In the past we've been asked why we don't post our receipts, quite frankly, it's because I just don't have time to sit and scan them, lay out all of the groceries rather than putting them away immediately, etc, but I thought I'd end the year with our receipt and a photo of the groceries we purchased. Keep in mind that eggs are not included because we raise our own chickens.
From the Farmers Market & Store: Orange Juice, Artisan Lettuce, Cashews, Apples, Fresh Pineapple Spears, Brussel Sprouts, Green peppers, Avocadoes, Carrots, Several Packages Fresh Spinach, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Bananas, Blueberries, seedless cucumber, cauliflower, Cheddar Cheese, Cookie Kit (Bought it for the cookie cutter, which is $2 more at the craft shop) Total Spent $50.00 even
From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs, the warm spell we had helped get the girls going again!
Breakfast Options for this week: Oranges, Grapefruits (from the school Fundraiser a couple weeks ago!) Bananas, 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.
- Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quesadillas
- Grapefruit halves & Toast
- Morning Glory Banana Nut Muffins
- Toasted Bagels with Mock Raspberry Jam
- Peaches & Cream Oatmeal
- Cinnamon Raisin French Toast- I cheated, I bought it this week!
- Eggs- Scrambled, poached, over easy, fried, or Omelets with toast
- Banana Walnut Oatmeal
Monday December 23rd:
- Lunch: Leftover Mac & Cheese with broccoli and ham
- Dinner: Tropical Chicken & Rice (using the fresh pineapple spears and a green bell pepper instead)
Tuesday December 24th: Christmas Eve
- Midday: Later Afternoon/ Evening Dinner Get Together/ Party with Friends and Family, bringing Roasted French Onion Dip, deviled eggs
Wednesday December 25th:
- Midday: Breakfast is definitely Land o' Nod Rolls, Midday Dinner Get Together/ Party with Friends/Family- Crockpot Soup/Stew, bringing biscuits or yeast rolls and a dessert (Maybe a Banana Pudding? Not Sure yet!)
Thursday December 26th :
Friday December 27th:
- Lunch: Leftover Meatball Stew
- Dinner: Amish Poor Mans Steak w/ Oven Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower with Garlic & Olive Oil (**Using ground venison)
Saturday December 28th:
- Lunch: Tomato basil pasta with Garlic Sauce, Salad
- Dinner: Crockpot Roast Venison, Carrots, Potatoes, Onions, Brussel Sprouts (**Using Venison instead of beef!)
Sunday December 29th:
- Lunch: Open Faced Roast Beast Sandwiches (using leftover roast & Homemade bread!)
- Dinner: (Breakfast for dinner!) Sausage Hash Brown Casserole, Biscuits
Various Snacks & Desserts:
- Fresh Fruit Choices Available- Apples, Bananas, Home Canned Peaches
- Apple Slices with Cinnamon Apple Cheeseball
- Microwave Popcorn
- deviled eggs
* Hot Chocolate/Cocoa
* Iced Coffee Drinks
* Almond Milk
Less Likely to be used, but still available:
* Copycat Gatorade
* CopyCat Arizona Green Tea
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
- December Sales Trends- not sure what Should be on sale right now? Here is a list of the current Sales trends throughout the month of December so you know what savings to expect and look forward to.
- The 2012 Family Guide to Groceries under $250 a Month- a guide of how and where to cut grocery expenses to get spending under control while providing an eye-opening view of the dirty manipulation tactics retailers use to keep you spending.
- $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.
- How Spending $25 Now can save you Hundreds Later - if you gain nothing else from this site, don't overlook this tip. It has been an EXTREME money-saver for our family.