Cooking On A Budget: Food Budget Plan Under Seventy Five Dollars

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Food Budget Plan Under Seventy Five Dollars

After the first ever post I did for a weekly meal plan that included a shopping list with approximate costs, I failed to add the recipe links. Anything you see underlined will link you to my recipes right here on this blog. It is my hope that it simplifies your life.

Print the recipes out and save in a booklet. You may want to print out this actual menu plan post along with the first three I did and save this as well. Then when I have posted enough of them, you will be able to revert back to them time and time again.

Basically I look at 6 days worth of dinners and shopping all over on the 7th day. This particular menu plan is based on feeding 2 adults and 2 children.
This meal plan is different from the first one in that it provides 7 complete dinner ideas to take you from Sunday to Saturday with full meals.

The pricing is based on my local grocery store. You may spend less or more depending on where you shop and I urge you to use your coupons where applicable and take advantage of the store's discounts for the week. Feel free to adapt this basic plan to suit your family. This post is really to give you a solid base for menu planning. I have made all of the dinners listed here and have provided my cost for each dinner. ***EXCEPTION***
***This week I have a guest blog recipe. "Egg and Vegetable Muffins" by Diane of Vintage Zest***
The highlights to this budget meal plan:
  1. Diane's recipe makes a lot of the muffins, but you can adjust the amount to suit your family and play with the vegetable combinations to suit your particular budget.
  2. The pot roast and gravy are used in two meals: the actual dinner and in the beef, peppers and onion steak supper.
  3. The peppers you purchase get used in three dinners: the egg and vegetable muffins, the beef peppers and onion steak and in the beef fajitas.
  4. Boil a full box of pasta for the tuna macaroni salad and use 4 small cans of tuna (mine were 1.00 per can) to have for dinner and to pack as a lunch for during the week. Or, use 1/2 box pasta and 2 cans in the salad and have tuna fish sandwiches for lunches.
  5. If you can't get the tomato soup on sale - consider making my simple home made version.
  6. The tomatoes you purchase are used in two meals.
  7. I was lucky to get the $1.00 a bag ravioli's.
  8. What ever my costs were in this budget I actually added $1.00 more to each meal - because where I got super duper deals - you may not have.
  9. The only major cost for Thursday's dinner is the rice and the peppers as you are using up left over pot roast and the gravy.
Now onto the major components needed in the dishes:
  • 3 1/2 lb. bottom round roast
  • 1 lb. beef strips
  • kielbasa
  • frozen cheese ravioli's
  • 4 cans tuna fish
  • 1 box elbow or cellentani pasta
  • potatoes
  • celery
  • carrots
  • onions (you'll use some in 6 meals)
  • peppers (you'll use peppers in 3 meals)
  • tomatoes (you'll use in 2 meals and the salad)
  • salad makings - or bag of pre-mixed salad
  • beef broth - get one 28 oz. box or 2 cans
  • crushed tomatoes
  • tomato soup
  • BBQ sauce
  • bread
  • fajita wraps
  • cheese slices
You may have some of these ingredients on hand already. If I have left any major component out of this, please excuse me if I made an error.  This dinner plan came out to $74.09. Remember I also padded this this week. $25.91 is left for other groceries. 
I have to tell you what I spent this week in total which included 4 taxable products (paper products and dish washing soap). My total was $105.50. However, I purchased a chuck roast that was gorgeous and we'll get two meals from that. A package of 3 large bone-in chicken breasts that I'll split in half giving us 2-3 meals. Steak strips to make fajitas, a package of ground pork and ground beef (both close to a pound) for a small meatloaf and more for meatballs for spaghetti dinner. Also a boneless pork loin roast that we will get a pork roast dinner out of and a pork chop/cutlet dinner. All in all for the two of us I will get nine dinners from the proteins which means I've stretched this to nine days worth of meals. My vegetable purchases included, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, peppers based on what I already had "in stock".
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