Menu Plan Monday – January 13, 2014

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

There are a few items on my meal plan this week that I need to make and freeze.  A difference from previous times I have done this is that I don’t plan on doubling any recipes.  I don’t want to fill the freezer, just use items in there so we can make more room.  So, instead of two batches of muffins, I am going to make one batch so we can finish them up with week.

Last week we all went to Big Town together to eat supper and for my husband to run an errand.  While he was doing what he needed to do, which actually took a LOT longer than either of us expected, we stayed in the car listening to an audio book.  When the kids started to get antsy, and needed to use the bathroom, we went to a grocery store in the same group of buildings.  There wasn’t much I needed, but there was an Ibotta deal I wanted to take advantage of.   After walking around, with each kid in their own cart, we had picked up some fruit, a loaf of store brand bread, a gallon of milk and some smaller containers of chocolate milk (to share as a treat).

Ibotta is an app that can help you earn money for buying certain items.  For example, this past week there were two offers I was able to use – one on sliced bread and one on milk.  After buying the items in the store, you enter the receipt (take a picture of it) on your phone, selecting the store you shopped at and the specific items you want to redeem.  Once verified, the amount is added to your account.  This money can be transferred to your Paypal account once you reach $10.  For the milk and the bread I was able to earn $1 for buying items I had needed.  I would not go out of my way to buy something I don’t need just to earn money.  That sort of defeats the purpose of trying to save money.

With the milk, bread, and eggs in my freezer I am planning on making french toast.  I’ll freeze what we don’t eat this week for use later in the month.  The cost of all the ingredients is:

milk, 1 gallon = $1.88

bread = 1.19

eggs, 1 dozen = $.50

minus the $1 back in Ibotta rewards, the total equals – $2.57

This comes out to $.16 per slice of french toast (assuming 16 slices per loaf of bread), with milk left over to drink.  Add some fruit, peanut butter or syrup and you can have a breakfast for under 50¢.  If you are frugal you may be able to get it less, perhaps between 25¢ and 30¢.

Breakfasts:

  1. Shakes
  2. Cereal
  3. French Toast, fruit
  4. Chocolate Chip Monkey Muffins (made with coconut oil) (in the freezer)
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Eggs, toast, fruit

 Tomato Soup

Lunch:

  1. Eat Out
  2. *Chinese Lemon Chicken (crock pot recipe)
  3. Tomato Soup, grilled cheese sandwiches
  4. Broccoli Beef (crock pot recipe)
  5. Pizza
  6. Chinese Style BBQ Pork, rice, peas
  7. Chipotle Chocolate Chili

Falafel and salad

Supper:

  1. Leftovers
  2. Macaroni and Cheese
  3. *Baked Beans with Apples (a crock pot recipe), corn bread
  4. Leftovers from freezer
  5. Salad
  6. Bree’s Lentil-tomato soup
  7. Spaghetti with meat sauce

I’m sticking with some of our favorites this week,  though there is a new recipe in the group.  This is the first week of my husband begin gone two night during the week, so I’m using it to my advantage, having simple meals on Monday and Wednesday.  I am so, so, so, so very thankful our kids aren’t picky eaters.  Yes, they have their preferences but are willing to eat pretty much everything.

Linked up with OrgJunkie.

For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.

Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s January’s Monthly Meal Plan.

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