• 2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #39

    2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #39: This weeks grocery total came to only $32.16 - the remaining balance of our $50 budget will be rolled over into next week. The focus for this weeks menu plan is fresh fall fruits and veggies and all the flavors of fall! Here's how it all comes together . . .

    This week we've got fruit up the ying-yang (as grandma would say!)! A friend called us the other day to let us know that her pear tree was at it's peak and she was sick and tired of cleaning pears off
    her lawn. She told me that she'd be thrilled if I'd come and pick them, but the only stipulation was that we had to take them ALL. Several bushels later, I've got to admit, I'm sick to death of pears! I've made Pear Sauce, Pear Butter, Spiced Pear Butter, Pear Galette, Pear Pie filling, Applesauce, apple fritters, apple pie filling, apple crisp, apple butter, sweet apple cider butter and caramelized pears.
    The same friend with the abundant pear tree also gave us a few fresh eggplants from her garden. We were more than happy to give them several dozen eggs for their generosity!

    From the Store & Farmers Market: Almond Milk, pumpkin,
    3 lbs of beef marked down, 1/2 gal milk, cantaloupe, bananas, artisan lettuce, celery, cucumber, fresh broccoli, spinach

    From the Garden: tomatoes, jalapenos, okra, carrots
    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs

    Breakfast Options for this week:

    Monday September 23rd:

    Tuesday September 24th:

    Wednesday September 25th:

    Thursday September 26th:

    Friday September 27th:

    Saturday September 28th: Get together with Friends, these usually take place in early afternoon and run into the very late evening, early morn

    Sunday September 29th:

    Various Snacks & Desserts:

    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: One of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from guests and newbies to the site is why are there items on the menu that haven't been "purchased". There are meats or fruits, etc that are listed in the menu itself but not in the "items purchased this week". That's because not everything is purchased all at once, if it was, we'd be spending thousands of dollars on groceries instead of around $250 per month! For complete details on how it all works we recommend you read past menu plans (there are nearly 3 full years of them here on the site!) to get an idea of how meats, fish, seafood and seasonal fruits and veggies are purchased and stored/prepared for later enjoyment!

    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.

    • 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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