• $50 Weekly Menu Help: Muscatine Iowa

    This week's USA $50 Weekly Menu plan is for Muscatine, Iowa - zipcode 52761 - This particular area didn't have a shortage of grocery stores, that's for sure! Out of the many grocery stores available, here are the top 3 that had some great deals for this week:


    1. Aldi's
    2. Hy-Vee's
    3. Fareway

    Keep in mind that most of your prices available in these flyers can be price-matched at big box stores such as Wal-mart. If you're really watching your budget, this may help save you gas money from driving store
    to store. However, here are the highlights of the deals available in Muscatine Iowa this week:

    Aldi's Highlights: 5/9 Ad

    tomatoes .69 pint
    Cucumbers .29 each
    Carrots .49 pound
    Garden salad Mix .99 bag
    Colored Bell Peppers 1.79
    Mushrooms .69 (8ozpkg)
    Ground Turkey $1.47 (reg price)
    5# Bag Flour $1.67


    Fareway: Ad prices for May 11th & 12th

    Whole chickens .88#
    Whole Boneless Pork Loins $1.99 pound
    Cantaloupe .44 pound
    Hamburger buns .98 pkg
    Dole Salad Mix .69
    Dole Coleslaw Mix .69
    Boneless Pork ribs $1.99 pound
    Mayo .99 Jar
    strawberries
    2#'s/$3.
    Yellow Onions .49 pound
    Georgia Peaches .99 pound
    Red Potatoes $2.19 5 lbs


    Hy-Vee Highlights:

    Mangoes .77
    Jif Peanut Butter $1.77 (Great sale) Since you mentioned you Do use coupons, their is a rare coupon for Jif here.
    Hy-Vee Sweet Butter $1.88
    Strawberries $1.38 #
    Frozen Steamer veggies .69
    Anjou Pears $1.28
    Boneless Skinless chicken Breast $1.88
    Hyvee Cottage Bread (White or wheat) $1.58
    Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail $1.88
    Coffee $3.77
    4# Bag Sugar $2.48
    Fresh Green Beans $1.18 #

    From the Above Weekly Sales Ad Flyer Highlights, I would purchase the following:
    Jif Peanut Butter .............................................$1.77
    7 pkgs Frozen Steamer Veggies at .69 ea .........$4.83
    1 4# bag of Sugar............................................$ 2.48
    1 5# bag of Flour.............................................
    $1.67
    1 pound Anjou Pears........................................$1.28
    1 Cranberry Juice Cocktail.................................$1.88
    Whole wheat bread.........................................$1.5 8
    2 #'s Strawberries at $1.38#...........................$2.76
    Boneless Skinless Chicken breast (2#'s)............$3.76
    Fresh Green Beans........................(1#)...........$1.18
    Hy-Vee Real Butter..........................................$1 .88
    Cantaloupe .44 pound.....................................$1.32 (3#'s)
    Dole Salad Mix .69 bag....................................$1.38 (2 bags)
    Dole Coleslaw Mix......69 bag...........................$0.69
    tomatoes .69 pint...........................................$0. 69
    Cucumbers .29 each.................................(3)..$0.87
    Colored Bell Peppers......................................$1.79
    Red Potatoes ...............................................$2. 19 5 lbs
    Whole chickens .88#.............................(4lbs) $3.52
    Boneless Pork Ribs.......2#'s........................... $3.98
    Mayo.............................................. ..............$0.99
    Fresh
    Peaches..........2#'s............................. .$1.98
    Hamburger buns.......................................... .98 pkg
    Tomato Paste............................................. ..$0.39 (Aldi's reg price)
    Onions............................................ .............$.049
    Eggs (aldi)............................................ .......$0.99
    Milk (Aldi)............................................ ....... $2.78
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    Grand Total $50.09

    Now, here's what's on the menu:


    Breakfast Ideas:
    Muff-nuts
    Peaches & Cream Oatmeal
    Strawberry Melon Summer Salad (omit the honeydew)
    Veggie Omelets & Toast
    Just Middles
    Strawberry Yogurt Parfaits (myo yogurt)
    Scrambled or Poached Eggs, Toast

    Lunch & Dinner Dishes:
    Whole Rotisserie chicken, salad (Next day Chicken Sandwiches or Shredded chicken over salad)
    Grilled Spare-Ribs (or Crockpot Ribs!), Baked Taters, coleslaw
    Tomato Basil Pasta, Salad
    Grilled Salsa Chicken or Chipotle Chicken Sandwiches (Using the hamburger buns), Fresh green beans, scalloped potatoes
    Italian Spinach Pie, Garlic Parmesan Biscuits
    (To make this one & still stay in your budget, omit the cranberry juice from the list & purchase Store-brand cottage cheese instead). (Leftovers for lunch next day)
    Grilled Chicken Stir Fry (Or Chicken Pot Pie if you want enough for leftovers the next day)
    Peanut Butter Sandwich w/ Egg Drop Soup (Great, fast lunch)
    Cucumber sandwiches


    Side Dishes Ideas:
    Scalloped Potatoes
    Southwestern Potato Wedges
    Salad - lots of veggies to choose from
    Coleslaw (from the Dole Mix)
    Steamed veggies (using the frozen Veggies)
    Fiesta Fries

    Other:
    Spring Blushing Pears
    Cream Puffs

    Of course, all of this would be considerably cheaper if you were already following the guidelines in our new eBook, rather than purchasing meat each week- the majority of your meat expense would be taken care of and you'd have more to spend on fresh fruits and veggies (as well as restocking the pantry).

    In addition- these are grocery store prices. Oftentimes it is considerably cheaper to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at your local farmers market. Here is a Farmers Market located in this area:

    Muscatine Farmers Market

    Pearl City Farmers Market (Farmers Market held in the 200 block of Historic downtown Muscatine, Iowa) Fridays at 4

    Veggie Saver
    Tips:


    Cut all of your vegetables ahead of time and store them in individual containers in the fridge, rather than mixing them all together in a salad. This makes it easier to make quick wraps with tortillas, additions to sandwiches & helps keep the salad from wilting from soft veggies like bell peppers and cucumbers.

    If you would like help planning a menu for Your family, check out $50 Menu Plan Help for details!
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