• 2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Weeks #38 and #39

    2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Weeks #38 and #38: Fall is really setting in and we're struggling to keep up with our everyday routines! Here's our basic menu plan for the next two weeks..

    This week we purchased the following
    : Lettuce, Tomatoes, peppers, celery, vidalia onions (sale at farmers market), cheese, cucumbers, Honeydew melon, bananas, grapes, steaks, 20#'s boneless chicken breast, onion burger buns, canola oil, avocado, black olives, rotini pasta, cauliflower, bacon, cream cheese, saltines,
    maple extract, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts, pecans, spaghetti squash, heavy cream , greek yogurt Total Spent $91.56

    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs (approximately 18-30 per Day), Pears (well, technically from a friends yard), but they offered all we could pick!

    From our Windowsill/ Garden: Fresh Herbs (Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary, dill, oregano, basil, mint), jalapeno peppers, Butternut Squash, Hubbard Squash

    Breakfast Ideas:

    • Breakfast Burritos
    • Fruit Salad- Honeydew Melon Chunks, bananas, pears, apple chunks, grapes

    • Eggs: hard-boiled, poached, over easy, fried, omelets, Frittatas
    • Toasted Apple Cider Bread
    • Waffles
    • Bananas or Peaches, Apples, Cut Melon Chunks, etc

    Lunches: As we've mentioned in the past, we're really not big lunch eaters, but here are a few options that are available: Leftovers, PB & J, Egg Salad Wraps, Chicken Salad Wraps (from the leftover chicken).

    Week #38

    Monday September 22nd:

    Tuesday September 23rd:

    Wednesday September 24th:

    Thursday September 25th:

    Friday September 26th:

    Saturday September 27th:

    Sunday September

    Week #39

    Monday September 29th:

    Tuesday September 30th:

    Wednesday October 1st:

    Thursday October 2nd:

    Friday October 3rd:

    • Dinner: Leftover Night- Tons of leftovers stacking up in the freezer, time to weed them out!

    Saturday October4th:

    Sunday October 5th:

    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: When we mention things like "burgers" we generally use ground turkey (with the occasional bit of ground venison mixed in).

    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

    • September 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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