just did 5 week menu plan

I finally got my freezer organized and have a current inventory. I sat down and made a 5 week menu plan. Whew!! I got my pantry inventory and my calendar so I would know the nights we are busy and need to eat something "easy". I have a lot of homemade convenience meals in the freezer, and we

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    Talking just did 5 week menu plan

    I finally got my freezer organized and have a current inventory. I sat down and made a 5 week menu plan. Whew!! I got my pantry inventory and my calendar so I would know the nights we are busy and need to eat something "easy". I have a lot of homemade convenience meals in the freezer, and we will use those on busy nights.
    We are strapped for cash right now and I am thankful we have such a stocked pantry and freezer!! I am hoping to keep my grocery bill between 40-50 dollars a week. I am including paper goods, cleaning supplies, etc.
    Wish me luck!!

    Shelly

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    good for you, gal! knowing what you have is the key to saving those pennies. no more buying something only to find that you had two behind the ice cream and four lurking behind the oatmeal! LOL!
    proud of you, hun-ney

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    wow 5 weeks that is great! I am lucky to do one week at a time I am looking to spend very little too about 25-30 for a family of 3. would you mind sharing your menus?

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    I can share later-I am on my way to a Band Booster Meeting at my dd High School. I would be happy to share.

    Shelly

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    Cool

    okay-here goes:
    Week 1
    Leftovers/Salad
    Pork Tenderloin/cranberry relish/brown rice/frozen veggies
    Meatloaf/mashed potatoes/peas
    Angel Hair Pasta/vegetable tomato sauce/salad/bread
    Cabbage & Sausage soup/bran muffins/Fruit
    eat out
    Grilled Flank steak/salad/baked potatoes

    Week 2
    BBQ chicken/Potato salad/ fruit
    quesadillas/fruit
    leftovers
    Pork Chops/Uncle Ben's Rice/Spinach
    Breaded Chicken Breasts/Peas & Carrots/Salad
    Leftovers
    Eat Out

    Week 3
    Italian Beef on Multi grain rolls/Coleslaw/Fruit
    Eggplant Parmesan/Salad/Bread
    Ham & Lima Beans/Salad/Corn Muffins
    Baked Chicken Thighs/Carrots/Egg Noodles
    Hamburger Vegetable Soup/Relish Dish
    Eat out
    Hamburgers/Chips/Fruit

    Week 4
    Leftovers
    Salsa Pork Burritos/Refried Beans/Guacamole
    BBQ Chicken pizza/Salad
    Beef Stew/Muffins
    Penne Pasta w/ Turkey Bolognese/Salad/Bread
    Eat OUt
    Grilled Chili Dogs/Oven Fries/coleslaw

    Week 5
    Leftovers
    Baked Potatoes/ Salad
    Scrambled Eggs/Turkey sausage/Tortillas/Salsa
    Tacos/Pinto Beans/Salsa/
    Chef Salad/Crackers
    Leftovers
    Eat Out

    Now, I know this is nothing fancy, but I have been working with what we have on hand. I also put leftovers on days that we won't have time to cook for whatever reason. If there are no leftovers(a rareity in my house), then we will make a PB& J or something. We eat out once a week, and as you can see I planned for those nights also.

    Hope this is helpful!!
    Shelly

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    Thanks for sharing,Is that only dinner?What do you do for breakfast and lunch?I would love to see more sample menus.Do you have a full menu you can share?

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    We pretty much do our own thing for breakfast and lunch. I have oatmeal, cereal, frozen waffles(usually homemade), and eggs on hand and everyone makes their own. My four year old gets hers prepared, of course! Lunch is almost always leftovers, with the exception of a sandwich. On Sundays, I usually prepare lunch for everyone. It is usually not planned, but I do keep some frozen foods on hand, such as chicken strips.

    Shelly

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    Thanx for posting I wanted to see what one looked like and I am hoping to be inspired right now I do a 1 week one (sometimes)

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