Cooking On A Budget: Food Budget Plan Under Seventy Dollars

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Food Budget Plan Under Seventy 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. "Sour Cream Noodle Bake" from my friend Brandi of Aunt Bee's Recipes.
The highlights to this budget meal plan:
  1. Brandi's recipe is simple and very economical making it a wonderful dish to feed your family.
  2. Purchase a bag of Russet Baking potatoes to be used on Sunday for baking, Thursday and Saturday's dinners for mashed. Keep a look out for the 2 for $5.00 deals on potatoes and pick up two bags. Our store does that quite often. But check the bags carefully. If you can only purchase one bag and generally there are 12-14 potatoes average in a bag, then buy whole canned potatoes for the roasted potatoes. They are good roasted and very inexpensive.
  3. My recipe for Roasted Chicken Thighs was originally posted with butternut squash and asparagus. Use the less expensive vegetable like summer or zucchini squash, a frozen vegetable or on sale fresh vegetable replacement of your choice.
  4. Buy a "family" package of ground beef as you will use it for the "Sour Cream Noodle Bake" and the "Creamy Beef Supper".
  5. Use any bread for the French toast - my recipe calls for Challah, but regular bread or Texas toast is just fine.
  6. You don't have to purchase Sherry for the Cube Steak dinner - just make a beef gravy if you prefer.
Now onto the major components needed in the dishes:
  • 1 family package of ground chuck - or the least expensive per pound you can find
  • 1 package of four bone-in pork chops
  • 1 package of four or more chicken thighs
  • 1 package of cube steaks
  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 1-2 bags russet potatoes - or 1 bag and 1 large can of whole potatoes
  • zucchini or summer squash - or vegetable of your choice
  • 1 large onion
  • garlic
  • dried chillies
  • 1 package egg noodles 
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • Mirin (sweetened sake)
  • Soy Sauce
  • 2 bags shredded cheese - Mexican blend can be used in both the Breakfast Tacos and Sour Cream Noodle bake
  • Orange Juice
  • butter
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • sour cream
  • cottage cheese
  • bread
  • tortillas
  • 1 package frozen baby peas
  • 1 package frozen pearl onions - since the recipe calls for 1/2 bag, maybe a small box will be enough
  • fresh marjoram (for the chicken dish)
  • sherry (optional)
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 $69.18.
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