• 2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #25

    2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #25: Each week we strive to find new ways to save money, constantly seeking to reduce the grocery budget and this week we . . .
    failed. Our modest greenhouse was working so well, but a couple 100+ degree days while we were away at work and the temperatures INSIDE the greenhouse soared to a whopping 140F, essentially cooking our tender lettuce and a flat of beet greens. We really felt that they'd be okay just one or two days in our absence; Lesson learned.

    This week we purchased the following: Greek Yogurt, Lettuce, Chicken (20lbs), avocado, 2 lbs of shrimp on sale, marshmallows, Hershey bars, corn on the cob

    The Total spent this week was $48.69

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

    From our Windowsill/ Garden: Chives, Scallions, Fresh Herbs (Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary, dill, oregano, basil), Spinach, beet greens, baby carrots, onions (grown from scraps), green peppers, Cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, Tomatoes, watermelon

    Total spent this week on groceries

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

    Monday June 16th:

    Tuesday June 17th:

    Wednesday June 18th:

    Thursday June 19th:

    Friday June 20th:

    Saturday June 21th: Happy Summer!

    • Lunch: Po' Gwrl Sandwiches
    • Dinner: Zucchini Noodles w/ Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp

    Sunday June 22th:

    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 apples mentioned in this weeks menu were left over from last week. Some of the berry bushes near the house are producing and it won't be long before we're enjoying angel food cake with fresh berries dropped on top.

    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

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