• 2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #8

    2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week Spring has Sprung in our neck of the woods and this majority of this weeks bounty comes directly from our local Farmer's Market! Total spent this week, $44.14 which includes . . .

    A giant Honeydew melon, cantaloupe, strawberries, avocadoes (3/$1!!), green peppers, sweet onions, lettuce, carrots, sweet potatoes,kale, yukon gold potatoes, grapefruit, apples, bananas, bell peppers, asparagus, cucumbers (3/$1!) tomatoes, mangoes and a few things from the store (milk, oats, rice, cottage cheese, cream).

    This weeks grocery list is a prime example of why we don't provide receipts every week. When you go to a farmers market you haggle with the vendors to get the best prices and there's a ton of people all around you clamoring for their turn, it's just not feasible to stop and beg each vendor for a receipt, particularly with the vendors that speak broken English. In one of our deals the vendor had avocados 3/$1- but I noticed that he had several very Very ripe avocados that needed to be eaten right away, I offered him $1.50 for 8 and he accepted happily. We'll mash them all up, add a teaspoon of citric acid or lemon juice to prevent browning and freeze them in vacuum seal bags for guacamole.

    Breakfast Choices this week: If you're new to the site, please note that this is a sampling of what's available for breakfast.

    Monday February 18th, 2013:

    Tuesday 19th

    • Lunch: Salad with cut up leftover chicken chunks & chopped hard boiled eggs
    • Dinner: Copycat Zuppa Toscana, Garlic Bread, Salad

    Wednesday 20th:

    Thursday 21st:

    Friday February 22nd:

    Saturday 23rd: kids are gone today, 1 is working, the other is at a friends

    Sunday 24th

    Various Snacks:

    Drinks Available: A note about our drink offerings, while we do always have coffee and tea in the house, coffee is usually with breakfast, hot tea is usually in the evening and for the most part our other drinks consist of Water. We don't "drink milk" at all.
    * Iced Tea (Unsweetened & Sweet Tea)
    * Coffee
    * Hot Chocolate/Cocoa
    * Lemonade
    A few things we'd like to share with you:

    Check your local farmers markets for deals on fruits and veggies, particularly on those that need to be eaten right away as these are often half price or less.

    FYI Section:
    It has been brought to our attention that a few folks who are just joining us are getting 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.

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