Meal Plan – November 23, 2014

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013Having the monthly meal plan already typed up has been helpful.  I like that you all can see my month at a glance, if desired, and also it was a hands-on activity that showed me just how often we repeat some things.  Yes, I can see it on the printed menu also.  Typing it out was another way that made it more obvious.

Our freezer was pretty bare of the basics when the month began.  I had used up most of our meats, though had several pounds of pre-cooked ground beef and a bag of pork chops.  There was also a box of pizza dough balls, black beans, green tomato puree and various other vegetables.  As the month went along, I realized that the meat sales I was hoping for just were not happening.  We have had alternative meals several times.  Thankfully my husband likes spaghetti.  Last week I decided to buy extra salad items instead of paying $7 per pound for minute steaks.

When I mentioned it to my husband, his response was, “But I like minute steaks.  You should have bought them.”

“I do too, but not at $7 a pound.  For that price I would rather have steak, or salad. You like salads, too.B  I will buy them again … when a sale comes around.  But not at the current price.”

There is a reason I tease him that me going without him is one of the biggest savers of our grocery bill.

Speaking of our spending, I looked back over this months spending all together and noted that about half the time I used cash, and the other half I used a card.  Seems I was more comfortable using cash on the smaller purchases (under $20) than the larger ones.  Not sure if this was due to the amount of cash I had on me, or the reluctance to give the cashier all my cash.  I now see why having all your budgeted money with you in a predesignated envelope is recommended when you begin.

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strawberry handpie on plate 2

This week’s menu was made with the main goal being no leftovers.  I was looking for easy meals – easy to make, easy to clean up, and with as few ingredients as possible.


  1. Strawberry-Jam Hand Pies
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, Toast, Fruit
  4. Peaches and Cream Oatmeal
  5. THANKSGIVING  – visiting family
  6. THANKSGIVING  – visiting family
  7. THANKSGIVING  – visiting family


  1. Eat Out
  2. Salad
  3. Salad
  4. Pizza
  5. THANKSGIVING  – visiting family
  6. THANKSGIVING  – visiting family
  7. THANKSGIVING  – visiting famiy


  1. Leftovers
  2. Basic Crepes
  3. Sandwiches
  4. Traveling
  5. THANKSGIVING  – visiting family
  6. THANKSGIVING  – visiting family
  7. THANKSGIVING  – visiting family


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For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.


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


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