• 2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #49

    2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #49: Fundraisers galore! As the holidays roll around fundraisers seem to pop up everywhere and our area is no exception. Although it's not a great deal money wise, we opted to support our local school district and buy a bushel of citrus fruit. This week we purchased the following . . .

    From the Farmers Market & Store: Citrus Fruit (Grapefruit, Oranges, Tangelos) Artisan Lettuce, apples, cream cheese, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, pomegranates, tuna, vanilla yogurt, powdered milk, sour cream, cranberries, frozen berries, Total spent $52.66 (have veggies leftover from last week that need to be eaten as well!)

    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs

    Breakfast Options for this week: Fresh Bananas, apples, grapefruit, oranges, tangelos, pomegranates

    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 December 2nd:

    Tuesday December 3rd:

    • Lunch: Leftover Chop Suey
    • Dinner: Grilled Seasoned chicken over Citrus garden salad, (pictured)

    Wednesday December 4th:

    Thursday December 5th:

    Friday December 6th:

    Saturday December 7th:

    • Midday: Get together with Friends/Family- bringing Chicken Bog

    Sunday December 8th:

    Various Snacks & Desserts:

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

    Less Likely to be used, but still available:
    * Copycat Gatorade
    * CopyCat Arizona Green Tea
    * Lemonade
    FYI: You'll frequently see adobo chilis in our recipes so I thought I'd share a simple tip. Most recipes calling for these chilis use on 1 or 2, when you purchase them buy a large can (which is cheaper than the smaller cans usually) and take an ice cube tray, place 1 chili in each "cube". Add 2 tsp sauce to each cube and then freeze. Once they are fully frozen, empty the chipotle cubes into a plastic bag. Then you will have instant pre-measured chilis whenever you need them, saving you from opening a new can every time you wish to add a little kick to your favorite recipe.


    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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    1. reneemc's Avatar
      reneemc -
      Great time to stock up. Last week we bought extra turkey and ham, they were a great price
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