Recently I wrote about my $50 a week grocery budget. I had so many questions about meal plans and meal planning. I decided to put together a dinner meal plan that is easy to make and still within budget. I came up with 5 of my family's favorite dinners for under $35 total.
These are big portion meals so most likely they will serve 4 plus some leftovers. In figuring the cost of these meals I did assume that you have a few things already bought like salt, pepper, onion powder, etc. If you don't already have these spices and seasoning it will bring up your cost.
I also figured in the whole cost for buying these products. With the baked sandwiches I said the lunchmeat would be $2.99 but you have a half a pound of lunchmeat left over. I wanted to include the full price because that is what you have to pay when you are at the store. This does give you plenty of leftover ingredients that you can use for other recipes. I will use the lunchmeat in the baked sandwiches and use the rest during the weekend for easy meals.
If you are trying to save even more money I would recommend subbing out one of the meaty meals and make a beans and rice type meal to save a little more. I did 5 meaty meals because I figured that is what most people prefer. If I spend $35 buying my 5 main meals that leaves me with around $15 for other stuff.
We usually have very simple breakfasts. My son gets fed breakfast after swim practice every morning so he doesn't eat anything beyond a breakfast bar and glass of milk in the morning. I buy a box or two of breakfast bars, a dozen eggs, and a gallon of milk. This will cost me around $6-7 at Aldi and feed us breakfast for the week.
For lunches, we eat mostly leftovers, lunchmeat sandwiches, and PB&J's. I usually pick up a loaf of bread and sometimes a small container of lunchmeat.
With our dinners, we have whatever fruits and veggies are on sale. I normally pick up baby carrots or celery, some potatoes or green beans. We have apples, bananas, and oranges in winter and more seasonal fruit in the summer. I usually spend around $7-10 on fruits and veggies.
I buy most of my foods at Aldi, so your prices may vary if you don't have an Aldi nearby. I did use the regular prices when making this, so one way to save even more money would be stocking up when things are on sale. You can see a list of what to buy when over here. Another way I save more money is by using different grocery apps. I can often clip coupons or get rebates for buying the food we normally would.
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