• 2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #11

    2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #11: If you're in the USA, We hope that you've adjusted to the time change quickly this week! This week's menu adds a few traditional flavors of St. Patricks day (yes, a bit early!) as well as some healthy homemade fruit and nut bars.

    We purchased the following: lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, bananas, pineapple, apples, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, fresh broccoli, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, tuna, cream cheese, sour cream, bread, coffee

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

    From our Windowsill: Fresh Scallions, Fresh Basil

    Total spent this week on groceries $45.02

    Breakfast Options for this week: Fresh Fruit - Bananas, Apples, Pineapple

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



    Monday March 10th:



    Tuesday March 11th:



    Wednesday March 12th:



    Thursday March 13th:



    Friday March 14th:



    Saturday March 15th:



    Sunday March 16th:



    Various Snacks & Desserts:

    • Fresh Fruit Choices Available- Apples,
      Bananas, Fresh Pineapple, Fresh Berries
    • Strawberry Sorbet
    • Chewy Granola Bars
    • Apple Pie

    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

    FYI:


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    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



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



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