• 2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #12

    2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #12: Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! If you haven't had a chance yet to take advantage on the March Madness sales, it's a great time to get to the grocery store and stock up on corned beef (we found it for as little as $1.50 a pound in the last week!), cabbages, cajun seasonings, rice and hams (sales just starting on those!). This week we picked up ... the following:
    Bananas, Cantaloupe, Yogurt, Lettuce, Green Peppers, cabbages, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, apples, cream
    cheese, sour cream, cucumber, celery (2 bunches on sale), lime juice, beans, tuna fish, 10 bags frozen veggies, 10lbs Chicken Leg Quarters

    We're stocking up on a few items (various types of beans) for an upcoming freezer session.

    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs (Getting nearly 3 dozen per day)

    From our Windowsill: Fresh Scallions, Fresh Basil

    Total spent this week on groceries $50.21

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

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

    Monday March 17th:

    Tuesday March 18th:

    Wednesday March 19th:

    Thursday March 20th:

    Friday March 21st:

    Saturday March 22nd: Sorry- No Menu plan for today- this is a
    very special day for someone in our family and no additional details are available at this time.

    Sunday March 23rd:

    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

    We've started more seedlings indoors with homemade junk mail pots (aka flyers!) and we've decided that in order to keep getting organic veggies cheap enough, we'll need to build a small greenhouse. That project
    will be appearing on our sister site, Budget101.com soon!


    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.

    • $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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