Last week’s meal plan went pretty well, though several items were bumped due to picking up fresh meat from the grocery store. I decided to use those items, rather than freezing them and defrosting other items.
I am not sure if it is just where I live, or if it is because the change of seasons is bringing about a change in the menu, but I am having a hard time finding good sales on meat. Not only that, but the prices seem to have increased. So, when I do find a good deal, I tend to stock up on it. This is how I ended up with just over 20 pounds of ground beef in my freezer a few months ago. I walked into the grocery in Small Town, saw they marked down the ground beef to $.99/lb, and bought all of it right on the spot. Thankfully a friend was also as thrilled as I was, so we split the meat. I believe we have a pound or two of it in the freezer, pre-cooked and ready to go. Let’s just say spaghetti was on the menu a lot this past month or so. It worked out well as I also had quite a stock of noodles and had just finished canning tomato sauce.
I was down to only 🙂 6 or 7 boxes of spaghetti noodles after all the spaghetti we have had, so I have begun looking for more to restock the supply. Once it gets back to 25 or so boxes, I will be able to stop looking for the year. My “buy price” is $1, though last winter I was able to get it for $.75/box, and that was for the good stuff. I am patient about this, as noodles are not a high price item anyway, so I will buy a few boxes of the cheaper noodles when they dip below $1, but not fully stock up. If I can get the wheat noodles, ‘healthy’ noodles, or the ones with veggies in them, for $1 or less then it will be time for me to stock up and stop spending time looking for a better deal.
Finding a meat sale is really the money saver and so worth the extra time to find the sales. If noodles normally cost $1.20 and are 50% off, then you have saved $.60. If meat is normally $6.99/lb and is 50% off, then you save $3 for each pound you buy. Always buy meat on sale if possible. It will give you the biggest savings on your grocery bill.
This week is going to be a busy one. Monday is basically the only day I have nothing outside the home to do. I was hoping to go shopping at the discount grocer to pick up bacon bits and a few other items, but am not sure when I will get a chance. I really do not want to have to go with Jack AND Olaf,so we will see how it turns out happening.
With the change in schedule to having Jack back home for lunches, a crazy week of people coming here and us going there, I am looking for some slow cooker meals to make life a bit easier.
I am also planning to make several muffins this week to add to the freezer and as a “Thank You” for a group of college students who make our Sunday afternoons easier most weeks. (They work at the restaurant we eat out at.) Turns out the muffins will be good timing for them, as Finals Week begins next week.
- Pancakes, bacon, coffee
- Eggs, Toast, Fruit
- Peaches and Cream Oatmeal
- Creamy Oatmeal with peanut butter
- Croissants, eggs, bacon
- Eat Out
- Chocolate Chili (leftovers)
- Grilled Peaches and pork, side salad
- Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala, rice, sliced tomatoes
- Spicy Pan Fried Sirloin Steak with noodles, beets, peas
- Tomato Soup, grilled flat bread
- Falafels, side salad
- Crepes, fruit
- Lentil-Tomato Soup, corn bread muffins
- Sandwiches (Date Night!)
- Black Bean Soup, corn bread muffins
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