Midweek Ads = Menu Planning Pick Your Protein First!

Yesterday in the mail, you should have gotten your grocery ads. If you don’t in the mail, you can pick them up at the store, or look at them online.

This is a good time to look at making a menu plan for the week. Take notice what is on the front page. These are the things the store wants you to see to get you in the store, they are called “loss leaders” and stores are willing to take a loss on them for you to shop there.

PLAN your meals starting with the protein on sale on the front pages of these ads. Since the biggest part of my budget is spent on meat (protein) fruits and veggies. I try to make sure that I am getting my meat/protein as cheap as I possibly can. If I didn’t get it from Zaycon, I got it from the front page.

What are we looking at?


  • T-Bone and Top Sirloin Steak $3.99 lb.
  • Bonless Pork Loin $1.99 lb.


  • Whole Cooked Lobster $5 ( Valentines Day Special)
  • Ribeye Steaks $3.99 lb.


  • Hill Country Fair Split Chicken Breasts $1 lb.
  • Meal deal is a good deal this week

This is a little different of a week. Because we have Valentines day coming up we have steak and lobster on sale. You don’t see that very often. The steak is a great price at both Kroger and Randalls and the chicken is a good price at HEB.

Can you get 5 meals out of these items and 2 days of leftovers? I am thinking of a few things real quick…

Anyway, just giving you an idea, and my total out of pocket for all that meat would be around $45 for the week. The same cost as one meal out for our family. Then I will add inexpensive sides that most likely I couponed for, with a lettuce salad. Give it a try this week and see how you do!

I have a bunch of FREE printable sheets you can use if you need them HERE.


  1. Nancy says

    ok still amazes me how good u do with a large family and stay on budget….is it me or is this scenario crazy…this is for 2 parents and 2 childrens under 2. I grocery shop at heb at least 2 timse a month sometimes 3. and each time my bill is :$200-220 i buy fruits, fresh veggies, juices, dairy products, meat, salmon, chicken….some people say that its beucase none of my items have coupons….my groceries are healthy choices so is taht why its more expensive? please help, I NEED IT!

    • Tiffany says

      Yes, you are not going to have a lot of coupons for those items. Just try and shop the sales on your meat, dairy and produce. Freeze what you can when you find a great deal. You are doing good! Don’t stress! Just do the best job you can!

  2. Ranae says

    Hi Tiffany,

    If you don’t mind sharing, what is your monthly grocery budget? Do you include household items in that as well? Just trying to see if I am on track with our budget. Thank you.

    • Tiffany says

      I am spending around $500, and that is toiletries also. BUT, it will go up and down with sports my kids play. Also I am almost out of kids in diapers!!

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