Menu Plan Monday - Week of August 2nd, 2010

This week I want to focus on a menu plan that is cost effective.  I believe that it is a good idea to have a menu plan that is low cost.  No coupons necessary, just look out for sales and managers specials.  I do not expect folks to eat this way all the time.

Baked Chicken Legs ($.59 cents a pound on sale)
Rice a Roni (home made so the cost of 1 cup of rice and 1/2 cup of pasta)

Hotdogs ($.99 on the managers discount rack)
Baked Beans ($1.50 per can)
Ore-Ida Tater Tots ($1.70 a bag)

Grilled Brats ($3 pack)
Sauteed Cabbage($.50 pound)
Mashed Potatoes ($1.80 for 5 pound bag)

Taco Dinner ($2.00 for a 1 pound roll of beef)
Refried Beans ($1.50 dried pack makes 3 jars)
Home Made Tortillas (buy your own for $1.50 a pack)
Spanish Rice (1.50 for a bag of white rice 2 cups per pound bag, $.75 )

Chicken Cutlets ($.99 a pound on sale one week)
Annies GF Mac and Cheese ($3 box)

Gnucchi (I make mine home made from potatoes, but a purchase boxed pasta is $3 from Walmart)
Meat Sauce ($2.00 a roll of beef, $1 can of pre-made sauce)
Home Made Rolls (calculated to be $2.50 per recipe)

Hamburgers ($2 roll of beef makes 5/6 hamburgers)
on Home Made Rolls (calculated to be $2.50 per recipe)
Ore-Ida Steak Fries ($1.70 a bag)

Bear Creek Potato Soup $2.50 a bag
Home Made Lunchables ($2.50 for bologna and cheese slices, crackers)
Mini Pizzas (Ingredients calculated to be $3.00 per batch)
Chicken Nuggets ($.99 a pound, one pound per two kids)

The entire plan rounds out to be $50 dollars.  Sounds like a lot for a low cost week, I know.  Remember it is a gluten free diet so there is only so much you can do to cut costs there.


  1. I know what you mean about gluten free being a bit more pricey! Be careful with the french fries and tater tots as they are often coated with wheat. At least more and more products are coming out gluten free lately.

    Thanks for sharing your menu with us! I would love to cut costs for our menus but it seems the only way to do so is to add a lot of grain to the diet. Any ideas I can get to be cheap without gaining wt. I am gleaning. =))

  2. Thank you for your comment Jen. I suppose I should have put Ore-Ida. I found out the hard way that Walmart Brand is not GF.


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