• 2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #30

    2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #30: We hear that we're in for a "Cold Spell" which means, (in the South) that the temps will dip down into the low 90's. How does that affect the grocery budget you ask?...

    Well, it means that my crew might actually Eat lunch this week. Generally speaking, when it's hot, no one is interested in eating lunch, so they eat a hearty breakfast and then grab a piece of fruit or a couple granola bars, etc during the day for snacking on. More often than not, they don't even eat that.

    This week we purchased the following: Quinoa, Avocados, Portabella Mushrooms, Steaks, Kool-Aid Packets (for making homemade gatorade!), sugar, Olive oil, 10 packages frozen veggies, mangoes, cantaloupe, lettuce, celery, bananas, onion buns, canned pineapple, yogurt, heavy whipping cream

    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs (down to about 12-15 a day)

    From our Windowsill/ Garden: Fresh Herbs (Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary, dill, oregano, basil, mint), onions (grown from scraps), green peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, watermelon

    Total spent this week on groceries $ 68.12 Yes, I realize we went "over budget" this week, that's what happens when you buy Beef & Cream, lol.

    Now, before you read the menu and say wait a minute, they didn't buy any "whatever" this week,
    we urge you to read ALL of the Helpful articles at the Bottom of the menu that explains our Menu plans and HOW they work!

    Breakfast Options for this week: (Fresh Fruit Choices, Watermelon, bananas, blueberries, Peaches, Cantaloupe)

    Lunch Options for this week:

    • Leftovers, if desired.
    • Egg salad sandwiches or wraps
    • Cucumber wraps
    • Bananas (the kids are more likely to eat these for lunch during the hot days when they're working than anything else).
    • Tomato & Cheese Po' Boys
    • PB & J
    • Watermelon Salad - another favorite during hot weather spells
    • Fresh Peaches

    Monday July 21st:

    Tuesday July 22nd:

    Wednesday July 23rd: This is a Premeditated leftover- planned leftovers from Mondays dinner.

    Thursday July 24th:

    • Dinner: Quinoa Enchilada Casserole (recipe coming shortly!)

    Friday July 25th:

    Saturday July 26th: Gone Crabbing for the day! Entertainment & Food, all in one. For some reason I always plan a veggie with fresh crab and then NO ONE touches it, so I'm not bothering. While we realize that not everyone has access to fresh crabmeat, the point of our menu is to remind you to use what you have available to YOU Locally!

    • Dinner: Steamed Blue Crabs in drawn butter, Pasta Salad

    Sunday July 27th:

    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: Wraps mentioned are tortillas that we make ahead of time. Various flavors include sun-dried tomato, spinach wraps, bacon tortillas (usually used for scrambled egg burritos!), etc.

    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

    • July Sales Trends- not sure what Should be on sale right now? Here is a list of the current Sales trends throughout the month of July 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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    1. willieivie's Avatar
      willieivie -
      Awesome, I'm using this weeks meal plan as have most everything on hand after I had already shopped before joining. I'm excited.....
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