Today, I am SO excited to share with you our cheap meal plan that cost $50 a week for a family of 5!
Although, technically we’re a family of 6. Our youngest is just over a year old and doesn’t eat THAT much table food yet.
But the rest of us do, so dinner has always been the most expensive meal for our family. Learning how to meal plan keeps our grocery bill below $100 a week for our whole family!
Feel free to use our meal plan to feed your own family! This meal plan is intended to feed two adults and up to three young kids. I bought everything you’ll see below from Walmart (but prices will vary by region and could change at any time).
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The one hack that makes this budget meal plan work
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of weekly meal planning because we save more money on food. But it’s not just planning meals that keep our grocery bill so low for our big family.
It is making Stretch Meals! Instead of cooking every day, I will make 1-2 large meals during the week that are intended to STRETCH over two days!
This one simple meal planning trick makes it easier to fill up our dinner menu on our $100 grocery budget every week.
Breakfast and Lunch
We tend to eat the same things in rotation to stay on budget. For breakfast we eat:
- Eggs, toast, and sausage
- Waffles and fresh fruit
And for lunch, my husband packs leftovers from dinner most days. I use food storage containers (like these!) to keep leftovers fresh for the next day and to pack my husband’s work lunch.
At home, the kids and I will eat:
- Chicken salad
- Turkey and cheese or PB & J sandwiches, apple slices, and chips
- Frozen Tyson chicken nuggets and apple slices
Here’s what our $50/week meal plan for dinner looks like:
Sunday & Monday: Chicken Alfredo & Garlic Bread
- Frozen boneless chicken breast (3lb) – $5.94
- Rotini Pasta – $0.82
- Garlic Bread – $2.00
- Alfredo Sauce (2 jars) – $1.50/each
- Green bell pepper – $0.58
- White onion – $0.78
- Cook 4 boneless, skinless chicken (freeze remaining chicken) which can be grilled, baked, or pan-fried and then sliced into bite-size pieces.
- Chop pepper and onion finely and slightly brown in a pan with oil.
- Cook noodles according to package directions.
- Combine all ingredients with Alfredo sauce.
Tuesday: Oven Fried Chicken with Cornbread & Baked Beans
- Frozen chicken bone-in thighs (3lb) – $4.41
- Cornbread – $0.47
- Baked Beans – $1.42
Wednesday: Italian Pork Chops with Steamed Rice & Broccoli
- Boneless pork chops – $5.95
- Brown rice – $1.00
- Frozen broccoli – $1.98
This recipe is from the $5 Meal Plan which is (if you don’t know) a HUGE inventory of weekly meal plans that arrive in your inbox every Friday to help you fill up your week with affordable and easy-to-cook meals, plus a shopping list!
My family loves many of the $5 Meal Plan recipes including the Pineapple BBQ Pork Chops, Ginger Peach Salmon, and Slow Cooker Caribbean Chicken!
I talk all about how the $5 Meal Plan is helping us save money on food and how YOU can get easy recipes that’ll save you money too here!
Thursday: Homemade Sloppy Joes with French Fries
- Frozen french fries – $1.68
- Hamburger buns (2 packs) – $0.87/each
- Green pepper – $0.58
- Yellow Onion – $0.54
- Garlic bulb – $0.60
- Ketchup – $1.00
- Ground Turkey (3lb) – $6.44
Friday: Leftovers Homemade Sloppy Joes with Corn on The Cob
- Fresh fruit (optional)
- Frozen corn on the cob – $2.24
Saturday: Chicken Quesadillas with Chips & Salsa
- Frozen chicken breast (using the remaining frozen chicken from Sunday)
- 8″ Flour tortillas – $1.58
- Tortilla chips – $0.92
- Salsa – $1.33
- Sour cream – $1.00
- Shredded Mexican cheese blend (16 oz bag) – $2.56
- Cook 3 boneless, skinless chicken which can be grilled, baked, or pan-fried and then sliced into bite-size pieces.
- Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
- Place one tortilla in the non-stick skillet, adding about ¼ cup cheddar cheese to that tortilla. Making sure it is evenly spread.
- Add about ¼ to ½ cup of chicken mixture (depending on the size of your tortilla) to one side of the tortilla.
- Fold over the other half of the tortilla.
- Cook until the bottom tortilla is browned, then flip and cook until the second side is brown and cheese is melted.
- Repeat with remaining tortillas and cheese until you have used all the filling.
- Slice and serve with salsa and sour cream!
Total Amount: $50.56
I hope this budget meal plan has shown you new ways to crush your grocery budget this week and feed your family delicious meals for less!
Some additional items you may have to buy if you don’t already have them in your pantry include all-purpose flour ($1.18), cooking oil spray ($1.53), and brown sugar ($1.00/2lb bag).
What meals do you make to stay on budget?
If you need more help with meal planning, grab this FREE weekly meal planner so you can add these meals to your dinner menu. Let me know how it helps your budget!
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