Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up and Save” (5.25.18)

Have you ever noticed that grocery stores have sale trends? They really do. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas you can always stock up on baking supplies. At Easter you will see great deals on ham and turkey. And then at Valentine’s day you can stock up on candy…just kidding on the candy. Don’t stock up on candy. But seriously, around holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July you can always get great deals on meat. It’s a wonderful time to stock up and save. Grab a few extra items and stick them in your freezer. You’ll be glad you did.


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Tips for Using Our Plan:

Pick and Choose: Just by having a simple plan in place before the week begins, you’ll be saving money and time. Pick and choose what meals work best for your family from our list and include in your own plan.

Double and Freeze: Every week you’ll see “FF (meaning freezer-friendly) next to several recipes in the menu. Simply double and freeze one batch for another dinner later. Read Freezer Cooking 101 to learn more.

Plan Around the Sales at Hy-Vee: Our menu plans are sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) and are focused around their sale items to help our local readers save money. You’ll find a grocery list of sale items that are included in the recipes under each day.

Stock Up and Save: Scroll to the bottom to discover our pick’s for “Hy-Vee’s Top 5 Real Food Deals” of the week. Stock up, store, and then use these later using our suggestions.

  • Cantaloupe

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/27/18):

  • 77¢ per pound Vidalia Onions lb.
  • 88¢ Red or Green Peppers each
  • $1.28 per pound Roma Tomatoes lb.
  • $1.99 Jumbo Kandy Cantaloupe each

homemade balsamic salad dressing

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/27/18):

  • $1.88 per pound Ground Beef 80% lean, 20% fat, limit 2, 1 lb. roll
  • 77¢ per pound Vidalia Onions lb.
  • 3 for $5 Ragu Pasta Sauce select varieties, 16 to 24 oz.
  • $2.88 Sargento Natural Shredded Cheese select varieties, 5 to 8 oz.
  • 10 for $7 Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $1.00 Italian Bread bakery fresh, 16 oz.
  • $2.99 per pound Green Seedless Grapes from California, lb.

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  • Bananas

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/27/18):

  • $6.99 Organic Horizon Milk select varieties, gallon, earn 5¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $5.99 Crisco Organic Coconut Oil select varieties, 27 fl. oz.
  • 79¢ per pound Organic Dole Bananas lb.

  • Strawberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/27/18):

  • $4.99 per pound Just Bare Boneless Chicken Breasts or Tenders 14 oz.
  • 88¢ Red or Green Peppers each
  • 2 for $5 Monterey Sliced White Mushrooms 8 oz. pkg.
  • 88¢ Fresh Lemons or Limes each
  • $2.88 Sargento Natural Shredded Cheese select varieties, 5 to 8 oz.
  • $1.00 Italian Bread bakery fresh, 16 oz
  • $2.99 Hy-Vee Butter select varieties, 1 lb.
  • $4.99 Organic Driscoll’s Blueberries or Strawberries 6 or 16 oz.

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  • Blueberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/27/18):

  • $2.88 Sargento Natural Shredded Cheese select varieties, 5 to 8 oz.
  • 10 for $7 Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $2.99 Hy-Vee Butter select varieties, 1 lb.
  • $6.99 Organic Horizon Milk select varieties, gallon earn 5¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 4 for $1 Fresh Sweet Corn each
  • $4.99 Driscoll’s Blueberries, Blackberries or Raspberries, 12 oz. pkg.

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  • Steamed Broccoli 
  • Watermelon

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/27/18):

  • 77¢ per pound Vidalia Onions lb.
  • $1.28 Dole Celery each
  • 49¢ Hunt’s Tomato Sauce select varieties, everyday low price, 8 oz.
  • $1.28 Grimmway Farms Whole Carrots 2 lb. pkg.
  • $2.48 Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes 5 lb. bag
  • 2 for $5 Green Giant Vegetables select varieties, 10 or 12 oz.earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $2.68 Whole Seedless Watermelon limit 1 total w/coupon, LU 16780, each



Shopping for “real food” in bulk and utilizing the freezer or pantry for storage is another super smart way to save money and eat healthier! Simply fill your cart with these Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals from Hy-Vee while the price is hot, then store and use later. We’ve even given you ideas of how to store and use each of them.

1. Ground Beef 80% lean, 20% fat, limit 2, 1 lb. roll (sale ends 5/29/18)

2. Bone-In Pork Shoulder Roast Hormel Always Tender, lb. (sale ends 5/27/2018)

3. Italian Bread bakery fresh, 16 oz. (sale ends 5/27/2018)

4. Fresh Sweet Corn each (5/27/18)

5. Hy-Vee Quality Deli Sliced Ham select varieties, lb. (sale ends 5/27/2018)

Online Shopping feature! Save time and hassle by ordering your groceries online from any Hy-Vee of Columbia. If you spend $100, delivery is FREE!! (What!?) If not, it’s only $4.95 for delivery or $2.95 to pick up! (What!?) Listen to Polly explain how she uses it to save time and money…


For a step-by-step tutorial, read Polly’s post about using Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online. It’s so easy!

Take a 60 second peek inside our cookbook, From Freezer to Table.

Here’s an easy way to get started on saving money and eating healthier–download our free printable menu planner!

We hope you enjoy this week’s menu plan!

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