$125 Budget Menu {+ easy recipes}

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

This week’s sale items included pork shoulder, bone-in chicken breasts, canned white Albacore tuna, extra virgin olive oil, Classico pasta sauce (our favorite) and Hunt’s diced tomatoes. We spent $145.77 this week because I stocked up on some of these staples, so we are over my weekly goal of $125. Our March monthly total is $277.17.

*Items marked with an asterisk were purchased in previous weeks in the $125 Budget and are in the pantry, fridge or freezer. Click purple links to go to recipes!

Delish, Moist Blueberry Muffins*


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

Organic Yogurt with Crockpot Granola* and fresh strawberries

Oatmeal* with cinnamon* and raisins*

Cereal with milk x2

Blueberry bagel with cream cheese x2

Pizza Bagel


Homemade Pizza Bagels

Cheese Nachos, cherry tomatoes, avocado slices

PBJ, apple slices with cinnamon x2

Hummus, tortilla chips, green pepper slices

Tuna salad, celery sticks

Ham Sandwich, potato chips

BBQ Chicken & Black Bean Tostadas--The Peaceful Mom


BBQ Pork Sliders, Cabbage Coleslaw

BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas (made with leftover pork), cherry tomatoes, avocado slices

Easy Potato Soup, cheesy biscuits

Breakfast for Dinner: Bacon (from Zaycon Foods) and scrambled eggs

BBQ Chicken, roasted asparagus


Dinner with friends

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. Jennifer Hoffman says

    I checked out your gluten free menu and it looks like you just sub in gluten free products so your daughter can stay on the same menu? Does this stay in budget? I may have to go gluten free and am very nervous about it!

    • says

      Hi Jennifer – Yes, for the most part we sub out gf products like bread and pasta. Because she is the only one eating gluten free we can buy one loaf of gf bread, for example, which is more expensive than regular bread, but lasts longer with only one person eating it. If we are over budget on groceries for the week she might have her burger without a bun or eat leftovers instead of gf pasta for a meal. The main way that we stay on budget is by eating naturally gluten free foods like meat, fruit and veggies and basing our menus on what is on sale. You can get my ebook Affordable Gluten Free Dinners for free when you sign up for my weekly Gluten Free eNotes here: http://thepeacefulmom.com/subscribe-by-email/. Let me know if you have other questions. :)

  2. Jennifer Hoffman says

    Thanks so much! I will be the only one eating gf as well so subbing out should work. Was wondering if reducing gluten gradually will cause me to notices change, or if cutting it completely is the only way to go? I dont have celiac, this is more of an experimental thing to see if it will reduce my symptoms.

  3. Sarah says

    Hi! I have recently become a mom of 4 with children ages 6 mos- 11 years. We are a 1-income family, being my own and my husband is at home with the kiddos! We have never been extravagant spenders, but I have realized that we do need to be on a budget now with more and more expenses, both planned and unexpected! Your site has given me some great tips on how to get started and just ways to think differently as well as plan ahead! I appreciate all the advice and try read up on your ideas whenever I have a few free minutes. Thanks again!

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