$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:
Produce, dairy and bagels
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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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
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
Ham Sandwich, pickles, potato chips x2
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)
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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