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Our budget buster

March 14th, 2012 at 02:21 pm

We have been spending a lot of money going out to eat and buying groceries. The groceries are a necessity of course, but the eating out frequently is totally unacceptable. I decided to make a dinner menu plan to last until the end of this month. Starting April, I'm going to try to go grocery shopping once a month. Last night, I made one batch of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, which yields 24 cupcake size muffins and 5 bigger ones. I also made 16 butterhorn dinner rolls. Usually, the recipe yields 32 rolls, but I only made half of it because without a bread machine the dough is hard to handle. Today, I made a meatless meal and it was super yummy. Here is a picture: The cost of this whole meal for a family of four it's about $5 (the avocado being the most expensive).



Frozen butterhorn dinner rolls (8 per bag)



pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (a family favorite)

4 Responses to “Our budget buster”

  1. momcents Says:


    Yum! Can you share your pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe? My family is enthralled by anything that can be made in a muffin tin (their favorite way to eat meatloaf! some add mashed potatoe frosting. Looking forward to following your once a month shopping adventure.

  2. NJDebbie Says:

    Absolutely, Laura! I will mail you a copy of the recipe; super easy to make and extra yummy.

  3. momcents Says:


    Thanks so much! They look so YUMMY!

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Great job! Menu planning is a lifesaver for us. We still spend more than I want us to, but I can't imagine how much worse it would be if we didn't plan.

    Oh, and everything looks SCRUMPtious!

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