• 2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #48

    2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #48: Happy Thanksgiving! This weeks menu plan focuses on celebrating the holiday within a reasonable budget. . .

    From the Farmers Market & Store: Artisan Lettuce, apples, cream cheese, celery, bell peppers, fresh cranberries, cabbage, bananas, Turkeys, walnuts

    Total spent $43.56

    Our garden has come to and end for the season as I forgot to cover the tender plants and the frost took them overnight. I cannot complain, we harvested literally hundreds of peppers and tomatoes this year.

    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs- even the eggs are becoming scarce as many of our chickens are molting and others seem to have taken an extreme disliking to the colder weather that is settling in for winter.

    The least expensive way to have a great Thanksgiving bash is, of course, to hold a potluck style dinner. If you happen to be hosting the dinner, prepare the turkey and have your guests bring a favorite side dish. Or, consider having a dinner just for the immediate family, then hold a "dessert" party later in the evening. (Where each guest brings a favorite dessert to share).

    Breakfast Options for this week: Fresh Bananas, apples

    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.

    For More Thanksgiving Recipes, Check out this Thanksgiving Page

    Monday November 25th:

    Tuesday November 26th:

    Wednesday November 27th:

    Thursday November 28th:

    Friday November 29th:

    Saturday November 30th:

    • Midday: As if one thanksgiving wasn't enough, we're having another get together, but this time it's an Oyster feed! If you happen to live on the coast, this is a GREAT time of year to harvest your own Fresh Oysters!

    Sunday December 1st:

    • Lunch: Leftovers
    • Dinner: Bacon Veggie Quiche (great way to use up leftover veggies & keep them from getting tossed out!)

    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
    FYI: When preparing recipes, if you don't happen to have all the ingredients on hand, substitute with something similar. For example, this week we're having the winter fruit salad, but we didn't grab any pears or grapes, so we're using apples, dried cranberries and a few walnuts instead.


    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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