Meals & Deals: Week of 6/28/2015

Our frugal meal plan for the week of 6/28/2015

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Do you have one paycheck a month that is squeaky tight? Or all of them? The one that especially gets us is around the end of the month, when our mortgage comes out. The payment isn’t bad, but when you add in daycare for two kids, gas and groceries, there’s not much left over, especially when you factor in unemployment.

On top of all of that this week, my teenager is turning 18! While I’m excited about this, it’s a bit of a stretch and a challenge but we’ll still find ways to have fun. I’m planning on taking the day off and spending it with him. He’s asked to go to his favorite Chinese buffet for lunch, which is doable when it’s just the two of us. We might hit a movie or go hiking. Depends on our crazy weather.

In our family, the birthday person gets to plan the meals of the day, so he’s asked for breakfast burritos and burgers and fries. That’s actually pretty internationally versatile considering the Chinese lunch. I think I did ok by that kid! 🙂

Connor tiptoeing through the sunflower field.

Connor tiptoeing through the sunflowers. Excuse the shirt. He’s a teenager!

Korean eggs- It’s bibimbap, simplified. We throw together rice, kimchi and leftover veggies, top with fried eggs and Korean ketchup (Gojuchang)
BBQ Chicken- toss a bottle of BBQ sauce over a whole cut up chicken and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
Garlic Asiago Baked Spiralized Fries
Pineapple Mint Smoothie
Fruit and Herb Flavored Water
Apple Noodle Parfaits
Falafel Collard Wraps
Dirty Rice- coming soon
Vegan Brownie Batter Smoothie (Love it, but I’ll be posting my own version soon)
Breakfast Burritos- scrambled eggs, chorizo, cheese, veggies in  tortillas
Chocolate Mint Brownie Overnight Oatmeal
Crockpot Italian Porkchops- coming soon (tomato sauce, spices and porkchops in crockpot)
Carrot Cake Milkshake (forgot to make last week)
Kim’s Easy Homemade Pizza
Portabello Mushroom Pizzas
Stuffed Steaks- coming soon
Flag Cake (the super simple easy one, not the more complicated versions floating around!)

I managed to find a few deals. Milk was on sale at Kroger for $1.99 a gallon and Aldi decided to cut their price to $1.69. Hooray! Lots of milk for us. I also found bread on clearance as well as heirloom tomatoes and herbs for the garden.

Right now, the best deals are the ones growing on our land. We spent the weekend grazing on fresh raspberries, black raspberries, and mulberries. The everbearing strawberries are recovering from their move and should start producing again soon. The blackberries are blooming and we should have our very first crop in a couple of weeks, as well as elderberries. I even managed to get a few red gooseberries this year, which were pretty good.

It looks like it's raining mulberries here. Sometimes it is. We have them everywhere and they are delicious!

It looks like it’s raining mulberries here. Sometimes it is. We have them everywhere and they are delicious!

These are Hinnomaki Red Gooseberries. They're sweeter than the green ones, and the thorns are smaller.

These are Hinnomaki Red Gooseberries. They’re sweeter than the green ones, and the thorns are smaller.

Most of my fruit bushes were bought on clearance, and some were free. They literally popped up out of nowhere (mulberries, elderberries and black raspberries all volunteered for the job!) I have planted many more that aren’t ready this year, but someday soon!

Kroger: $19.08
2 gallons milk @ $1.99 ea
1 lb cheese @ 2.99
2 loaves Italian sliced bread @ .59 ea
1 pkg deli hamburger buns on clearance .99
1 pkg Kroger diapers 3.99 w/coupon
2 large heirloom tomato plants @ .99 ea
1 large tomato plant @ .74
1 thai basil @ .74
herb plant 4-pack $1
flower 6-pack $1
Aldi: $52.19
6 gallons milk @ 1.69 ea
1 bottle cranberry pomegranate juice 1.89
2 bunches bananas @ .44/lb
1 bag spinach 1.79
2 package tortillas @ 1.19 ea
1 lb shredded mozzerella 2.99
1 lb shredded cheddar 2.99
1 pkg 16 slices of American cheese 1.79
2 lbs ground turkey @ 1.89 ea
1 pkg bologna .99 (ick, my husband likes that stuff)
1 lb sliced ham 3.49
1 pkg pepperoni 1.99
1 pkg 12-roll toilet paper 4.99
1 box generic Cheerios 1.69
1 box graham crackers 1.39
1 large bag tortilla chips 2.39
1 bag frozen french fries 1.79
1 dish detergent 2.49

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