Frugal $5 Dinner Menu Week 41 of 4012

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My goal is to provide dinner for my family for an average of $5 except on special occasions. We don’t have to eat beans and rice to accomplish this goal!  I shop the grocery sales each week.  Then I plan my menu based on the foods I have already at home (at a great price). I balance more expensive meals with less expensive ones. We typically only cook a main dish 4 or 5 times a week. Each
main dish cooked will serve 4-6, and the leftovers will be for
easy dinners on the weekend, or to freeze for another week. This
cuts down on cleaning, cooking, and meal planning- saving at us
lots of time!

This week is a very kid friendly week!
This week we’ll be cooking (in no particular order): 

Corn Dogs, Carrot Sticks and Fresh Pears
Wendy’s take out (our total last night was just over $5)
Homemade Mac & Cheese, Sweet Peas, Mesquite Pork Chops
Store Bought Pizza and Orange Slices (hubby found the pizza for under a $1!)
5 Minute Onion Mushroom Pork Chops, Rice, Green Beans, Fruit Cocktail and Toast w/ Honey
Little Caesar’s Pizza and Apple Slices (would it be my menu plan without a pizza??)

For 2012, I will no longer be showing
the cost breakdown for our meals.  If you’d like to see some $5 menu ideas with cost
breakdowns, please browse my pages for $5 Dinner Plans

This post is being linked up to Menu Plan Monday over at OrgJunkie.

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  1. Awesome idea! I’ve always wanted to be a couponer but have never “taken the plunge” I will have to take one of your classes and pick your brain a lot!! 😉