• 2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #18

    2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #18: This week we found some great unexpected deals on meat, such as lamb for $5.99 a pound, beef filet marked down to $3.49- which is very cheap for our area given the severe drought that took place last year causing beef prices to skyrocket. This week we purchased the following...

    Lamb Roast, Beef Filets, grape tomatoes, avocado, sweet peppers (orange,yellow,red), mango, mushrooms, prosciutto, zucchini, bell peppers, cucumber, bananas, granny smith apples, cream cheese

    We took full advantage of this weeks "Loss Leaders" at Aldi. Loss leaders are super low ad prices geared to get you Into the store, with the idea that you'll spend oodles more while shopping. If you're a Smart shopper, you'll check out the sales flyers of your favorite stores and know which loss leaders to scoop up before you even leave the house.

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

    From our Windowsill/ Garden: Lettuce, Chives, Scallions, Fresh Herbs (Parsley, Rosemary, dill, oregano, basil), Spinach, beet greens, baby carrots

    Total spent this week on groceries $ 47.65

    Breakfast Options for this week: (Fresh Fruit Choices, Apples, Bananas)


    Monday April 28th:



    Tuesday April 29th:



    Wednesday April 30th:



    Thursday May 1st:

    • Lunch: Leftover Mexican Fiesta Casserole
    • Dinner: Meatloaf, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Salad


    Friday May 2nd:



    Saturday May 3rd:



    Sunday May 4th: The kids will be munching on various leftovers from the week until dinnertime

    • Midday: Roast Lamb with Homemade Mint Jelly, spinach colcannon, baby carrots & salad



    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

    FYI:
    The spinach colcannon mentioned in this weeks menu is using spinach we're growing in our garden! It's basically mashed potatoes with steamed spinach greens and a few bits of minced garlic.

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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



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