• Coupon Mom SNAP Challenge Menus

These menus were the basis of the Coupon Mom SNAP Challenge on December 14th, 2012 featured on the Katie Couric Show.  This menu was based on the sale prices at a Stop and Shop store in Clifton, New Jersey using the Coupon Mom Stop & Shop Deals List during that particular week.  The full price of the groceries for these meals was originally $210, and the final cost was $98.80 that week using Strategic Shopping strategies, sale prices and coupons (a savings of $111)--click here to see the actual shopping list.   It is unlikely that this same menu would be the same cost during a different week. However, you would be able to create a comparable menu with slightly different items using the Coupon Mom Deals List for your store any week of the year. The Coupon Mom site provides weekly lists of deals for 60 store chains across the US, updated every week.

 The key to saving at the grocery store is to plan your menus around the sale items at the store for that particular week.  Begin with main dish items, and plan your dinners around the deeply-discounted meats, poultry or fish.  Plan for leftovers, and prepare enough of the dinner to make lunches the next day or include as an ingredient in the next day's dinner.  Compare the cost per pound of produce options.  You'll most likely find that the price per pound drops when you buy items like apples, potatoes, onions and oranges in the bag vs. by the individual piece. And the cost of lettuce and carrots will be less expensive if you wash your own lettuce and cut your own carrots.  Bananas are generally the least expensive fruit option on a per piece basis.
 

This is the shopping list used for these menus. 

Menus, family of 4            
             
Breakfast            
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
100% fruit juice 100% fruit juice 100% fruit juice 100% fruit juice 100% fruit juice 100% fruit juice 100% fruit juice
Oatmeal/ milk Cornflakes/milk Oatmeal/milk Cornflakes/milk Oatmeal/milk Cheese omelets pancakes
1 pc. wheat toast 1 pc. wheat toast 1 pc. wheat toast 1 pc. wheat toast 1 pc. wheat toast Biscuits/jelly sausage patties
Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee sausage patties Milk or coffee
          Coffee  
Lunch            
             
PBJ sandwich Pork sandwiches PBJ sandwich Cheese sandwiches Steak sandwich Split pea soup Macaroni & cheese
Tortilla chips Sweet potato chips Tortilla chips Sweet potato chips Tortilla chips green salad green salad
Carrot sticks Carrot sticks Carrot sticks Carrot sticks Carrot sticks toasted bread with cheese Wheat bread
apple apple banana apple banana Yogurt Yogurt
fruit drink fruit drink fruit drink fruit drink fruit drink  fruit drink or water
 fruit drink or water
2 cookies 2 cookies 2 cookies 2 cookies 2 cookies 2 cookies 2 cookies
             
Afternoon snack: Popcorn Popcorn Popcorn Popcorn Popcorn Popcorn
             
Dinner            
             
Baked pork chops Shrimp Scampi Roasted chicken London Broil Stir fry chicken Spaghetti with cheese Cheese stuffed potatoes
Potatoes & sour cream noodles Mashed potatoes Noodles broccoli, carrots Green salad Cauliflower
Green beans broccoli Green beans cauliflower rice peaches Green salad
Milk Milk Milk Milk Milk Milk Milk
green salad dinner roll dinner roll 2 biscuits Cake Cake Cake
dinner roll      Cake      
             
Extra snacks:  Popcorn, cookies, Cracker packages for portable snacks        


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