Menu Planning for March 26, 2012

We are still in the hole from our March budget deficit, though there is some light at the end of the tunnel.  My husband has filed his reimbursement request for the conference we attended last week (more on that later in the week), and we are also filing to get a $600 reimbursement for Flexible Spending dependent care.  I have also been working very hard this month, so I should be making a bit more next month.

However, we have been waiting since February for a 1/4 side of beef from my cousin.  Her husband’s cows were smaller this year, so he just butchered one and made it mostly ground beef.  Now the meat is ready, and we are hoping to get it in early April.  However, it will cost $524, so this is one more shot to our budget, but if we don’t buy now, we won’t be able to buy again until December, so we are going to buy now even though it will strain our budget.

The good news is that we will have our freezer stocked with a 1/2 side of ground beef, and our CSA is fully paid for, so we should start getting fresh, organic vegetables weekly in June all the way through October.  Our grocery bill should be much lower soon; it is just hard to pay for everything upfront.

To help the budget deficit, we will be having a pantry challenge over the next two weeks.  Honestly, our pantry is already pretty lean because I didn’t buy many groceries in March thanks to the budget deficit, but there is at least enough to last us two weeks, perhaps three if we only stock up on necessary fresh fruits and vegetables.  Here is the plan:

Breakfast–breakfast mueseli, eggs, organges
Lunch–p.b. and j sandwiches made with Potato Bread, carrot sticks, fruit
Dinner–Refried Beans and Rice, mixed veggies

B–pumpkin muffins, eggs, tangerines
L–p.b. and j for the guys, beans and rice leftovers for me and the girls
D–Southwestern Chicken Chili (from the freezer)

B–homemade cinnamon bread, eggs, pears
L–leftovers for all of us
D–Stuffed Pepper Soup (from the freezer)

B–oatmeal with blueberries, eggs, oranges
L–p.b. and j for the guys, refried bean tacos for me and the girls
D–sloppy joes (from the freezer) with homemade buns, mixed veggies, homemade fries

B–homemade cinnamon bread, eggs, apples
L–p.b. and j for everyone, fruit, crackers
D–Seafood Pasta (without the scallops because I only have shrimp in the freezer), green beans

B–blueberry pancakes, eggs, fruit
L–p.b. and j, fruit, crackers
D–Cabbage Soup (from the freezer), homemade bread

B–Homemade cinnamon bread french toast, eggs, fruit
D–homemade chicken noodle soup

Snacks will be fruits, muffins, and leftovers.

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