Menu plan Monday #44 – Easy, Frugal $5.00 meals for your family.
Have you ever had one of those weeks that nothing seems to go right? All my well laid plans were out the window in a flash! Oh well, I hope to get back on track this week!
I am working on my grocery budget more. My goal is to have all of my evening meals cost no more than $5.00! Yes, you read that right. One of the ways I am doing it is to make sure I never pay more than $2.50 – $3.00 per pound of protein. That might not seem like a lot of money, but it can be done. Watch your sale papers, pick up meat that has been marked down, and purchase meat from stores like Costco or Sam’s. I use coupons when possible. I must admit, since I cook from scratch, most of the coupons I use are for non-food products.
I just bought 20 pounds of chicken quarters for about $12.00. Each bag had about 15 quarters in them. If I am correct in working my “high math” that comes to about $.40 per leg quarter. For a family of four that is $1.20 for protein. Add a great side of rice or potatoes and a vegetable and fruit and you can feed your family of 4 for around $5.00! I will be writing more on how I plan my meals and some recipes later.
This week I hoping for a calmer week! I know I will be out of the house on Wednesday, so I am planning a slow cooker meal.
Here is my Menu Plan Monday #44
Monday: Bang Bang Shrimp (Big’s favoarite) rice, zucchini
Tuesday: Grilled burgers, new potatoes in foil packs
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Potato Soup, fresh fruit
Thursday: Chef salad using leftover chicken
Friday: Sloppy Joes, tater tots
Saturday: Hot dogs, baked beans, fruit
Breakfast consist of cereal, oatmeal toast and of course fruit. Lunch is a simple salad, sandwich or leftovers.
By the way, another way I save money on my dinners is to Menu Plan. Need some help planning menus? You can read these great articles for guidance.
Do you menu plan? If so, what do you think the biggest benefit is? If not, stop by and read the articles I posted above – you may begin to plan your menu!
These article may be helpful in your grocery budgeting challenge also:
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you find my menu to be helpful and that you found a few recipes that your family will enjoy. You can always follow me on Pinterest to keep up to date with what I am working on. Thanks!
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