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The Furlough Menu Plan Week 2

How to Create a Menu Plan - Tips for creating a menu plan

Our menus are going to become a little more frugal over the next couple of months as my husband is furloughed one day each week. We will be eating from our freezer, pantry, and garden as much as possible.We will be cutting back on our meat in take as well.

I have printable menu plans, a shopping list, and other useful printables that you can download to make organizing your meal planning and grocery shopping a little easier.

Monday – Spaghetti using my Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and brown rice pasta. Serve with a Garden Salad

Tuesday – Tacos using my Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix, Mexican Rice, and Black Beans.

Wednesday – Tomato and Herb Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Thursday – Use leftover Spaghetti Sauce to make Baked Zucchini Parmesan. Serve with a garden salad

Friday – Use leftover taco meat and black beans to make Taco Salad.

Saturday – Picnic Dinner at the River.

Sunday – Grill fish on planks, Sauteed Broccoli, Summer Squash with Herbs.

If you need help getting started making a menu plan, you can read how I create menu plans, which includes mention of various methods I have used in the past. Another tool that is available to help is ZipList. I created a video, showing how I use ZipList to save recipes, make meal plans, and create shopping lists.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Sorry to hear about the furlough. At least this is a time of year when veggies are cheap and plentiful, and if anyone can rise to the challenge of getting creative on a budget, it’s you.

  2. Your menu looks great! We’re dealing with something similar right now. If nothing else, it really helps you get creative.

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