• 2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #7

    2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #7: Happy Valentines! This weeks $47.12 menu plan is all about fresh fruits, veggies and convenience! Here's what we grabbed at the store . . .

    1 lb Scallops, fresh strawberries, Cantaloupe, fresh broccoli crowns, 2 whole pineapple, fresh mushrooms, 3lbs gala apples, carrots, bananas, fresh spinach, 4lb lamb roast marked down, Fresh Asparagus, yogurt, lettuce, celery, cucumber-

    Here again - if you pay attention to the sales cycles, this would be a fantastic time
    to stock up on Chicken and certain cuts of meat. This week Chicken is on sale for $1.59 a lb for Boneless, skinless breasts:

    If you aren't sure what's on sale in your area, Check the flyers of your favorite stores. Be sure to plan your menu based on what you have on hand and using your flyers BEFORE you go, so you can price match at one store rather than driving around from store to store to get the best deals.

    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs (Getting nearly 2 dozen per day again!)

    Breakfast Options for this week: Fresh Fruit - Apples, Bananas, Fresh Berries, Cantaloupe, fresh pineapple

    As usual We'll throw together a fruit
    salad to snack on and eat for breakfast, along with the following choices:

    Monday February 10th:

    Tuesday Feb 11th:

    Wednesday Feb 12th:

    • Lunch: Cinnamon Pear Butter Ravioli & Salad
    • Dinner: Szechuan Stir Fry over Asian Garlic Ginger Noodles (homemade!)

    Thursday Feb 13th:

    Friday Feb 14th: Happy Valentines Day!

    Saturday Feb 15th: Chances are we'll end up getting together with friends instead . . .

    Sunday Feb 16th:
    • Lunch: Leftover Chicken Cacciatore
    • Dinner: "Restaurant Night" - this isn't actually eating out, instead we use the individual portion size meals that have been vacuum sealed and frozen.

    Various Snacks & Desserts:

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

    Less Likely to be used, but still available:

    * Copycat Gatorade
    * CopyCat Arizona Green Tea
    * Lemonade
    * Iced Coffee Drinks
    * Almond Milk


    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

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

    Comments 1 Comment
    1. Olea123's Avatar
      Olea123 -
      Have ordered my large mouth jar food saver lid, can't wait until it comes, I have been sealing my food and other stuff for well over ten years and have upgraded to the gallon size sealer and use the hand held for deli meats and cheeses they last so much longer that way. Looking forward to jar sealing ��
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