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Thrifty Finds and a Weekly Meal Plan March 10-16,2013

Posted on 11 March 2013 by noelskitchen

Happy Monday! This past weekend was so beautiful and a great way to start off Spring. The daffodils are already in full bloom around the property and the birds are singing and chirping away. I took the weekend off to spend some time going to estate sales looking for deals and putting together our family’s online thrift store. Right now, because we don’t physically own a “store”,  we  currently sell on Ebay, Craigslist, online at Grumpy Treasures and by appointment only to the locals items available on our online store.

I’m always on the lookout for deals on items our family can use. And I love finding vintage kitchen items or furniture with a history.

This week’s meal plan, is still continuing on our family’s frugal living budget. Meal planning is a wonderful strategy to help provide a healthy,
 home-cooked meal with the awesome added benefit
 of saving time, money and stress!

Since I didn’t do much prepping for this week’s meal plan, I’ll be doing some prep throughout the week. Here’s our plan for the week:

Meal Plan

I meal plan at the beginning of each week. For me, it’s Sunday mornings when the house is quite and everyone’s still sleeping. I try and manage a decent frugal grocery budget and not go to the grocery store on a weekly basis unless we need dairy products like milk. Weekly meal planning saves our family money, reduces food waste, and keeps us from the urge to say, “Let’s eat out!”

My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:


Breakfast options:

(served with fruit)

French toast casserole
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Scrambled, Fried, or Hard-Boiled Eggs
Breakfast Burritos
English Muffins
Homemade Bread
Breakfast Cookies
Breakfast Potatoes
Mini Apple Pies or Turnovers

 Lunch options:

Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg saladchicken salad, turkey salad, leftover meats, grilled cheese, blt, pb&j)
Leftovers from dinner
Baked Potato
Homemade Pizza Pockets

Suppers Your Family Will Love

Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu.  I enjoy menu planning because of  the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to  have more free time to focus on my family and home. For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week, given time to cook and photograph :) )

Note: an asterisk* means it’s from the freezer

Sunday:  Sunday Supper~Chicken and Vegetables, Garden Salad-Soak oats for Monday’s breakfast

Monday: Grilled Herb Turkey Breasts, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans–Making extra mashed potatoes for later in the week

Tuesday:  Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garden Salad and Garlic Bread-save leftover meatballs for Thursday’s meal

Wednesday: Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Thursday: Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Friday: Family Favorites Night~ Fully Loaded Baked Potatoes–any leftovers, I’ll add to tomorrows’s soup

Saturday: Cream of Broccoli Soup, Fluffy Dinner Rolls

For more great family recipes, be sure to visit my new recipe box page.

What’s cooking at your house this week?


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