Wow! October already! I feel like I am shocked every month that it’s already the next month, seeing how fast time goes, and how big my baby is getting. I am excited for October. I have a friend coming to town who I haven’t seen in over a year, and this months menu has
9 new fall recipes, with a fun, quick and easy dinner for Halloween night before trick-or-treating!
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A lot of you have been asking exactly how I plan my menus, and how I do the grocery shopping. To make things easier, this month, on top of the printable recipes, I have included weekly grocery lists with the menu. Each weeks grocery list shows exactly what you’ll need for each week, and has notes with instructions on making extras of things to use later on in the week or month.
As we enter the winter months, the cost of fresh fruits, vegetables and meat rises, which is a bummer. But, October’s menu still comes in under $200 for the month! Again, like in September, I shopped around to make sure that I got the best deals on things. And if you keep track of the sales at your local grocery stores like I do, you’ll be able to save even more money. And don’t forget to use those coupons and your store card. The more you spend at a certain store, the more you’ll save. We get at least 3-4 free items a month from King Soopers (Kroger), and usually only spend around $100 at the store (including breakfast and lunch for us). We usually eat October’s menu in September so that I can plan it for you!
Click on the image for a printable version of the recipe and click on the text link below for step by step directions to make the recipe with pictures. Click the menu or any of the grocery lists for a printable version of the menu and weekly grocery lists.
Week One – October 1 – 7
Buffalo Chicken Strips
Oven Baked French Fries
Chicken Fajita Bowls with Brown Rice
This Spaghetti Sauce will make you famous! Easy Kid-Friendly Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce
Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken
Breakfast For Dinner!
Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole
I priced out this weeks menu at 3 different stores; Walmart, King Soopers (Kroger) and Sprouts. The frozen veggies were $1 each at King Soopers, and I got my chicken breast for $1.88/lb at Sprouts. Again, at King Soopers, I got some other great deals, including my whole chicken at $0.99/lb and $1.49 each for 8 oz Kraft shredded cheese. I got my canned and dry goods at Walmart, and all of my fresh veggies at Sprouts. By shopping around like this I can save more money every week. It just takes a little bit of time to figure out where the best deals are every week.
Week Two – October 8 – 14
English Muffin Pizzas
Tortilla Chip Crusted Chicken Fingers
Crock Pot Pot Roast – New!
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Roast Beef Sandwich with Leftover Pot Roast from Sunday – New!
Week Three – October 15 – 21
Chicken Cutlets – New!
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Sandwich
Sweet Potato Fries
Tater Tot Casserole
BBQ Chicken Pizza with leftover chicken from BBQ Chicken Sandwich on Friday – New!
Macaroni and Cheese
Herb Roasted Chicken Breast – New!
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Week Four – October 22-31
Vegan Chili – New!
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – New!
Cabbage Rolls – New!
Chicken Parmesan and Pasta – New!
Refried Beans – New!
Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs and Rice
Egg Fried Rice – with leftover rice from Wednesday
Hot Dog Spiders and Baked Beans – New!
Still have questions about meal planning, and just how exactly I plan my menus? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I have tried my best to answer your questions here:
October’s menu is a lot of fun and includes a ton of delicious new recipes! Get more inspiration, and check out some of my menu plans from the rest of the year.
August 2015 – $152
July 2015 – $155