• 2012 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #51

    2012 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #51: It's hard to believe Yule and Christmas are so near, where has the time gone this year!? Colds and flu have been rearing their ugly heads so we're focusing on a mostly fruits and veggies menu this week to keep the germs at bay throughout the holidays. This weeks budget includes the following items . . . artisan lettuce, celery, cucumber, carrots, cheddar cheese, cabbage, pomegranates, pineapple, cottage cheese, green peppers, vanilla yogurt, milk, fresh beets,
    sour cream, cranberries, shrimp, lemon, cranberry juice, navel oranges, bell peppers, fresh broccoli, fresh grapefruit, yeast, bananas, and candy canes.
    Total Spent $41.44

    This week is crazy busy for the entire family, kids with sports, work schedules, another finally getting a cast off his broken arm and of course, friends and family dropping by to celebrate the holidays! As such we're preparing several dishes that can be easily warmed and serve many.

    Monday 17th:

    Tuesday 18th:

    • Breakfast:
      Banana Bread
    • Lunch: Leftover Beef Stew
    • Dinner: Taco snob over shredded steamed Cabbage (instead of cauliflower)

    Wednesday 19th:

    Thursday 20th:

    Friday 21st:

    Saturday 22nd:
    • Breakfast: Grapefruit halves & Toast
    • Midday: Gathering with Friends/Family
      bringingWinter Lentil Soup

    Sunday 23rd:

    Various Snacks:

    Drinks included:
    * Iced Tea (Sweet Tea)
    * Coffee
    * Mulled Cranberry Juice
    * Copycat Gatorade
    * CopyCat Arizona Green Tea
    A few things I'd like to share: If you're just joining us, I would like to mention that we raise our own chickens for fresh eggs, which is why you'll never see them listed in the groceries purchased. The sweet potatoes mentioned in this weeks menu plan were grown in
    our own garden, although they are also on sale at Aldi this week for only .69! So if we didn't have 30 or so pounds, we'd have gotten a great deal at the grocery store.

    In addition, in previous weeks those who are just joining us got 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 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.

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