• 2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #13

    2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #13: Last week I got the bright idea of throwing together a quick freezer session. If you've ever read either of our books, you'll know that in the past I've not been a fan of spending 3-6 hours cooking multiple meals for later consumption, for a number of reasons. Well, after this weeks session, I have to say that my view on Once a Month Cooking definitely. . .
    has NOT changed! By the time that I spend my average 45 minutes per week preparing all of the weeks
    veggies, cutting them up and vacuum sealing them in mason jars so they last 7-10 days without spoiling, softening or otherwise going bad, I have absolutely NO desire to spend hours and hours cooking. Not to mention the fact that I just plain don't have time. But what I did have time for, was to throw that bag of chicken legs into the stockpot and bring them to a boil. Once cooked & cooled, they took all of 15-20 minutes to completely shred, leaving behind 12 cups of cooked, shredded chicken for about $6.90 - which we'll be incorporating into this weeks menu plan.

    We purchased the following: Lettuce, celery, green peppers, bananas,
    pears, yogurt, Cauliflower, strawberries, apples, cream cheese

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

    From our Windowsill: Fresh Scallions, Fresh Basil, Fresh Cilantro, Fresh Thyme

    Total spent this week on groceries $26.43

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

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

    Monday March 24th:

    Tuesday March 25th:

    • Lunch: Salad with Shredded Chicken, Shredded Cheddar Cheese &
      Honey Mustard Dressing
    • Dinner: Creamy Dilled Zucchini & Summer Squash over Cracked Black Pepper Egg Noodles

    Wednesday March 26th:

    • Lunch: Taco Wraps (Wraps made with leftover taco meat & all the fillings)
    • Dinner: Grilled Pork, Twice Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

    Thursday March 27th:

    Friday March 28th:

    Saturday March 29th: Add Day Gathering/Event with Friends

    Sunday March 30th:

    Various Snacks & Desserts:

    • Fresh Fruit Choices Available- Apples, Bananas,
      Fresh Pineapple, Fresh Berries
    • Honey Crunch Granola Bars
    • Banana Split Trifle
    • Angel Food Cake w/ Sliced Berries
    • Fruited Bon-Bons
    • Toaster Apple Pies

    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.

    Comments 3 Comments
    1. jlwat9903's Avatar
      jlwat9903 -
      Hi, I am new to the site. I am curious about the idea of $250/month in groceries. I am no novice to marketing, cooking from scratch or penny pinching...but this seems impossible to me. I am going to try to mimic what you are doing though and we will see.

      I have 2 questions though. I have read back through your list back through last Thanksgiving. I don't see any flour purchases, or much milk purchases. I am wondering about that ...a long with butter too.

      For baking how is this possible to go so long without these purchases? I make 70% our our bread from scratch, so 5 lbs only lasts about 2-3 weeks around here.

    1. jlwat9903's Avatar
      jlwat9903 -

      I am new here, and was looking back through your purchases through to about Thanksgiving time. I see that little to no milk or milk-like products are purchased for months on end, and no flour or baking supplies. Yet there is quite a bit of home baking to be done on a budget. I just curious about that.

      I am not new to from scratch budget cooking, and would love to fully understand how you make this work at such an amazing cost. I will be following and trying to imitate for sure! But I can spend $10 on flours/ sugars and the like in one month...or more during special times of the year.


    1. GB101's Avatar
      GB101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jlwat9903 View Post

      I am new here, and was looking back through your purchases through to about Thanksgiving time. I see that little to no milk or milk-like products are purchased for months on end, and no flour or baking supplies.

      Our Baking Supply Restock week was here:

      and here:

      Here's a post about that I believe with answer your questions:

      We purchase based on the predicted sales cycles and stock up on baking supplies several times through the year when they are affordable. We occasionally purchase 5-10 lbs in between those cycles, but that's about it. We also don't buy milk (less than 5 gallons a year), it's extremely unhealthy and we usually only use powdered milk for baking, (again- purchased during sales cycles).
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