Frugal $5 Menu Plan October 20 – Nov 3

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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. Because we cook multiples of each dish, we spend less time cleaning, cooking, and meal planning!

The past 10 weeks or so we haven’t had a written menu plan.  We’ve been pulling from the freezer, cooking up clearance meats and supplementing with fresh produce.  It’s been working pretty well, but with my husband working 2 part time jobs, me picking up some babysitting jobs, teaching, running my sites and looking for additional part time work, it’s starting to get messy.  We aren’t keeping up with what’s in the freezer or fridge very well and begun cooking things that just sound good rather than using up what we already have.  I think it’s time for a menu plan to return to our household.  As always, there’s no set night for any meal listed here, but having a list of meals to cook in the next 2 weeks will help keep us from letting food go to waste in the fridge or from the last minute “what to cook?” dilemmas.

Dishes We’re Cooking
Season Salt Grilled Pork
Baked Potato Soup
Sandwich Bread Pizzas
Pulled BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Garlic Onion Pork Chops
2x Chicken Biscuit Casserole
Taco Salad
2x Grilled Chicken Salad
Nacho Pie
Planned Fast Food
Little Caesar’s (I still have some gift cards!)
I’d like to work in a few new recipes this year.  I’d love to hear your suggestions of things you haven’t seen on my menus before!

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

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