$125 Budget Weekly Menu {+ easy recipes!}

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$125 Budget Weekly Menu – 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.

*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!


[See my $125 Budget Grocery Shopping for 6 here.]


Tie Dye Waffles Finished 2 - The Peaceful Mom


Tie Dye Waffles

Oatmeal* with cinnamon* and raisins*

Boiled eggs, banana

Cheese Toast, applesauce*

Cereal with milk x2

Cinnamon Raisin bagel with cream cheese*


Pizza Bagel


Homemade Pizza Bagels

Salad with boiled egg slices, avocado slices*, cherry tomatoes*, shredded cheese

Very Blueberry Smoothie*, popcorn*

Turkey Sandwich, cucumbers and ranch dressing* x2

Egg salad, celery sticks*

Leftovers from Dinner



BBQ Chicken Black Bean Tostadas Recipe - The Peaceful Mom


BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas, cherry tomatoes*

Cheeseburger Pasta, steamed broccoli

Shepherd’s Pie, romaine salad

Spicy Chicken Thighs* (sprinkle chicken skin with Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour), steamed broccoli and cauliflower

Slow Cooker Mojo Pork (marinate pork roast in bottled Mojo marinade & cook for 6-7 hours), rice, steamed green beans

Homemade Pizza, romaine salad

Easy Cheese QuesadillasTropical Fruit Salad*



Read what we do about snacks here.

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

Please Note: 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. Sonia says

    Hi! I am really trying to plan meals & be more organized in this area. … but I have 2 children 3yr old & 11 month old! I am challenged even dedicating time to the planning part! I usually cant be consistent ( one morning I have only had 4 hours of sleep, the next evening I had an unexpected important call, next day, piled up laundry, etc!) I am a stay at home Mommy. Any tips on how to find the time to consistently plan & try to to fall head first into the notebook in a sleep deprived coma?! Hubby falls asleep the minute he sits on the couch each evening, so no help there! BTW, I am SOO inspired by you!

    • says

      Hi Sonia! First of all, you are in a super busy and somewhat chaotic season of life which makes it more difficult and even more important to plan. In order to get a few minutes of time to yourself you could trade babysitting with a friend once a week for a couple of hours or let your husband watch the kids for a couple of hours on his day off. Spend a little bit of time planning and the rest of the time doing something that refreshes you like walking in a park, browsing a bookstore or drinking a specialty coffee. This post may help you: http://thepeacefulmom.com/2013/01/22/how-i-survived-4-kids-aged-5-under/

      As far as meal planning, keep it super simple. No complicated gourmet dishes for this season of life – just have a plan for 3 or 4 breakfasts and lunches that you rotate and a plan for basic dinners. Making a theme for each night of the week helps – for example:
      Monday- pasta night
      Tuesday – Mexican
      Wednesday – Crockpot meal
      Thursday – Leftovers
      Friday – Pizza
      Saturday – eat out or order in (if you have the money – if not make a special meal)
      Sunday – soup and grilled cheese

      Hope that helps. Let me know if you have more questions. :)

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