Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Menu with what's on sale for the week of Mar. 9-Mar. 15

I want so desperately to get this budget menu for the week out on Wednesday this week. We are speculating that sonny boy will get his mission call on Thursday of this week, as in TOMORROW. I know that doing a budget menu after that will be futile. I am expecting to be a mush of excitement, hysteria and nerves, all rolled together in one.

After just looking at the ads briefly this a.m., I concluded that if you could only make it to one store this week, then that store should be Bashas'. At least for produce. Safeway and Albies come in a close second. Safeway for their broccoli, 2 lbs./$1 and whole chicken for .89 lb. Albertson's for their ground beef at $1.77/lb. and their brand canned tuna at .50 can and Jennie O turkey breast at $4.99/lb. If you hate salmon patties, as do I, then use the rest of the hamburger for hamburger patties and either eat them plain or buy some buns to go with it. Omit the crusty bread if you opt for hamburger buns.

Today starts the Lenten season which means a few things in the grocery world. It means that good prices on canned tuna and fresh fish, peanut butter and mac & cheese mixes and sometimes even Mayo and prepared tartar sauces will prevale in the next 40 days. It might be a good time to stock up on canned seafood. I usually have a couple of meatless menus per week so that shouldn't be a problem if you are observing Lent.

Not to be a gloom and doom girl but I have been thinking lately that it is a good time to take inventory of my pantry and food storage and add to it accordingly. And by add to it, I mean, get it complete by the end of the month. Overwhelming thought but I need to just suck it up and do it. With gas prices soaring upward and talk of skyrocketing food prices in the near future due to crop failures, I can't help but think that I will be needing to depend on my pantry and my food storage soon. Might be a good time to add some extra canned goods, flour and sugar (or mixes if you don't bake from scratch. You might want to get some bread mixes. If you couldn't buy bread at the store, what would you do?), toilet paper and other neccesities to your cabinets.


1-Cold cereal, milk, cantaloupe chunks
3-Cold cereal, milk
4-Oatmeal, strawberries
5-Cold cereal, milk
6-Toast, grapefruit
7-Cold cereal, milk

1-Turkey sandwich, apple, hard boiled egg
2-PB&J sandwich, Strawberries
3-Chicken salad sandwich, orange
4-Turkey sandwich, grapes
5-Tuna sandwich, apple, carrots
6-PB&J sandwich, orange
7-Tuna sandwich, grapes, carrots

1-Roast chicken, rice, Broccoli salad (right side, under salads)
2-Spaghetti, sauce, crusty bread
3-Gorton's fish, tator tots, vegetable
5-Corned beef/cabbage/bacon, Irish soda bread(both recipes on right side under corned beef)
6-Salmon Patties, vegetables, crusty bread
7-Bashas cheese pizza

Albertson's chunk light tuna, 2/$1, buy 3
General Mills cinnamon toast crunch or other select cereals, $1.49 ea when you use coupon in Wed. ad, buy 3 at $4.47
Ground beef, $1.77 lb. in 3# chub at $5.31
Large cantaloup, $1 ea
Demings skinless and boneless canned Pink Salmon, .99, buy 2
Jennio O Blue Ribbon turkey breast, $4.99 lb., buy 1 lb.
or if you'd rather, Kretschmar Ham

Bar A Bacon, $1.99
Food Club cheese, 2/$3, $1.50
Bashas 16 inch Pizza, $4.99
Crusty bread, $1.29, buy 2
Food Club pasta, .89
Food Club oats, .99
Strawberries, $1.19, first 4, buy 1
Oranges, .49 lb., buy 3 at $1.47
Texas grapefruit, .49 ea, buy 2
Food Club tator tots, I've allowed, $2.99
Chili seasoning pouch, I've allowed, $1.00
Rice, I've allowed $1.99
Eggs, I've allowed, $1.39

Red seedless grapes, .75 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $2.25
Kroger mini carrots, .88 ea
Fry's milk, 50% off, I think it's $1.74, buy 2 at $3.48
Gortons fish, $3.99
Canned corned beef, I've allowed for $2.99
Cabbage, 4 lbs./$1
If you wanted to make Colcannon for St. Patrick's Day dinner, then add to the total, $2.50 for a bag of red potatoes at Fry's. The recipe for Colcannon is at the right under Corned beef.
Fry's or Kroger tomatoes or beans, 5/$3, buy 2 tomatoes and 2 beans
Kroger spaghetti sauce, $1.19
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4
Kroger Value peanut butter, $1.49

Sanderson Farms whole chicken, .89 lb., buy 4 lbs. at $3.56
Broccoli, 2 lbs./41
Gala apples, .88 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $2.64

Items not on grocery list:
leavenings like baking soda or baking powder
herbs and spices
ingredients for soda bread
Mayo or Miracle whip for dressing for broccoli salad
cracker or bread crumbs for the salmon patties
onion, if desired for salmon patties

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