Menu Plan Monday

We are tightening our budget this month due to the constant rise in gas and food prices. Anyone who reads my blog knows that my husband is an independant contractor. What he does for a living is akin to what a trucker does……he drives. Only he doesn’t drive a truck he drives our family mini-van.

He has a regular route that requires that he make some stops in town and then drive two hours to our neighboring state. Since my husband get paid by the mile this has always been a lucrative profession for him.

But with the recent and consistant rises in gas prices it’s becoming almost detrimental for him to continuing being a driver. We are spending about $50.00 a day in gas. This is double what we were paying per day this same time last year. The high gas prices are costing us an extra $125.00 per week which totals $500.00 per month more in gas than last year.

We live a very frugal and simple lifestyle as you all know but these rising prices are getting ridiculous. In additoin I am also finding it difficult to find deals at the grocery stores. I shop Aldi for many of my staple items because the prices can’t be beat unless their is a spectacular sale at one of my local grocers, but I haven’t seen any of those for a while now.

But, this is not the first time that we have had to tighten our belts so I want to encourage those who are also experiencing the squeeze of the rise in prices.

Below I am going to post my menu along with my grocery list and costs. If you are interested in any of these frugal recipes feel free to leave me a comment and I will post them for you.

SHOPPING LIST
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Rice 6 lbs. $2.40
Split Peas 2 lbs. .99
Canned Crushed Tomatoes (2) .90
1 Dozen Large Eggs $1.55
1 Gallon Skim Milk $3.69
1/2 lb. Boars Head Turkey $4.00
Whole Chickens (5) $12.50
Sugar 5lbs. $1.98
Frozen Apple Juice Concentrate (2) $2.00
Bananas 3lbs. 1.00
Raisin Bran $3.65
Food Lion Shredded Wheat $1.00
Yeast .95
Flour $1.99
1 lb. Ground Turkey $2.69
Cookies $1.77
Doritos $1.50

Total grocery bill for a family of 6: $44.56

MENU
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Breakfast
*Baked Oatmeal
*Pancakes w/Syrup
*Rasin Bran/Shredded Wheat
*Cheesy Grits
*Creamy Oatmeal

Lunch
*Pasta w/Tomato Basil Pesto
*Black Eyed Peas over Steamed White Rice
*Army Man Rice
*Split Pea Soup w/rice
*Spanish Rice

Hubby’s lunch:
*22 wingettes cut from the 5 whole chicken’s:
3 lunches (BBQ’d, Terryaki & hot wings) 7 wings per lunch
*2 lunches of Turkey and cheese sandwiches
*choice of snack from below and a smoothie each day

Dinner
*BBQ’d Meat Loaf, Steamed Rice and Kidney Beans
*Spicy Chicken, Steamed Rice and Refried Beans
*Crispy Chicken, Steamed Rice Black Eyed Peas,Gravy and Corn Bread
*Sweet and Sour Chicken, Steamed Rice Sweet Corn
*Asian Pan Fried Chicken, Steamed Rice and Green Beans

Snacks & Baked Goods
*Chocolate Pudding
*Vanilla Pudding
*Corn Bread
*4 loaves of homemade bread (2 white and 2 wheat)
*Homemade Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
*Mint Thin Cookies
*Doritos

Drinks
*Water
*Apple Juice
*Iced Tea
*Hot Tea
*Coffee
*Smoothie

Visit Make Ahead Breakfast Time Savers for my breakfast recipes.

Visit the folowing sites for thrifty easy to prepare meals
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/Wellness/breads.htm

Low Cost Emergency Menu