Friday, September 25, 2009

Menus with what's on sale for Sept. 23- Sept. 30

Sooooo...after having spent the week caring for, or being cared for, if I can come up with a menu plan other than applesauce, toast and jello, consider yourselves lucky. Mr. B.M. (Budget Menu) said that I should make a shopping list of Advil Cold Medicine, Tylenol, cough drops, sprite and juice for this week. Silly boy.

Here goes, the brain is still fuzzier than usual so forgive me if the math doesn't add up completely. I think that it does. I tried hard to include everything and add right. And you can TOTALLY make this grocery list sing for around $67 down to $65 if you are a coupon clipper. See my sidebar for couponsense the website, not couponsense the blog. Well, you can see the blog also. If you want to.


1-Cold cereal, juice
2-Cold cereal, peaches
3-Yogurt, cherry vanilla granola parfaits. Cantaloupe chunks
4-French toast
5-Cheese omelettes
6-Eggs, toast
7-Cold cereal, juice

Now, I must tell you that I had breakfast tacos listed at first on one of the days, but had to pull it as it cost too much this week. The sausage was Kroger sausage at Fry's for $1.99 and Mission Flour taco tortillas at Bashas for $1.99. Pulling those items got us under the $70 mark.

1-Tuna sandwich, grapes, hard boiled egg, Capri Sun drink
2-Ham sandwich, carrots/celery, cookie
3-Tuna sandwich, crackers, carrots/celery stix
4-Lunchmeat sandwich, carrots/celery, cookie, Capri Sun drink
5-Lunchemat sandwich, cookie, cantaloupe chunks
6-Pizza, grahms
7-Ramen Noodles, cheese toast

1-Chicken Broccoli rice casserole, jello.
If you feel like making rolls from scratch for this meal, I have a great recipe below. Ingredients are not added into the budget but if you're a baker you probably already have them anyway. Recipe link for casserole is
NOTE: When I've made my version of this before, I've put the chicken in the pan, then the broc, then combined the rice, sour cream and soup and put that on top. I don't imagine it really matters the order of thing. I never add cheese on top either, so if you want to save your cheese for something else, do it here. The topping with the soup, rice gets all golden and yummy on it's own. I never add the mayo to the rice mix either, so just add a little more sour cream if you want, or not, instead of the mayo if you don't have it or are one of those people who thinks it's gross.

2-Pork Chops, applesauce, canned vegetable

3-Mac & Cheese, pineapple chunks

4-Chicken, mashed potatoes or oven roasted potatoes, canned vegetable, rolls

5-Ham Fried rice, canned vegetable. Make rice with some of the ham sandwich meat cut into dices, and some diced onion, can use some of the carrots and celery cooked in the rice as well. Season with garlic powder and soy sauce.

6-Spaghetti, salad

7-Leftovers. OR Baked potatoes with sour cream or supplement the leftovers with baked potatoes. Or might be a great time to pull the extra gr. beef or pork out of the freezer from the past two weeks.

Desserts: Pudding, Cheesecake Pie (see recipe on side bar)
You could easily make rice pudding if you wanted to, if you're not sick of rice, by adding a can of sweetened condensed milk and using this recipe,1842,147169-245203,00.html
Just make sure to do an egg count, my head is spinning, I can't count the eggs used right now.

Smart's Sunday Dinner Rolls-Carol Smart
I've made these on Mondays and Saturdays and they turned out just fine. Again do an egg count before you start. I make these without the eggs all of the time though. It's up to you.

2 C. milk
4 Tbls shortening or butter

Put these in a glass bowl in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or to just before a boil(scald). Let cool to lukewarm.

In another bowl add 1 T. yeast, 1/4 C. warm water and 1 tsp. sugar. Let it grow.
Then after 10-20 minutes or before it grows over the bowl, put it in the mixer with the milk and melted butter.

2 eggs, beaten
3 Tbls. sugar
2 tsp. salt

Add 2 C. flour and beat thoroughly. Gradually add enough flour to make a dough that can be stirred with a spoon. Knead. (You want enough flour in this so that you have a smooth elastic dough with only a slight amount of tackiness to it. Grease a bowl and the top of dough, cover and let rise to double. Make 24 rolls (when I make them I have enough to fill a 15x10 inch baking sheet) and let double again. I usually put a little oil on tops or it's on my hands when I'm shaping them to keep them from drying out. I put saran wrap on top and to let them raise. Bake at 350 till golden brown. Aprox. 15-20 minutes. Keep a close eye on them in the oven.

Grocery List:
Albertson's chunk light tuna, .69, buy 2
Albertson cream of chicken soup, .69, buy 1
Del Monte canned vegetables, .69, buy 3
Red greapes, .69 lb., buy 2 lbs.

Split chicken breast, .87 lb. I am aproximatley guessing, since I have been quarantined, LOL, to home that the package size would be around 5 lbs., but I don't know, I have not done my research this week, also another reason this is coming out two days late than the ads. 5 lbs would put us at $4.35

Utah Peaches, yum, .79, buy 2 lbs.
Food Club yogurt, 3/$1, buy 4 or however many is in your family but add $ to the total if you go past 4
Blue Ribbon long grain rice, 2 lbs., .99
Food Club applesauce, 2/$3, buy 1
Maruchan Ramen noodles, 6/$1, or .16, buy 2 at .32
Value Time med. eggs, .88, buy 2
Value Time mac & cheese, .36
Celery, .79
Bashas cour cream, $1.99

Kroger mini carrots, .88
Dole Premium classic salad, .88
Assorted Pork loin chops, .88. Again, I've not checked this out yet, let's presume that they are in 5 lb. packages, total would be $4.40
Del Monte Gold Pineapple, $1
General Mills cereal, $1.77, buy 2
Bar S ham, $2.99
Fry's milk, $1.99, buy 2 (this seems to be the price for milk at most stores this week)
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4 for $3.52. There are 20 slices of bread in each loaf
Kroger Value spaghetti, .88
Kroger Value spaghetti sauce, $1.15 (If you hate this, buy Ragu or Prego, add extra $ to budget)
Land O Frost Premium lunchemeat, $2.99
Kroger Value cookies, $1.15
Grahm crackers, I've allowed for $1.99
Seet onion, .88 lb., I've allowed for one at .44

Buy 10 Mega event
1-Philadelphia cream cheese, .89
2-Philadelphia cream cheese
3-Jello pudding, .89
4-Jello gelatin, .89
5-DiGiorno Pizza, $3.99
6-Capri Sun drinks, $1.39
7-Wheat thins snack crackers, $1.49
8-Juicy Juice, $1.99 (find a coup and it's only .99!)
9-Kraft shredded cheese, $1.39
10-Kraft shredded cheese

Broccoli crowns, .99 lb.
Sweet cantaloupe, 2/$1, buy 2
Idaho russet potatoes, .99 for a 5 lb. bag
Cherry Vanilla granola, $2.49 lb., buy $1 worth

Other great buys this week:
Lg vine ripe tomatoes, .49 lb.-sprouts
Extra lean gr. beef, $1.99 lb.-Sprouts
Sno-white cauliflower, .99 ea-Sprouts
Boneless Beef cross rib steak, $1.88 lb.-Fry's
Green onions or radishes, 2/$1-Fry's
Romaine lettuce, $1
Campbell's chicken Noodle soup, .69-Albertson's
Shasta soda, .69-Albertson's
Iceberg lettuce, 2/$1-Albertson's
90% lean gr. beef, $1.77 for 4# or more-Bashas
Assorted pork chops, .97 lb.-Bashas
Food Club cereal, $2.50-Bashas
Mission soft taco shells, $1.99-Bashas
Pillsbury cake mix, .99-Bashas
Juicy Juice drink boxes, 2/$4-Bashas
Value Time soft white bread, .88-Bashas
Bashas milk, $1.99-Bashas
Food Club whipped cream, $1.99-Bashas
Food Club tater tots, $1.99-Bashas

Items not on the list:
sweetened condensed milk if you decide to make the rice pudding
soy sauce
garlic powder
salad dressing
powdered sugar

1 comment:

  1. I'm so sorry you've been under the weather, Jeri! This has been a snot-filled summer in general for everyone, it seems. It's been like as soon as one hacking bout is over, another's waiting in the wings to begin. I hope this is all you have to deal with and the germs stay away. And thank you for your previous post. Your approach is powerful because for the people who have to come up with de novo menus every week, you show how creative they can be just working with the specials.