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How I Saved this Week:
1. I earned $5 cash back from my favorite grocery apps, Checkout 51, ibotta, Snap by Groupon, and SavingStar. They all rewards that were for Thanksgiving ingredients that were on my grocery list, so I wasn’t buying things that I didn’t need just to get the deal. And now I see many Christmas related rewards being offered from these apps. You can read more about these apps here: 4 Simple Grocery Apps that Earn You Cash Back
2. I roasted my free turkey that I received from Giant and as you’ll see below I used the meat and stock through out the week for my meal planning.
This Week’s Dinners:
Every week, I share what we ate for the week on our budget. Our current monthly budget for my family of 4 is $500.
Saturday: Roasted Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn. We had Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house with my extended family, so we didn’t have any turkey leftovers, so every year, I make our own turkey dinner just for the beloved leftovers. I also made turkey stock from the bones.
Sunday: Turkey & Waffles. This is my absolute FAVORITE way to use leftover turkey and gravy.
Monday: Easy Turkey Noodle Soup. I made extra to take to a neighbor who is recovering from a hospital stay. Noodle soup is always so soothing when you’re not feeling well.
Tuesday: We took a turkey break and I made Roasted Pork Chops & Potatoes, along with steamed vegetables.
Wednesday: Back to turkey with Baked Turkey Macaroni & Cheese and steamed broccoli.
Thursday: More turkey with Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas and I served with apple slices and mandarin oranges.
Friday: Chicken Tenders, french fries, and vegetables.
This Week’s Breakfasts, Lunches, and Snacks:
For breakfast, we ate eggs & toast, oatmeal, and bagels. For lunch? You guessed it–turkey sandwiches! We also ate leftover soup, mac & cheese and enchiladas. Snacks included apples, oranges, pretzels, yogurt and cheese sticks.