• 2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #19

    2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #19: Happy Cinco De Mayo! This weeks menu is a little bit different because it's a Camping Menu plan. Various dishes that can be thrown together over a campfire (or on the griddle/grill). Every spring we take a week and hit the woods to get away from it all & boy is the food ever fantastic!

    This week we purchased the following: avocado, mangoes, lettuce, All Beef Franks, chocolate bars (for S'mores!), cabbage, mango Fire cheddar cheese, fresh mushrooms, organic cherry tomatoes, cabbage, french dressing, celery, bell peppers, cucumber, banana, grapefruits, whole wheat bread

    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, onions (grown from scraps)

    Total spent this week on groceries $ 32.14

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

    Monday May 5th: Happy Cinco De Mayo! Some items were made ahead of time for a simple, "set-up camp" supper.

    Tuesday May 6th:

    • Lunch: Fire Roasted Sweet Potatoes with an egg in the hole
    • Dinner: Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns on the griddle

    Wednesday May 7th:

    Thursday May 8th:

    • Lunch: Lunch out, Received a Gift Certificate from Friends for our Wedding Anniversary
    • Dinner: Crabmeat sandwiches on whole wheat buns, steamed clams w/ butter, coleslaw

    Friday May 9th:

    Saturday May 10th : (using venison)

    Sunday May 11th:

    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

    The crabmeat and clams mentioned in this weeks menu plan are shellfish that we personally caught. We love to go crabbing and clamming when we're camping, it's a lot of fun & tasty to boot!


    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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