Category: Frugal Food Solutions

Meal planning at it’s finest and the recipes to boot!

Avocado: Super Food in a Sensational Sandwich

Avocado: Super Food in a Sensational Sandwich

 

Avocado o: Super Food in a Sensational Sandwich
Avocado: Super Food in a Sensational Sandwich

This avocado, turkey sensational sandwich is one of my favorites! Do you like meals that are easy to make, healthy and filling? How about meals that are budget friendly? Me too! This sandwich meets the criteria and your family will love it!

One of the best reasons to eat this sensational sandwich is it includes a super food: avocado. Avocados have been found to have so many health benefits, it is hard not to eat them! Their unique texture and flavor leave you wanting more and this sandwich will not disappoint.

Reasons to Eat Avocados

  • Healthy monounsaturated fats
  • Rich in other nutrients like Vitamin k, C, B6, and E
  • Helps cut bad cholesterol
  • Reduce risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Lower your weight by reducing hunger
  • Fight Inflammation
  • Great source of energy
  • Kids love the cool green color

There are many other reasons avocados are beneficial to your health. There is also research linking avocados to fighting certain types of cancers. Why not eat one of these babies every day? Therefore, it is essential to find ways that will keep your family interested in this amazing super food!

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How to Do a Week’s Worth of Amazing Summer Budget Meals that Rock!

Summer Budget Meals – Meal Planning

Summer Budget Meal Plan

When I was in college, I was on an extreme budget. I was taking out student loans and worked forty hours a week at a daycare making $5.15 an hour to make ends meet.  I was especially excited when I received my first – drumroll please – $.05 raise. Making an extra $.40 a day really helped out with the bills. (ha ha)

After one year I left the dorms and the “meal plan” I had grown accustomed to was left back in Trout Hall. For the first time in my life, I had to start buying groceries on my own.  The budget for my weekly groceries was a little less than $20 a week and that included everything. How did I make it work? At the time, I shopped at Wal-Mart and bought the same thing every week. Occasionally, my cousin would go shopping with me. I knew what the exact total would be when we arrived at the checkout and my cousin found this hilarious.

This was my first experience with meal planning. I wasn’t as organized as I am now, but I pretty much ate the same thing from week to week and stuck to a budget.

The college years were rough but I am now an adult and have experienced what it is like to make a decent salary. Nonetheless, I continued to use my frugal ways to budget for groceries and other areas of my life. However, since I made more my budget was higher than $20 a week for groceries. Funny enough, I still had a good idea of what my grocery bill would be when I passed through the check out because I allocated myself a certain amount of money for food and household items and used meal planning.

Suggested Reading: Budget-Friendly Two Week Dinner Meal Plan – Under $75

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How To Create a $40 Meal Plan Your Family Will Love

Plan your meals for two weeks for under $40! Your family and budget will thank you!
$40 Meal Plan Your Family Will Love

This is my third round of bi-weekly dinner meal planning! However, this time it comes with a twist! Why? A fellow frugal friend needed help. She had to find a way to feed herself and her husband for two weeks, but the kicker was she only had $35 for food. Realizing the need for low-cost meal planning, my “$40 Meal Planning Your Family Will Love” was born.

Inspired by her situation, I wondered how many others out there could use low-cost meal planning. So my challenge for this round is to keep your grocery bill around $40. Hopefully, you have some items on hand and you will spend even less, but if you do not, you will come out right around $41. This list is a dinner meal plan so let’s see how well we can do. Be sure to read until the end and click the printable grocery list to save you time and money! My shopping for this meal plan was mostly done at Kroger.

Keep in mind, if you are saving money on your groceries, you will be able to put money away for other important areas of your budget such as an emergency fund, savings account, or retirement fund. Cutting your food costs is one of the easiest ways to put extra money in your pocket. Not to mention, my $40 meal plan will save your sanity because you will not be rushing around your kitchen, like a crazy person, trying to throw something together when your kids are hungry. This is not a fun situation for anyone!

Suggested Reading: How to Do a Week’s Worth of Summer Budget Meals that Rocks!

Suggested Reading: No Money to Pay My Bills, Help!

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Pulled Chicken – Quick, Easy, Yummy, Cheap

Pulled Chicken
Pulled Chicken – Easy to make

Pulled Chicken

Have a taste for some comfort food?  Pulled Chicken is the way to go.

If you are cooking  for a party or  your family, this recipe will not leave you disappointed.  It is really super simple to make. Just pull out your good, ol’ slow cooker and crank it up to high heat. You will soon be ready to eat!

This recipe is part of my Budget-Friendly Meal Planning Two-week post.  You will find it towards the end of the two weeks, so be sure to read it through.

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Smothered Pork – Easy Crock Pot Meal Planning Recipe

Smothered pork
Smothered pork – Easy, budget-friendly

Smothered Pork! Anyone hungry? This recipe sounds so yummy but yet so complicated! Yet, if you follow along, you will see it is easy breezy with this simplified slow cooker recipe. Best of all, it is budget-friendly and can be quickly added to my Budget-friendly Two-week Meal Planning for under $75! 

As promised in my last post, I wanted to quickly churn out this recipe! You will now be ready for your Budget-Friendly Two-Week Meal Planning listed above.

This is a quick, easy recipe that can be made in under 10 minutes (not including cooking time). Keep reading and your dinner tonight will be fast, simple and make your family smile. Any recipe with cream of mushroom soup in it, has to be good.

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Budget Friendly Two-week Dinner Meal Planning – Under $75

Meal Planning on a Budget- Round 2 for under $75

Meal planning - 2 weeks under $75
Meal planning – 2 weeks of dinners under $75 with printables

Did you read Budget Friendly Meal Planning? If not then click the link, but if you have followed me (hint, hint subscribe to new posts on my sidebar) then you may be getting tired of the first two weeks of meal planning and want some other options.

Just a quick recap! Meal planning is an awesome way to save on your grocery bill and save your sanity.  By planning out what you will make for dinner each night and knowing you have the right ingredients on hand, dinner will be stress-free and you will be less inclined to order take-out.  I’ve even included an easy homemade pizza to boot!

One of the best ways to save money is to eat at home.  In my first meal-planning option I included one budget-friendly meal out, as a treat!  In this version, we will eat at home each night. If you are only eating out once a month, imagine how much money you will save!

Your food bill doesn’t have to break your budget.  Cooking is easy, fun and budget-friendly.

So with you in mind, I devised another two-week round of meals! Listed under the meal planning is a grocery list with prices (mostly exact but a few are estimated) of where I usually shop, Target! You will notice our bi-weekly dinners will total under $75!! That is two weeks of dinner meals for under $75! Yes, you read that right!

Note: Add in some bread, lunch meat, cereal and milk, and you will have an entire two weeks of meals for around $100.

Note: If you are really low on cash this month, check out my $40 meal plan for two weeks worth of dinners.

Grab your free Meal Plan and Menu Template

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