$125 Budget Weekly Menu 1/4/13

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$125 Budget Weekly Menu –After two years of $100 Budget Menus, we’ve increased the grocery budget to $125 a week for six people including three teens and one pre-teen. This week a friend graciously gave us some ham, hummus and other food that she had leftover from a party, so you will see lots of ham in the menu. :)

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*Items marked with an asterisk were purchased in previous weeks in the $125 Budget and are in the pantry, fridge or freezer. 

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Ham & Egg Cups*


Oatmeal Pancakes* (from leftover oatmeal)

Veggie Breakfast Scramble*, toast* (veggies left over from last week)

Cantaloupe Slices, Cheese Toast*

Cereal* with milk x2


Peach Mango Smoothie (we will be skipping the peaches and adding a little more banana), popcorn*

Ham Sandwich*, raw carrots and broccoli with ranch dressing* x2

Homemade Pizza Bagels*

Nachos* with avocado slices

Hummus, tortilla chips*, green pepper slices

Tuna Salad*



Beef Roast, steamed green beans*, mashed potatoes

Beef and Veggie Soup, Cheese Toast*

Baked Ham*, Sweet Potato Fries*

Frozen Pizza, salad (given to us)

BBQ Pork (from the freezer), rice*, mixed veggies*

Dinner at a friend’s house

Baked Potatoes (watch my Best Baked Potatoes video here), broccoli*, bacon*


Read what we do about snacks here.

What are you eating this week? Leave a comment or link. :)

Please Note: I post my weekly menu to encourage menu planning and to give meal ideas, not as a nutritional standard. You should feed your family based on your priorities and values. You may not be able to replicate this exact menu for $125 because sales vary by region and you will have different items on hand, but you can save money just by using a menu. :)


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    • says

      It depends on the circumstance. If it’s my husband, I am a lot more lenient because he works hard for us and never complains. If I happen to serve something that he had for lunch or he just feels like eating something lighter, he will fix a grilled cheese sandwich or eat some leftovers.

      With the children they either eat what I prepare or make a peanut butter sandwich. When they were smaller they had to eat some of everything or we wrapped up the plate and put it in the fridge for later. Eventually they became hungry enough to eat it.

      Of course, you will have to do what works for your family and determine if it is a teaching/training opportunity for the child, or if they are not feeling well and need to eat applesauce and toast for dinner. :)

      Hope that helps!

  1. Cassandra Early says

    I have a question. I never see salads on your menus. My husband and I have a nice salad everynight. I make a large one that last 2 nights and 2 lunches for me.

  2. Michele says

    That is amazing!!! I’m always trying to get my grocery spending down but have a VERY tough time doing so. $34 is amazing!!!

    Just a quick reminder though, 😉 it is 2013.

    Happy New Year to you!

  3. Victoria Roberts says

    Hi!! I found you on Pinterest and now I just am so excited to *try* and live off $125 a week. It’s just me, the hubs, and our now 1 year
    Old. How did you get started? I stare into my cabinets & frig/freezer and I kinda feel overwhelmed by wanting to put extra crap on my list. Plus we are very picky eaters so it doesn’t help at all (potatoes, corn, g.beans, maybe carrots if they are cooked right) only time we’ll really eat other veggies is if it’s cooked down into foods like soups, fajitas, etc. what tips would you give me? I’m planning on shopping Sunday and using sat as my game plan day. :) thanks for being such an inspiration to start off 2013

    • says

      Hi Victoria! I would start by making a list of all of your favorite dishes for each meal. Once you have that list to work from check the sales at your local stores and see if you can make a menu using the super sale items. For example, if boneless skinless chicken breast is on sale, make a couple of your meals using it this week and buy an extra pack to stick in the freezer for later. I have a ton of ideas for saving on groceries in my ebook Save More Clip Less. It’s $5, but I have a promo code at the bottom of this post to get it for $3.00 right now.

  4. Lisa says

    WOW! This is amazing and truly an inspiration to others. I have now sat with my family and brainstormed all the meals we eat regularly and have a lovely list of about 45 meals. So now I just need to take stock of what is in the freezer and cupboards and I hope to follow in your footsteps and bring our grocery spending habits under control for the new year. Thank you so much for sharing what you do; so that I can know it can be done.

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