• 2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #52

    2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #52: Wow, we've reached the end of our Third Year of sharing our $50 Weekly Menu plans! Check out this weeks Holiday Menu plan as well as the receipt from our shopping trip, you'll notice we don't use coupons . . .
    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.

    Monday December 23rd:

    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:

    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:

    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: I'm sure that we'll be bringing other desserts or pastries with us to the gatherings, but at this moment in time, I have so many other things going that I can't think of what we'd like to bring! It will depend on what others are bringing to share.


    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.

    • $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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