Frugal $5 Dinner Plan Week 51 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!

I think we’ve cleared enough freezer space so I can collect the things I put in a friend’s deep freeze before Thanksgiving.  Now the task is to not add to the freezer before I can collect our food!

This week we’ll be cooking (in no particular order): 
Rainbow Pasta and Garlic Chicken, Pineapple and Sweet Peas
Mesquite Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and Corn
BBQ Pulled Pork, Green Beans, Honey Toast, Orange Slices
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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