Menu Plan 10/1 – 10/7

Every Thursday I plan to share what our meal plan is for the upcoming week.  Meal planning is one of the easiest, most controllable things you can do for your family to save money and eat healthier.  

As always:

I typically shop on Thursday or Friday because that is when our local stores typically start their “special sales”.  That and I don’t like shopping on the weekends because a) the stores are more crowded and b) we’re usually pretty busy on the weekends and I hate taking time away from family time for grocery shopping.

My meal plan goes from Saturday through Friday.  We typically eat out once a week, usually on Fridays, although we might change that up a bit to take advantage of kids eat cheap/free nights on the other days of the week.

For lunch the girls usually eat either tuna fish, hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese, or quesadillas, along with fruit, veggies, yogurt, or some other quick and easy sides.  Chad usually takes leftovers as his lunch to work.   I usually have leftovers if they need to be eaten up, or will eat whatever the girls are eating.

So here is what is on the agenda for us this week.

Saturday:  We’ll be in Manhappening for the KSU game.  Go Cats!

Sunday:  Taco Soup.  First batch of the season!  This is a staple in our household during the Fall/Winter.

Monday:  Italian Beef Cubes

Tuesday Crock Pot Roast Chicken, Potatoes

Wednesday:  Chicken and Rice Soup using Tuesday’s leftover chicken

Thursday:  Fish Tacos

Friday:  Eat out or breakfast for dinner or pizza

On the shopping list for this week: 

Because of my crazy schedule this week I’ll just give you a brief run down of what’s on the grocery list:

We already hit up Costco for some milk, syrup and salsa (their organic salsa is the absolute best salsa!).

At Price Chopper the best deals are honey crisp apples for $1.49/lb, cauliflower/broccoli for $1.28 each (can we say roasted cauliflower week at our house?), buy 5 Kraft Items get $5 off (I’m getting 2 Parmesan cheeses and 3 cheddar cheeses).  They also have sirlion steak for $2.99/lb but I think I’m going to pass that up for now.

At Hy-Vee they have 5 lbs of potatoes for $1.18 and whole chickens for $.69/lb (Thursday/Friday only).  They also have bottom round roast for $2.99/lb (I’ll use this for the beef cubes), pork shoulder roast for $1.99/lb (I’m saving this for another week to make Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork), they also have a buy 10 items get $5 off, so I’m getting 5 Oscar Meyer nitrate-free hot dogs, 4 boxes of Triscuits and 1 jar of mayo (we don’t use it much but I’m low and like to have it on hand).  They also have cans of green beans or corn for $.39, pasta for $.67, and tuna for $.69

I’ll be over budget by about $25, but since I’m getting a bit of meat I expect I won’t have to get much in future weeks to help make up for the overage.

What’s on your menu plan for next week?

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