• 2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #47

    2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #47: Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and it's a great time to stock up on baking items (chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, etc), fill the freezer with extra whole turkeys, ham and enjoy the full flavors of the season. This weeks menu is in preparation for the entire upcoming year as we stock up on . . .

    From the Farmers Market & Store: Artisan Lettuce, apples, potatoes (1.69 for 10#'s!), cream cheese, celery, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, fresh cranberries,
    whole pineapple, 50# Real Butter- NOT margarine (for $1.69 a Pound), cabbage, bananas, hot dog buns (for mini meatball subs), sprouts

    Total spent this week $107.13 - Yes, I realize this is over budget this week, however, we are still within our allotted budget as we had additional monies carried over from previous weeks:

    Week #46 spent $36.99, rolled over 13.01
    Week #45 rolled over $1.68
    Week #44 rolled over $31.32

    We always wait until this time of year to purchase butter at ridiculously low prices compared with the rest of the year. I fill the top shelf of the freezer and this alone saves us an average of $200 per year. Since
    we already have a turkey in the freezer that was purchased during the last sale, we'll wait until the first of December to pick up any more.

    From the Garden: jalapenos
    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs

    Breakfast Options for this week: Fresh Bananas & Fresh Pineapple, Home Canned Peaches

    We're really not all that elaborate on breakfast. Most of the household prefers coffee & toast, even our teens, who frequently just grab a piece of fresh fruit to eat mid-morning.

    Monday November 18th:
    • Lunch: Grilled Cheese or PB&J
    • Dinner: Bacon Wrapped Chipotle Chicken, Baked
      Potato, Salad

    Tuesday November 19th:

    Wednesday November 20th:

    Thursday November 21st:

    Friday November 22nd:

    • Lunch: Meatball Subs (using hot dog buns and leftover meatballs)
    • Dinner: Garlic Asian Noodles, Grilled Teriyakki Chicken

    Saturday November 23rd: Tailgate Party Event Get together with friends (These are potluck style with everyone bringing a dish)

    Sunday November 24th:

    • Lunch: Rotini anti-Pasta salad, tuna wrap (or leftovers from the fridge)
    • Dinner: Corn Chowder & Yeast Rolls

    Various Snacks
    & Desserts:

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

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

    For Further reading/help we recommend the following:

    • $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

      • It Doesn't Add up- Learn why some items in the Menu plan
        aren't listed in this weeks grocery purchase list & how it all comes together

    • November Sales Trends- not sure what Should be on sale right now? Here is a list of the current Sales trends throughout the month of November 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.

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