Save Money! $125 Budget Weekly Menu + My Shopping This Week

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$125 Budget Weekly Menu –See how I feed my family of six including 4 teens for $125 a week! 

I know I said that I would not be photographing my groceries anymore, but I had to snap a photo of this week’s shopping to show you the amount of food that I was able to purchase at Aldi (a discount grocery chain) this week  for $94.64:


Save Money - Shopping at Aldis - Jan 2014 --The Peaceful Mom

Produce, dairy and bagels


Save Money - Shopping At Aldis Jan 2014 pt. 2 - The Peaceful Mom -

Meat, canned goods and other grocery items.

I don’t love everything about Aldi, but if you are careful to purchase only the items that are made in the U.S. (be careful of garlic, fish and other items imported from China!), you can find some terrific deals. Shopping at a discount store helps me to keep our grocery budget lower, which enables us to meet our financial goals.

I spent an additional $22.00 at Publix for some specialty items that Aldi does not carry (Applegate Farms lunch meat) and sale items like Mission tortilla strips and boneless, skinless chicken breast. My total spending for the week was $116.64, which brings my total for January to $296.98.

So now for this week’s menu. *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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 Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin - The Peaceful Mom


Delicious, Moist Blueberry Muffins (with a touch of maple syrup – gluten free)

Cheese Toast, banana

Cottage Cheese, fresh blueberries

Veggie Breakfast Scramble, orange slices, sausage links

Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with cream cheese*

Cereal with milk x2


Sundried Tomato Bagel framed TPM


Bagel with Sundried Tomato* Spread, cucumber slices

Fresh Mozzarella, whole wheat crackers, bell pepper slices

Cheese Nachos, avocado, cherry tomatoes

Hummus and red pepper pitas, apple slices

Salad with Italian Chicken

Ham Sandwich, pickles, potato chips x2



Authentic Mexican Enchiladas Recipe--The Peaceful MomDINNER

Authentic Mexican Enchiladas, rice

Baked Potatoes with bacon*, steamed broccoli and cheese, salad

Pan Fried Pork Chops, steamed green beans*, mashed potatoes*

Spicy Black Beans*, rice*

Breakfast for Dinner: pancakes*, scrambled eggs

Cheeseburger Pasta* (ground beef from freezer, sauce & pasta from pantry), steamed broccoli*

Dinner Out (2 of our teens received restaurant gift certificates from work)


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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  1. Jerilyn says

    I don’t know if I really want to know… But what exactly is the concern over the Aldi products from china? The only way I can stay in our grocery budget is by shopping mostly at Aldi and I love making only one stop in this challenging season of life (little ones! And not able to drive so my husband has to cart me around on errands).

    • says

      My concern is that there is very little regulation of how food is produced or packaged in China so anything can happen. I have heard that there is more of a risk of food containing e-Coli and other harmful bacteria as a result of the lack of inspection. I really hope that Aldi does their research and ensures that their food is safe, but I am not taking any chances if I don’t have to, so I read the labels. Hope that helps Jerilyn. Just remember, be aware, not afraid. :)

  2. Mandy says

    Hi Kimberlee- We just had a Freshfields Farm open where I live. The original is somewhere in your area. It is amazing! I haven’t been into Publix but once since they opened. They only carry fresh foods….meats, fruits, vegetables. But, the prices are really great. The chicken is hormone-free/antibiotic-free. I can finally afford boneless, skinless chicken breasts again. What a blessing when a store like this comes along. I have also been doing ALOT of BOGO price-matching at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market near me for things like cheese, frozen pizza, soups, etc. I got over $25 of “free” food on my last trip.

  3. Elle says

    Have you ever considered making your own hummus? I don’t know if your family eats it as much as we do, but it’s extremely inexpensive, and you can add as much or as little tahini/olive oil or any other condiments. It’s also a fun activity if you have a food processor . . .

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