Meal Planning: 3/13 thru 3/19

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Have you seen "reduced for quick sale" on drastically reduced items before? It's normally reserved for things that are about to expire and/or things that the packaging is being redesigned, either way, the store needs to reduce their inventory quickly and that means huge savings for YOU! I took advantage of so many "reduced for quick sale" and "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" items this week not just because there were such a great deal but because my pantry needed restocking! I made sure to check all expiration dates and ended up with items good until 2012. I completely blew this week's budget; however, overall from recent weeks, I'm well under my average spending of $150.00 per week.

Safeway: $186.23
[Budget: $150.00]
Texas Toast croutons
Stubb's chicken marinade (on sale $2.99)
Marie's blue cheese vinaigrette dressing (on sale $1.49)
(2) Muir Glen organic tomato & basil pasta sauce (on sale $4.99 plus $1.00 coupon, limit 2)
(2) La Victoria verde salsa ("reduced for quick sale" Buy 1 Get 1 Free)
Pickles (on sale $3.99 plus $0.50 coupon)
Parmesan cheese (on sale $0.99)
Aged Balsamic vinegar
Crushed garlic
Organic fresh basil (Buy 1, Get 1 Free)
Organic fresh thyme (Buy 1, Get 1 Free)
Enchilada sauce ("reduced for quick sale" $0.99)
Black beans
Hoisin sauce ("reduced for quick sale" $1.99)
Fruit loops cereal (on sale $1.49)
(3) Wanchai Ferry orange chicken ("reduced for quick sale" $1.99)
Taco shells (on sale $1.99)
Organic minneolas (on sale $0.99/lb)
Red bell pepper
Organic tomatoes (on sale $1.99/lb)
Fat-free milk
Mini drumsticks frozen ice cream treats (on sale $3.99)
Dreyer's no sugar added 100% fruit popsickles (on sale $2.99)
Dreyer's rocky road ice cream (on sale $2.49)
Jell-O sugar-free jell-o
Jell-O sugar-free pudding
Guacamole (on sale $1.99)
(6) Stoneyfield yogurt (on sale $0.79)
(2) Fage with fruit (on sale $0.99)
Fiber One cinnamon apple muffin mix (on sale $1.99)
Barilla mini penne (on sale $0.88)
(2) Jiffy cornbread mix
Brown sugar pop tarts ("reduced for quick sale" $1.49)
(2) Sargento sliced deli cheese (Buy 1, Get 1 Free)
(2) String cheese (Buy 1, Get 1 Free)
Tillamook block mild cheddar cheese (on sale $2.49)
Organic raisins
Seedless green grapes (on sale $1.49/lb)
1/2lb turkey breast
1/4lb ham
Babybel cheese (on sale $3.99)
(3) Organic strawberries (on sale $2.99)
Slider buns (on sale $1.99)
Organic baby carrots (on sale $1.49)
Jiffy peanut butter
Organic blueberries (on sale $2.99)
Bagel thins (on sale $2.49)

Weekly Meal Plan
Hawaiian turkey sliders - didn't actually have these last week, had breakfast for dinner
Shredded chicken tacos with chips & guacamole
Meatloaf with mashed potatoes
Turkey goulash with salad
Orange chicken over rice
Dinner with friends for birthday party

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