Cooking On A Budget: Weekly Food Budget Plan Under Sixty-Seven Dollars

Friday, June 6, 2014

Weekly Food Budget Plan Under Sixty-Seven 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 two I did and save that 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.
The highlights to this budget meal plan:
  1. Get as many items on sale as possible to make this budget work. I got my ravioli's for $1.00 per bag.
  2. If family packs of chicken or cube steak yield more for less and you can pop the extra in the freezer for just one week, then by all means go for it. I don't like freezing meat for long.
  3. You can use any kind of chicken for the Spring Chicken and Herb dish - thighs are generally the least expensive but are packed with flavor.
  4. If you make extra (more than what four people can consume in one night on two of the dinners), then consider one night a left-over night and bump one of the meals.
Now onto the major components needed in the dishes:
  • Pork chops
  • Cube steaks
  • Chicken - breasts, thighs, whatever you choose.
  • Cod fillet or cod loin (I used the loin, but fillets are less expensive and can be substituted for this dish.)
  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 1 - 5 lb. bag potatoes (for home made fries and baked potato and mashed)
  • 2 large onions
  • Zucchini
  • 2 bags of salad mix
  • 1 bag cole slaw
  • 1 bag carrots
  • celery - review recipes and just buy single stalks
  • 1 large lemon
  • fresh herbs: rosemary and parsley
  • large jar roasted red peppers
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 container of chicken broth (for the rice and Herb Chicken)
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 package tortillas
  • 1 box rice
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 1 bag Mexican cheese blend
  • flour
  • assorted spices
The total for making all of these dinners came out to: $66.73. That leaves $33.27 for other products such as cereal, extra bread, taxable grocery items. I know that number is still tight for those who are trying to shop with only $100.00 per week. All I can say is use this menu plan as a gauge and hopefully if you swap out one of the dinner choices here with something else, or if you happen to have left-overs make one night using up the left-overs, you still can feed your family well.

I've tried to be as accurate as possible, but if I left out a major component, please forgive me!

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