Frugal $5 Dinner Menu Week 45 of 2012

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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!

Last week I ended up not cooking a single meal!  Nearly everything came from the freezer (besides Little Caesar’s and the chili my husband made when he came home)  because I didn’t have room for the cheap chicken I bought.  Plus it’s on sale again this week and I want more :-)  

Here’s what we actually ate last week
(I’ll try to cook last week’s menu this week)
Grilled Hot Dogs, Rice, Cheese Nachos
Garlic Pork Tenderloin, Broccoli with Cheese, Mashed Potatoes
Mozzarella Beef – it was surprisingly good!, Orange Slices, Cinnamon Toast
BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Bananas and Yogurt
Chili, Crackers and Apples
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. I love Little Caesars! Their crazy bread is so good!!