Frugal $5 Dinner Menu Week 46 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!

We’ve bought sooooo much meat this week that I’ve been forced to borrow some freezer space from a friend.  It’s not often that our little over the fridge freezer isn’t enough!  This week we’ll continue to eat up leftovers and items in the freezer to clear space for the turkey, pork and chicken I’ve got in the fridge!

Here’s what we’ll be cooking/eating this week:
Chicken Tenderloins

Nacho Pie

BBQ Chicken Legs
Hamburger Helper
 Turkey Burgers and Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Pork Chops

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 breakdown, 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. Ive only had Hamburger helper a few times but I always really like it! :)

  2. That nacho pie looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing the recipe (with pics) on your blog!