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When you are first getting started trying to cut your grocery budget you really want to try to plan your meals from the items that are on sale that week.   Here is a Meal Plan for the week based on the sales that are starting Wednesday, 8/22, in Publix.  While I didn’t plan it, everything this week is ready in 30 minutes or less!

Our goal is to buy items only when they are on sale and to stock up on them to last until the next sale (about 6 weeks).  If you have been shopping this way, you may have some of these items already on hand.

Here’s a shopping list with all of the items needed for these recipes (and the coupons that available).

See past weeks meal plans to get more ideas.

Quick Corn and Potato Chowder

With BOGO frozen veggies this week and potatoes on sale, my first thought is always corn and potato chowder! This is a great hearty meal and no one will miss the meat. Add in some free pillsbury grands! biscuits to make it feel like you worked all day on dinner. Just don’t tell them that the whole meal was done in 20 minutes…

Note: Here is a great crockpot version  if you want to through it together and head to work.

Russet Potatoes, 5 lb bag, $3.49
Bird’s Eye Frozen Vegetables, 8-29.5 oz B1G1 at $2.19 ($1.09)
Oscar Mayer Bacon Bits or Pieces, 2.8-3 oz, $2
Publix All Purpose Flour, 5 lb, $1.99
Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls, Cinnamon Rolls, or Grands!, 4-12 oz, $1
(free after coupons)

Hot Dog Hash, Salad, Green Beans

I feel like hot dogs are considered evil in today’s world, but depending on the ones you buy they really can be a healthy and inexpensive meat option.  This week there are good sales (and coupons) on Nathan’s Hot Dogs.  A huge favorite in our house is Hot Dog Hash.  It’s also a simple meal to cook, that takes maybe 15 minutes, so mom loves it too.   Also save some time, and money) and used the frozen hash browns rather than washing, cutting and cooking fresh potatoes.

Nathan’s Famous Skinless Beef Franks, 11-14 oz, B1G1 at $6.19 ($3.09)
Grown in Idaho Frozen Potatoes, 28 oz, at $2.99 ($1.49)

Hot Dog Option B

I’m not throwing this in to make you eat hot dogs twice this week, but another idea.  You can be Super Parent and get out the fire pit and let them cook their own dinner one night!  You’ll get free Nathan’s Hot Dog Bun’s with the hot dogs, plus most of the ingredients for S’mores are on sale.  Memories are made, children are happy, the kitchen is still clean, and yet they did all the work!

Nathan’s Famous Skinless Beef Franks, 11-14 oz, B1G1 at $6.19 ($3.09)
Free Nathan’s Hot Dog Buns with publix coupon
Nabisco Family Sized Crackers or Grahams, 12-25.6 oz, B1G1 at $4.60 ($2.29)

 Hawaiian Ham Fried Rice

Since we are in easy meal mode already, how about another great dinner that everyone will devour!  Grab the BOGO diced ham and and turn it into fried rice.  You could also use a Rice-A-Roni asian mix if you don’t want to wait for regular rice to cook.

Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham, Cubed or Diced, 8 oz, B1G1 at $3.29 ($1.64)
Rice-A-Roni or Pasta Roni, 1.9-7.2 oz, B1G1 at $1.99 (99¢)

shepherd's pie

Shepherd‘s Pie

Since you grabbed a 3 lb bag of potatoes for corn and potato chowder, let’s put the other half of the bag to use making Shepherd’s Pie.  Save some time and money and use frozen mixed veggies instead of fresh.  You’ll have everything you need for it with sales!

Consider grabbing more potatoes and making a double batch.  This freezes great, so eat one for dinner and save one for later.  To freeze it, put everything together but don’t bake it.  Just put it straight in the freezer.  When you are ready to eat it, take it out and fully thaw before baking.

Russet Potatoes, 5 lb bag, $3.49
Bird’s Eye Frozen Mixed Vegetables, 8-29.5 oz B1G1 at $2.19 ($1.09)
Publix Ground Round, sold in 3 lb rolls, $3.99 per lb

Shrimp Scampi over Pasta (or Potatoes) & Salad

Publix has had Shrimp on sale for a couple weeks now, and I’ve been wanting Shrimp Scampi.  If you’ve never cooked shrimp before, this is the easiest way to cook them and there really is no way to mess it up.

Most folks eat this over pasta and use the extra sauce from the shrimp over the pasta.  We don’t tend to do a lot of pasta because my husband is gluten-free, so we will probably make extra potatoes on our Shepherd’s Pie night and turn them into garlic mashed potatoes (just add more butter and some garlic).

Tip: One pound of shrimp this size will serve 4 adults.  We get one pound and it feeds all 7 of us, since some of ours are still little.

Large White Shrimp, 31/35 ct., $7.99 lb
Fresh Attitude Salad Blends, 5 oz, B1G1 at $3.19 ($1.59)

Taco or Nachos Night

Everything you need for Taco night is on sale this week, or you can switch it up and make something a little different and new.  Think about different toppings or even a different meat to change it up (like BBQ Pork with the buy one get one Lloyd’s BBQ sale).  We already grabbed Ground Round for the Shepherd’s pie, so you’ll have some extra to make traditional beef tacos with.

Tip: The Old El Paso Dinner kits come with salsa, so don’t worry about needing more.

Publix Ground Round, sold in 3 lb rolls, $3.99 per lb
Tomatoes on the Vine, $1.49 lb
Old El Paso Dinner Kit, 8.4-19 oz, B1G1 at $3.99 ($1.99)

Don’t forget to print your shopping list for all the items needed for these recipes.