ideas:

    Key West Chicken, Corn on the Cob
    Sausage & Rice Stuffed Peppers (using the Ground Turkey from Aldi's & making your own simple sausage seasoning) (use 1 pepper per person, which leaves you a full pepper for salad and a full pepper for stir fry.)
    Grilled Pesto Chicken Kebobs - , salad
    Sloppy Joes (Using Ground Turkey from Aldis) & Veggies or Salad
    Southeastern Chicken Stew, biscuits
    Shepherds Pie- (use ground turkey from Aldi's)
    Grilled Chicken Stir Fry over Rice (using 1 or 2 bags of the frozen veggies)

    Ideas for Cheap Sides:
    Garden Salad
    Potato Fans
    Steamed Veggies sprinkled with seasonings (such as rosemary, dill, etc)- these would
    be from the 10/$10 deal
    Twice Baked Potatoes
    Au Gratin Potatoes
    Baked fiesta Fries

    Dessert/Munchie Ideas:

    Fruit Sorbet
    Chewy Granola Bars
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. thejoybird's Avatar
      thejoybird -
      You are amazing! I don't know why this feels like rocket science to me. Part of the problem is we have to watch our carb intake and most breakfast options are high carb/low protein. I have been trying to do baked oatmeal in cupcake tins... at least then there are some eggs and complex carbs. I can't seem to spend less then $100/week... and I'm afraid that is on a good week. Eeek! You inspire me to keep trying!
    1. GB101's Avatar
      GB101 -
      Thank you for your kind words! Hang in there with the carb intake, it gets a little easier the longer you do it. There are some low-carb breakfast recipes in the Fitness section of Budget101, here:

      http://www.budget101.com/nutrition-dieting-recipes/

      Here's a Low carb "bisquick-type" mix that you can use to make (almost!) pancakes
      http://www.budget101.com/nutrition-d...aking-mix.html

      If you can find eggs relatively cheap in your area, you can cook them a variety of ways with different seasonings, scrambled with salsa or jalapeno slices, in a low carb tortilla (breakfast burrito) too!
    1. sunridezephyr's Avatar
      sunridezephyr -
      can you figure this out for the 37917 area code..knoxville,tn..sure would give me an idea where i am going with this whole thing!!
      i appreciate you!!
      tamarra brown
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