• $50 Weekly Menu Plan Help: Easton, PA

    This weeks $50 Menu Plan Help across the USA is spotlighting Easton, PA.

    Bonnie Wrote, "Help, help, please help ! We live in Easton, PA. Zip code 18045. We have a newly reduced food budget of 100/week to feed a family of 6 and it is just about to do me in!! Grumpy kids because we don't have all the things to choose from that we usually do, grumpy mom because I feel bad about it."

    It sounds like Bonnie has been working diligently to reduce the family grocery budget- which is frustrating when
    everyone in the family isn't on board. Kids get frustrated easily with changes, even minor ones. Easing the transition is a bit easier if they have something to look forward too- like snacks that taste great! Since Bonnie is cooking for a larger family of 6, we really recommend that she follow the guidelines in our eBook for purchasing meat at a discount. By the way, the eBook is available FREE for download this weekend only Saturday and Sunday (10/13 & 10/14).

    Aldi Deals from
    This Weeks Flyer
    Sweet Potatoes $1.29 (3lbs)
    Apples $1.99 (3lbs)
    Zucchini .99 (24 oz)
    Pumpkins $3.49 each
    Pineapple .99
    Eggs .78 dozen
    Priano Stuffed Shells
    Evaporated Milk .65
    Baking Powder .99
    Baking Cocoa $2.49

    Aldi Everyday Low Prices
    Milk $3.18
    Bell Peppers $1. (or less)
    Artisan Lettuce $1.99
    Celery $1.29
    Cucumbers .99-1.29
    Frozen Veggies .79-.99 bag
    cream cheese $1.09
    Mandarin Orange Segments .59
    Cereal $1.59
    Flour $1.59 bag
    Sugar $1.59
    2lbs Rice .99
    Diced Tomatoes .69 can
    Fresh Spinach $1.69 bag
    Hot Dog Buns .79

    Giant Foods Deals from
    This Weeks Flyer

    Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.88
    Chicken Leg Quarters .79
    Eye Round Steak $3.99 lb
    Tomatoes $1.99
    Jumbo Oranges 10/$10
    Artichokes 2/$4
    Pillsbury Flour $2
    Giant Canned Beans .65

    Redners Deals from This Weeks Flyer

    Ham Steak 2/$4
    Boneless Pork Loin $1.78
    Wheat bread .99
    Chicken Breasts 1.88
    Bananas .44
    Barilla Pasta 1. box

    Wegmans Deal from This Weeks Flyer

    Wegmans Whole Pork Shoulder $1.29
    Roasting Chicken
    Spaghetti .89
    Rigatoni .89
    Mac& Cheese .39 box
    Pasta Sauce .99
    Wegmans Peanut Butter 1.99
    Tuna .99
    Giant Bread .99
    Greek Yogurt .89
    Washington Bartlett Pears .99

    Weis Markets Deals from this Weeks Flyer

    5 #'s apples 4.99
    8#'s Oranges $4.99
    Pork Loin $2.29 (or Roast)
    Cantaloupe $2.99
    Kiwi 8/$2
    Broccoli Crowns $1.69
    Squash .69 lb
    Jumbo Red or Green Peppers $1 ea
    Mangoes or Avocados $1 ea
    Navel Oranges, Pink Grapefruit, Tangelos $1 ea

    Keep in mind this menu plan is actually for a family of 6 rather than 4- and assumes the family has Very Little in the pantry (no flour, sugar, potatoes, etc)- so rather than using items on hand, we're assuming they'll need to be purchased.

    Potential Grocery List & Plan: A= Aldi ~ ~ G= Giant ~ R = Redners ~ W= Weis ~ WM= Wegmans

    (A) Milk $3.18
    (A) Bell Peppers $1. (or less)
    Artisan Lettuce $1.99
    (A) Celery $1.29
    (A) Cucumbers .99-1.29
    (A) Frozen Veggies .79-.99 bag (1 bag peas/carrots), 1 bag frozen spinach = $1.78
    (A) Ground Turkey $1.69 (2) $3.38
    (A) Flour $1.59 bag
    (A) Sugar $1.59
    (A) Eggs $0.78
    (A) 2lbs Rice .99
    (A) 10# Bag Russet Potatoes $2.50
    (A) Apples .69 lb ($1.99 - 6#) $3.98
    (A) Sweet Potatoes $1.29 (6lbs) $2.58
    (A) Zucchini .99 (24 oz)
    (A) Jam $1.00
    (A) Diced Tomatoes .69 can
    (A) 8oz pkg Whole Sharp Cheddar Cheese $1.79
    (A) Bananas 3lb .44 x3 = $1.32
    (A) Baby Carrots .99
    (R) Chicken Breasts 1.88 x 2lbs = 3.76
    (W) Broccoli Crowns $1.69
    (WM) Wegmans Whole Pork Shoulder $1.29 x 8lbs = $10.32
    (WM) Tuna .99 x2 = 1.98
    (WM) Washington Bartlett Pears .99x 2lbs - $1.98
    (G) Chicken Leg Quarters .79 x 5 = $3.95
    (G) Giant Canned Beans .65
    (R) Ham Steak 1 = $2.00
    (R) Bread $.99 Loaf
    (R) Barilla Pasta $1. per box (2 Box Rotini/1 Box Elbow) = $3.
    Total Spent

    Breakfast Ideas:

    Lunch & Dinner Ideas:

    Other Side Dish & Snack Ideas:

    Farmers Market:

    Here are some additional resources in your area that you might not have been aware of, but may offer really decent deals on fresh local produce and other goods:

    • Allentown Farmers Market offers over 65 merchants, Meats, poultry, produce, deli, baked goods, gourmet shops, seafood, candy, snacks, flowers, restaurants, and much more at prices you won't believe! Location: 17th & Chew Streets, Allentown, PA 18104 website

    • Clear
      Spring Farms
      - Offers farm fresh cage free brown eggs Location: 206 Garr Road Easton, PA 18040 website

    • Cock-a-doodle- Ewe Farm - Offers grass fed heritage Shetland Sheep for both fiber and meat Location: 50 Stouts Valley Road Easton, PA 18042

    • Easton Farmers Market- offers a huge variety of fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods Location: ~Website ~ FB

    • Elias Farmers Market- offers a variety of items Location: 3131 Linden St Bethlehem, PA 18017

    • Hunter Hill Farm- heirloom veggies, fruit & cultured mushrooms Location: 901 Frost Hollow Road
      Easton, PA 18040

    • Keepsake Farm & Dairy- Offers Certified Raw Milk; Cheeses & Yogurts; Farm Fresh Ice Cream; Free Range Brown Eggs; Pasture Raised Beef Rose Veal Location: 703 W High St Nazareth, PA 18064 website

    • Klein Farms- offers raw milk, farm fresh brown eggs, beef, and farmstead artisan cheeses; all natural Yogurt website

    • Pearly Baker's Alehouse- Offers eco-friendly cleaning products & methods Location: 11 Centre Square Easton, PA 18042

    • Reeder Farms, LLC- Offers U-Pick Pumpkins, etc Location: 4450 Richmond Road Easton, PA 18040 Website

    • Sam's Farmers Market- Offers a variety of fresh cheese, produce, fruits, nuts and middle eastern foods at reportedly low prices Location: 536 N Front St Allentown, PA 18102

    • Season Harvest Farm- Offers local in season vegetables, Location: 3 Long Rd Lenhartsville, PA 19534 Website

    • Shooting Star Farms- Offers locally grown fruits and veggies & free range laying chickens Location: 3500 Morgan Hill Rd Easton, PA 18042 website

    • Thaler Farmers- Offers fresh tomatoes, carrots, beans, peppers, cukes and more Location: 390 stouts valley rd easton , PA 18042

    • Tilghman Street Farmers Market- offers a variety of middle eastern foods, produce, cheeses Location: 189 W Tilghman St Allentown, PA 18102

    • Wildacre - Offers free range chickens Location: 340 Paxinosa Road West Easton, PA 18040


    If you happen to be from this area and know of additional inexpensive resources, please feel free to list them in the comments below so that others can enjoy them as well!

    If you haven't already, check out our eBook, "The 2012 Family Guide to Groceries under $250 a Month" for additional money saving tips and recipes for reducing your grocery bill!

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