$125 Budget Weekly Menu {+ easy recipes!} 7/18

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$125 Budget Weekly Menu –  Making a weekly meal plan keeps me sane and helps me to save money and stay on budget. I feed my family of six including four teens for around $125 a week by creating and following a detailed menu plan, shopping at a discount chain and buying sale items at other grocery stores.

See my grocery shopping for six people this week here.

*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!


 Eating Pancakes


Oatmeal* with cinnamon* and raisins*

Oatmeal Pancakes* (dry ingredients previously purchased) with blueberries

Cinnamon Raisin Toast with peanut butter and banana slices

Cheese Toast* (bread previously purchased), applesauce*

Cottage Cheese with fresh blueberries

Cereal* with milk x2

Salad & Italian Chicken


Salad with Italian Chicken and DIY Italian Salad Dressing

Homemade Pizza Bagel* (bagels, pepperoni previously purchased), sliced cucumbers

Tuna Salad* (all ingredients previously purchased), crackers*

Cheese Nachos, avocado slices

Turkey Sandwich, pickles*

PBJ*, pretzels*

Peach Mango Smoothie (peaches & mango previously purchased), popcorn*



Sloppy Lasagna Bake - The Peaceful Mom


Sloppy Lasagna Bake (noodles previously purchased), romaine salad

Cheese Burgers, Potato Chips, Tomato Cucumber Salad

Breakfast for Dinner: pancakes and bacon

Chicken Enchiladas, rice, steamed  broccoli*

Crunchy Chicken Salad (celery previously purchased), fresh cherries

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Fresh Tomato Cucumber SaladTropical Fruit Salad

Frozen Organic Pizza, romaine salad



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. :)


You can also check out my favorite meal planning service eMeals*. Plans start at just $10 a month for a 3 month subscription and include recipes and a grocery list!

Readers of The Peaceful Mom can get an exclusive 10% discount by using promo code PEACEFUL at checkout. They even have a slow cooker plan for those busy weeks!

Click here to see a sample menu.  


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  1. Jennifer Hoffman says

    Do you have a recipe for the tuna salad? Also, for cheese nachos do you just do corn tortilla chips with shredded cheese? Thanks, love folowing your menu plans!

    • says

      Hi Jennfer – I don’t measure exactly but basically we use 4-5 cans tuna for six people, about 1/4 cup of mayo (we like Duke’s because it has no sugar) and 3 tablespoons of dill pickle relish. You can use sweet pickle relish if you prefer. For the cheese nachos we place the tortilla chips on a cookie sheet, sprinkle shredded cheese on top (we like Colby Jack or Mexican Blend) and broil it for 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted. Hope that helps.

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