• 2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #33

    2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #33: I thought the garden had taken a turn for the worse last week, but the cooler weather (only in the low 90's!) seemed to have given it renewed life and we were lucky to gather fresh tomatoes, cukes, carrots and a couple more zucchini this week. Our total budget spent this week came to a whopping $28.66 and this is what we bought...
    yogurt, almond milk, bananas, green peppers, shrimp, artisan lettuce, celery, marshmallows, hershey bars (on sale), loaf of italian bread (half price), oatmeal, frozen spinach, and apricot jam.

    Breakfast Options for this week: I cooked 4 dozen hard boiled eggs this morning to have quick bursts of protein on the run. In the meantime, here are a few other dishes that are listed on the menu plan with the normal take it or leave it option. Some weeks it seems I plan for all of these things and the kids mainly eat the hard boiled eggs because they're training for sports or weightlifting.

    Monday August 12th:

    Tuesday 13th:

    Wednesday 14th:

    Thursday August 15th:

    Friday August 16th:

    Saturday August 17th:

    • Midday Gathering/ Pool Party with Friends: Bringing Turkey Sticky Balls, couple jars of homemade salsa, homemade tortilla chips

    Sunday August 18th:

    Various Snacks:

    Drinks Available:
    * Iced Tea (Unsweetened or Sweet Tea)
    * Coffee
    * Hot Chocolate/Cocoa
    * Iced Coffee Drinks
    * Almond Milk
    * Lemonade

    Less Likely to be used, but still available:
    * Copycat Gatorade
    * CopyCat Arizona Green Tea

    We raise a few chickens, ok, to be completely honest about 3 dozen now! And get anywhere from 2-3 dozen eggs per day.

    For Further reading/help we recommend the following:

    • August Sales Trends- not sure what Should be on sale right now? Here is a list of the current Sales trends throughout the month of August, so you know what savings to expect and look forward to.

    • $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.

    • Making Fruits & Veggies Last: At the beginning of each week we prepare the vegetables and fruits to make meal preparation easier during the week and to save money by preventing waste. You can read more about that here.

    • $50 Dollar Menu Frequently Asked Questions - There are certain questions that seem to pop up again and again, so rather than be redundant and repeat answers, we've put them all in one convenient place for you!
      • 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

    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I don't understand how your saying its only so much a week and you are eating chicken, fish, hamburger etc and its not shown as a purchase that week on the weekly budget
    1. GB101's Avatar
      GB101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      I don't understand how your saying its only so much a week and you are eating chicken, fish, hamburger etc and its not shown as a purchase that week on the weekly budget
      You'll need to either read the ebooks or read the past menu plans. There are meat restocking weeks where the main purchases are meats, so the majority of the budget can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables.

      Here's an example meat restocking week:

    1. reqomone's Avatar
      reqomone -
      For me it is still the basic one step that people tend to ignore. Just use your shopping list and stick to it, so simple! I use the app on my phone which is always with me and also automatic sync with the rest of my family.
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