How to create a Menu Plan on $50 a week ~ 4/16

04/16/2012 4:00 pm · 4 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

What is on a the menu at our house?

I get an email at least once a week asking me what I feed my family. Most of them are  just wanting to learn how to cross over from the habit of shopping daily for that days menu plan.  While others are convinced we eat  nothing but processed food.  They see the photos of what I buy that week and can not seem to wrap their brain around the idea of cooking from that weeks promo items and your stockpile.

Some of you “type A” personality’s  are much more organized than me, and I am sure there is a rotation chart or something fancy that would make menu planning easier.  But I do what works for me, I plan my meals around the fresh promo items that I get that week.  As well as what I get in my Bountiful Basket that week.  I then use my food storage or stockpile items, as well as freezer items to plan my meals.

Being that I do not write my menu out a week in advance  I am sharing last weeks menu with you!  Hope it helps you understand that eating from your stockpile can be made a way of life,  is both rewarding and thrifty!



  • Breakfast- Hot Oatmeal
  • Lunch- Left overs from Easter Dinner
  • Dinner- Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers, potato salad and steamed spinach


  • Breakfast- Cold Cereal with bananas
  • Lunch- Bean and Cheese burrito
  • Dinner- BBQ Chicken pizza 




  • Breakfast- Hot Oatmeal
  • Lunch-  Left over Potato Cheese Soup
  • Friday- Had  picnic at our Friends House, Kids brought Silly Apple Smiles to Share


  • late breakfast/ early lunch- Hot Oatmeal… we took the kids to Jamb Juice for working in the yard, and being good this week.
  • Dinner- Took the Kids to Chuck E Cheese for Pizza and Fun

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Great menu as always. Love the silly apple smiles! The BBQ Chicken Pizza made my mouth water. That is so going on my menu plan for next week. Thanks!

Amanda Murphy
Amanda Murphy

Black bean veggie burgers are super cheap and easy to make! (Not to mention tasty and if you do it right theirs no way the men can tell!) I just do black beans, oatmeal (texture and fiber) onion, mushrooms, squash or zuchini and whatever other veggies I have. Then salt pepper, grill seasoning, a little oil if it seems dry then you just form them grill them (preferably a george forman), halfway threw grilling you can add sauce if you want. Its amazing with bbq. Serve on a WW bun (if you have it) with mayo sauce and lettuce!


I wish it was that easy for me... My husband and son both work 9 to 10 hour days and want meat for supper every night! I like to cook, it's just knowing what to fix that's the problem. I am not the kind that can just throw something together.

Amanda Murphy
Amanda Murphy

Carolyn what I used to do is to pick one day (usually on the weekend) and do all the meal prep. (Like cooking off the meat and dicing veggies ect). That way when it comes time for dinner it's usually just 10 to 15 until you're done AND you've already planned it so there's no "What do I feel like cooking".

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