A Money Saving Weekly Menu Tip

I was thinking about menu planning after Cathy’s post yesterday and just wanted to share a little tip I use.  When you’re planning your menu, plan for a few different meals that will use the same fresh ingredients to prevent them from going bad.

Here’s an example of a weekly menu that would use the same ingredients a few times:

Monday: Tacos
Tuesday: Chicken Salad (the garden salad plus chicken kind, not the mayo on a croissant kind)
Wednesday: Homemade Pizza
Thursday: French Bread Sandwiches
Friday: Chicken Enchiladas
Saturday: Leftovers

For tacos, chicken salad, and french bread sandwiches, I will be using  lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.

For chicken salad and chicken enchiladas, I will be using diced chicken, so I will cook enough for 2 meals at the same time so as not to have to do it twice.  I will also use tortillas for both of these meals.

The pizza is in there to add some variety, but I could also use the French bread for sandwiches to make garlic bread to eat on pizza night.

One last thought: if I do have leftovers that don’t look like are going to be eaten before they go bad, I just throw them in the freezer and use them for lunch another day.  You couldn’t freeze lettuce, but taco meat, cooked pizza, and diced chicken could all go in there!


  • Sophie

    So I know we all have tons of chicken breasts in the freezer, but i came across a very frugal way to have roast chicken and you can roll it into your recipes above just as easy. Buy a whole chicken, rinse, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Scrunch up four foil balls and place at the bottom of your crock pot, then put the chicken on the foil balls, breast down. Cook in the crock pot for about 4 hours on high. So yummy, just like what you buy from the Deli or Costco but much cheaper if you buy the whole chickens when they are cheap! I was reminded of this trick from another commenter on a Fistful of Coupons!!

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