Sunday, January 20, 2013

This Week's Menu

I realize my blog is INCREDIBLY boring these days.  Stay tuned though.  There's a cool birthday party coming up!

Weeks #3 and #4:

Friday  11: Sandwiches - bread, turkey, ham, deli cheese, tomato, avocado

Saturday 12: Beef & Noodles - Stew Meat, Frozen Dumplings, Brown Gravy Mix 

Sunday 13: Dinner at Grandma's

Monday 14: Pizza Pasta - Penne Pasta, Jar Sauce, Pizza Toppings and Bread and Broccoli

Tuesday 15: Beef Pasties aka Michigan Pasties - Pie Crust, Ground Beef, Potato, Carrots.  We had neighbors (like, the whole street) that were from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and one of them would make these.  Hers were better.  I don't like them with the pie crust that all the recipes have.  She used pizza crust I think.

Wednesday 16: Chicken Quesadilla - Tortillas, Chicken, Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream, Avocado, and Beans

Thursday 17: Sonic

Friday 18: Fajitas - Leftover Chicken from Quesadillas, Bell Pepper, Onion, Tortillas, Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream, Avocado

Saturday 19: Minestrone - Chicken Broth, Cannelloni Beans, Can Tomatoes, Mini Shell Pasta, Zucchini, Spinach, and Bread

Sunday 20: Breakfast for Brunch - Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon and Dinner at Great Grandma's (had to bring a dessert (Pecan Pie Brownies YUM!))

Monday 21: Beef Enchiladas - Ground Beef, Tortillas, Cheese, Enchilada Sauce, and Rice

Tuesday 22: Baked Chicken Parmesan - Chicken, Bread Crumbs, Parmesan, Spaghetti, Tomato Sauce and Bread and Broccoli

Wednesday 23: Sandwiches

Thursday 24: Leftovers

For lunch we had - Deli Sandwich, PB&J, Grilled Cheese with Chicken Noodle Soup, SpaghettiO's, Mac-N-Cheese, Chips, Fruit

For snacks and dessert we had - Flour Less PB Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vanilla Wafers, Goldfish, Ritz, Bananas, Grapes, Cuties, Apples, Applesauce, Yogurt

(We shopped at Aldi last week and got SUPER CHEAP bananas and Cuties.   The bananas ripened quickly but I'll make bread or muffins with the rest of them.)

(Oh, and WOW, adding up costs is too hard.  But, my brother ( sent me an app that should help...MenuBoard.  I'm using it next time.)

Total this two weeks...$210 + a trip to Walmart for fresh bread and such.  A lot better than last time but I didn't have to buy dog food either.  That's next week.  The first month or so of menu planning and shopping like this is always kind of expensive until you build up your pantry and get into a routine.  Then it becomes just picking up sale items and fresh foods to supplement what you already have.  I also should mention that we receive WIC so we don't have the cost of milk and such to worry about.  Milk is expensive for three kids.

I used some coupons and a couple of new apps to save money on this trip.  One was ibotta.  It pays you rebates for buying certain products (like coffee creamer and cereal...stuff we buy anyway).  The other was SavingStar.  It sends coupons to your store card and adds it to your account when you scan your card at the store.  I saved on yogurt this week three times by buying on sale, using coupons, and using SavingStar.  The savings on both are sent to your PayPal account.  Both are free apps.

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