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We are approaching week five in our frugal meal planning series. I have to say that having meal plan every week has been crucial to me this season of busyness with work, compiled with being a little short financially.

Our refrigerator and cabinets are starting to lose that bloat of odd and ends stuffing them. You know, the things no one wants to eat? It’s good to see just how much food we really do have. In fact, I am planning on finishing off the odds and ends before I do a “real” grocery shop.  This will also help offset costs from my daughter’s birthday. Would you believe that child wants hot dogs and mac and cheese from a box?

This week is a little low on actual recipes but all meals are easy. That’s the biggest thing this time of year, right? I know if I am going to set myself up to WIN at this meal thing it has to be doable for my week. 

frugal meal planning meal plan 5

Breakfast Menu

Day 1: Bagels with cream cheese and apple or banana

Day 2: Egg Sandwichs – on English Muffins

Day 3: Applesauce Baked Oatmeal with yogurt

Day 4: Homemade granola

Day 5: Homemade granola, fruit, and yogurt parfaits

Day 6: Dark Chocolate Cherry Baked Oatmeal {recipe coming soon}

Day 7: French Toast 

Frugal Tip: See if you have a bakery outlet near you or check day old shelves at the grocery.
We have Entenmanns and Pepperidge Farms outlets.
Occasionally I grab Thomas English Muffins for cheap and throw them in the freezer. 

Lunch Menu

Day 1: Burgers, chips, and honey glazed carrots

Day 2: English Muffin Pizzas, veggie sticks, and chips

Day 3: Chicken Tortilla Soup with crackers and veggie sticks – Good deal on Muir Glen Soup

Day 4: Salad with black beans and salsa

Day 5: Leftovers

Day 6: Baked fish pieces, potato wedges, and green pepper slices

Day 7: Tuna Melts on English muffins with fresh fruit

Dinner Menu

Day 1: Nachos loaded with shredded chicken and beans

Day 2: Beef and Broccoli Stirfry {Recipe coming soon…}

Day 3: Haystacks – layer cooked hamburger, rice, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, and nacho tortilla chips

Day 4: White Fish and Roasted Pepper Salad

Day 5: Quick and Easy Bean Burritos – with shredded chicken

Day 6:  Hamburgers with Mushroom SoupOven Roasted Potatoes, and Salad

Day 7: Homemade Calzone with Salad (switched from last week because my daughter wanted mac and cheese for her birthday)

Frugal Tip: Buy burger in bulk when you can get a good deal

and separate it into portion sizes then freeze.

 15 Bean Soup Recipes



Whole Foods on a Budget: 5+ Meals – $62

Whole Foods on a Budget - 5 meals for $62 - what it bought


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