• 2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #35

    2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #35: The farmers market always seems to offer the best deals towards the end of August. If we hadn't already canned 50+ pints of tomatoes, I'd have probably bought several bushels of fresh tomatoes, as they were only $4 per 25# box. Total spent this week was $18.85 and we purchased the following . . .

    Artisan lettuce, celery, cucumber, cottage cheese, 3 packages of Turkey bacon marked on clearance for $1.50 each, Rotini Pasta, bananas, Musk Mellon, Honeydew melon,
    fresh spinach, broccoli

    Things from the garden: Carrots, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, tomatoes

    Breakfast Options for this week:


    With school back in session the kids have been taking wraps filled with various leftovers, as well as egg salad, chicken salad,
    or tuna salad. Sometimes they eat a fairly larger breakfast of eggs & veggies, other times they just grab fruit and a hard boiled egg and head out the door.


    Monday August 26th:


    Tuesday 27th:


    Wednesday 28th:


    Thursday August 29th:

    • Lunch: Cottage Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes
    • Dinner: Sloppy Joes (using Turkey Burger), Salad

    Friday August 30th:


    Saturday August 31st: We're spending the day crabbing and then
    getting together for a Crab Feast! Leftovers will be frozen for later meals.

    • Midday Get together with Friends/Family: Steamed Blue Crabs, Pasta Salad

    Sunday August 31th:

    • Lunch: Crab Salad Wraps or Ocean Wiggle
    • Dinner: Montreal Grilled Chicken, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Salad


    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

    FYI: We raise our own chickens for the eggs and currently get 2-3 dozen per day, which we frequently give away, share with friends, neighbors and occasionally
    trade for other items, particularly during canning season. We cook them in a variety of ways and this perfect protein is healthy, lower in cholesterol than store bought eggs and raising chickens costs less per week than purchasing a single dozen eggs at the store.


    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.






    • 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




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    Comments 4 Comments
    1. pclark36's Avatar
      pclark36 -
      Man, I wish we could buy tomatoes for that cheap. They're 4-5 bucks/lb here in Alaska at the farmers markets. People are really proud of what they grow, and the farmers markets are even pricier than the supermarket. But any veggies we get up here are picked green and 'ripened' either with age on the boat up, or in a CO2 chamber.
    1. Ynaev's Avatar
      Ynaev -
      Thank you for sharing your grocery plan!! We're on a pretty strict budget, with 6 people in the house and only 1 income, but we're constantly going over our $180/week grocery budget! I found your site last week and sat the family down for a meeting to announce that things are going to change around here. This week we spent less than $100 on our groceries, which is a huge savings for us!

      We're also looking into maybe getting some chickens down the road, and some goats.
    1. nanrae's Avatar
      nanrae -
      Hi Liss,
      I was wondering if you make you own wraps all the time. I tried making them and , well , they weren't like what you would buy in the grocery store. Help!
    1. GB101's Avatar
      GB101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nanrae View Post
      Hi Liss,
      I was wondering if you make you own wraps all the time. I tried making them and , well , they weren't like what you would buy in the grocery store. Help!
      Hmm.. how did they come out? Are they less flexible, or dry or greasy or ... ..

      what would you say is the texture?
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