Join my email list and get FREE ACCESS to the MSM Freebie Library, including my top printables & eBooks.

This Week’s Menu

Thank you for all the Crockpot Oatmeal tips and recipes; I can’t wait to try some of them! Now I just have to figure out where to procure steel cut oats. (Yes, believe it or not, I’ve never bought them before!)

Here’s this week’s menu plan. You’ll notice some repeats from last week since we ended up eating soup more than one night, so we didn’t make it through our list of planned dinners.

Cold Cereal
Cranberry Scones
Orange Poppyseed Cake
Cold Cereal
Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins from the freezer
Amish Baked Oatmeal

Tuna Salad Sandwiches
Egg Roll Burritos
Macaroni & Cheese
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
Vegetarian Lentil Chili
Cheese Quesadillas

The Pioneer Woman’s Beans, Pico de Gallo and The Best Cornbread Ever (I’ve been searching high and low for a fabulous cornbread recipe and I think I’ve finally found it. I’ll share it later this month!)
Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Sweet Potatoes, Cooked Veggies, Flat Apple Pie
Dinner Out
Potatoes and Turkey Sausage, Green Salad, Bread Machine Buttery Rolls
Hamburgers, Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole, Fruit Salad
Birthday Party
Dinner at In-Law’s House

Subscribe for free email updates from Money Saving Mom® and get my Guide to Freezer Cooking for free!


  • Lacey says:

    Kroger stores carry steel-cut oats…they’re pretty much in every grocery store. You’ll start noticing now that you’re looking. 🙂

  • Allison says:

    If your cornbread recipe is from PW then it is absolutly the best! My son requests it for breakfast regularly.

  • Mandy says:

    I’ve gotten my steel cut oats from Trader Joe’s, and also from Sprouts (the health food grocery store that’s out here). I’ll bet you can find them at Aldi (we don’t have one in Arizona, so I can’t be sure) or any other grocery store.

  • Aryn says:

    The steel-cut oats should be right next to the regular ones. McCann’s Irish Oats in the metal can are quite good.

  • Rita says:

    Try the bulk foods section. Steel Cut Oats can be expensive if you don’t watch the cost, I’ve seen them priced $3.50 or more per lb. If you’ve never tried them before just get a couple of cups full.

    Now I love steel cuts oats and they are the healthiest oats you can eat as they are very low on the glycemic index. I put 1/2 c water and 1/2 cup oats in my vegetable steamer for 30 minutes and they are done. Don;t forget to add brown sugar, cinnamon and/or nutmeg.

    And because I love them sooooo much and eat them regularly I purchased 50 lbs for $1/lb from These oats, when properly stored will never go bad/stale.

    • Ash says:

      @Rita, I’ve found mine at my local Costco for $5 per 5lbs bag over the last few months.

      But Rita is right. If you’re not sure they’re your thing, only grab a couple cups from the bulk bins at a local grocer.

      • Rita says:

        @Ash, I wish my Costco here in VA carried the steel cut oats but they don’t. It’s so interesting that many items at Costco are regional.

  • Jeni says:

    Steel cut oats are also called oat groats and can be purchased at bulk foods stores.

  • Erika says:

    You’ve gotten other things in the past from an Amish bulk food store–I would guess you could get steel cut oats there for next to nothing! My “local” bulk store sells steel-cut for .69/lb and rolled oats for .57/lb–and I find that steel-cut oats go about twice as far!!

  • Sarah says:

    I get mine at WinCo in bulk for $.60/lb. They are Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats. A VERY good price. I cant’ find them less than $4/lb anywhere else!

  • Hannah says:

    Our Kroger (Fred Meyer) has them in bulk and they are actually bob’s red mill. Not sure the price. Costco also has a 4.5lb of the same thing for less than $5.

  • margaret says:

    I order mine from bulk they have good deals and free shipping if your order is enough, I get 50 pounds at a time and split them with a friend. I also order dried fruit and spices from them always good…

  • Dawn says:

    My MIL stocked up at Aldi’s on steel cut oats. We’re talking 30 containers! She keeps in the extra fridge they have in thier basement. Our nearest Aldi’s carries them sometimes, but its hit or miss (like my favorite roasted red pepper hummus they carry).

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi, did you ever post the Cinnamon Scones recipe because every time I saw the photo of them it made me want to run to the kitchen and bake some?! Thanks!

  • Lori F. says:

    Amazon is also running a great deal on McCann’s Steel Cut Oats through the month of January. It’s pricey, even on sale, but really good. I think the oat groats are toasted and they have more flavor. I use them half-and half with the organic steel cut oats I buy from a natural foods distributor in my area. I pay for them because they are good wholesome food and worth it for the great taste.

  • Busy Mama says:

    Also available in bulk from Whole Foods

  • CH says:

    Glenn’s Bulk Foods has a very decent price on steel cut oats…yum!

  • Julie says:

    I buy steel cut oats on Amazon (case of 6 containers), b/c I can get the McCann’s 5 min. kind for a reasonable price compared to buying them in the grocery – same price, no tax, as we must pay on groc. in TN . I often watch for groc. sales on there. If you are doing them in a crock pot, you may not be concerned w/ the 5 min. kind. They are fabulous either way – taste same, same fiber content.

  • Susie Bakonis says:

    I think Charlene from just put up a post about steel cut oatmeal being on sale on Amazon. I usually get mine from a natural foods store like Sprouts or Henry’s for about .99cents/lb.

  • Susie Bakonis says:

    Oh, and I didn’t get a chance to read the other comments, but I’m guessing you may have already been referred to the website for the oatmeal in a crockpot recipe. Lots of wonderful baby/toddler recipes there.

  • Teri Capshaw says:

    I found Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats for a good price at a local store. That particular item hasn’t been a good price on Amazon, but sometimes specific items are available at a store for really good prices (while other Bob’s Red Mill items from the same store will be at outrageous prices).

  • Laura Walker says:

    How do you manage to eat out 2x a week for such little price.
    I remember you had said a long time ago you budget $20 per week.
    I’ve been thinking about taking food for my 3 year old because their meals at restaurants are way to expensive. Is this a good idea.? I try to order water every time I go out and eat. My husband is the one who can’t let go of that one habit. And since I’m so small, I often try to pick small meals. Recently we went out to Mimi’s cafe, and we had the biggest surprise. My husband ordered a Ceasar salad, and it was $12.99, and he left half of it on the plate. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, because eating out is the most we spend on.

    • Crystal says:

      I just realized that I had eight dinners on this menu and accidentally had Dinner Out twice on there — oops! It should have only been once, since we usually only have dinner out once a week.

      Our favorite is the Jason’s Deli Kid’s Eat Free Nights (Tuesdays in our area). We can easily eat out for less than $20 on those nights — and even get drinks, too! However, if we don’t go to a place with Kid’s Eat Free, we sometimes spend more around $30 on eating out now that we have three children.

      I’d suggest looking for Kid’s Eat Free nights in your area, as well as looking for restaurant Buy One Entree, Get One Free coupons — those are great ways to help stretch the budget.

      • flutemom says:

        @Crystal, do it now while your kids are little. trying to take 2 adults and 3-5 ‘kids’ who are too old for the kid specials makes for a very expensive night out….. our budget for eating out is $10/month (and that includes if we get pizza out) so you can see we don’t go out much at all!

  • Emily says:

    Absolutely loving the weekly menus! Thanks for focusing on them again. =)

  • Gina says:

    I’ve gotten great deals on steel cut oats at Amazon as well. Use your Swagbucks!

  • Maegan says:

    What is the difference between steel cut oats and regular oats. I have figured out from the comment that the steel cut are healthier but what is the taste difference? Thanks!

  • Kris says:

    Aldi carries steel-cut oats as a special purchase about 3-4 times a year. I stock up then.

  • Maegan says:

    What is the taste difference between steel cut and regular oats? Just wondering.

  • Rachael says:

    It’s really helpful to see your meal plans in conjunction with the deals you found. It shows how you used your products, such as the egg roll wrappers.

  • Amy f:) says:

    Wow! sounds good- we’re all comign over at meal time;)

  • I know that Bob’s Red Mill is on sale at Amazon this month, and they sell really nice steel cut oats. This would probably be one of the better prices for them, unless that Amish bulk store that you’ve shopped at before carries them, and then I bet you could get a 5 or 10 lb bag cheaper. You don’t have Azure Standard in your area yet, right? That’s where I get mine.

  • Michelle Kenworthy says:

    you can buy them at walmart….but they are way cheaper bought in bulk at the health food store. We jsut got them for $1 a pound at Sprouts

  • Marie says:

    I’m dying to know your corn bread recipe!! I’ve been looking for a long time. How long will we have to wait for this recipe? Thanks for your site. I find it inspiring.

  • Christine Walker says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting the vegetarian lentil chili recipe!!! My husband just started the Daniel Fast on Monday and I have been looking for a hearty vegan-ish recipe for to use for him ever since! THANKS AGAIN!!!

  • Maggie says:

    I LOVE using steel cut oats. For the crockpot, I use one cup steel cut oats, three cups of 2% milk, brown sugar and two diced apples and a few slices of real butter. It turns out perfectly every time and our house smells delicious.

  • Vicki says:

    I have seen steel cut oats at Aldi in MI before. I did not buy any so I do not know the price, but I did note it because my mom is eating it to lower her cholesterol . (which has helped her!!) I hope they have some when I shop tomorrow because I want to try the crock pot oatmeal. My family loves the baked oatmeal that I make, but making oatmeal in the crock pot will let me sleep in longer. 🙂

  • Naomi says:

    My grocery store has a huge health food store inside and they carry Quaker oats Steel Cut Oats. My doctor recommended it to my hubby and me since the steel cut oats are healthier. They cook like regular Quaker Oats Oatmeal

Money Saving Mom® Comment Policy

We love comments from readers, so chime in with your thoughts below! We do our best to keep this blog upbeat and encouraging, so please keep your comments cordial and kind. Read more information on our comment policy.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *