$125 Budget Weekly Menu–After two years of $100 Budget Menus, we’ve increased the grocery budget to $125 a week for six people including three teens.
The main strategies I use to feed my family well for less are:
(1) Make a weekly menu plan based on the sale items at my local stores;
(2) Buy extras of the super sale items each week so that I am buying food at the lowest price.
I was able to get lots of meat on sale last week, so you will see several items on the menu this week that are from the freezer (marked with an asterisk).
Check back later today to see my shopping for this week.
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*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!
Veggie Scramble, grapes
Homemade Waffles with DIY Waffle Syrup
French Toast, sausage
Cheese Toast, cantaloupe
Yogurt, blueberries, Crockpot Granola
Cereal with milk
Egg and Cheese Bagel
Turkey Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese, grapes
Banana Berry Smoothie*, popcorn*
Ham Sandwich, raw carrots and broccoli with ranch dressing*
Homemade Pizza Bagels (spaghetti sauce previously purchased)
Nachos with avocado slices
PBJ (jelly previously purchased) , tortilla chips*
Hot Dogs*, raw broccoli and carrots with ranch dressing*
BBQ Chicken Tostadas, Broccoli Slaw Salad
Beef Chuck Roast*, mashed potatoes, steamed green beans*
Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry, rice
Country Style Ribs*, corn on the cob
Spicy Chicken Thighs* (sprinkle with Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour), steamed broccoli and cauliflower*
Crockpot Chili, corn chips*
Steak and Peppers, rice
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.
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Lauren Holmes says
This is a great menu! I can’t wait to cook the ribs this week. I am really glad that you moved the budget up $25 – I’ve noticed that you’ve added some great items in, so I think it’s worth the increase. 🙂 Lauren, lholmes79.wordpress.com
Wondering if Emeals ever offers a free trial period? I would like to try their service, but am very skeptical about it actually working for my large, busy family and don’t have room in the family budget for experimentation.
I don’t know of a free trial, but I will be sure and post it if I see it offered. I think they have sample plans on the site that you can check out. You can also sign up for one month for a $5 plan, which is very reasonable.
Thanks for sharing. I know you recent increased your spend to $125. I am curious if there is a new category with the new $125 meal plans in them that I am missing on the site. Under “EAT” you have your $100 meal plans, but not the new $125 ones.
Thanks Chad. I need to update that!
Eleni @ Eleni Saves U says
Thanks. I’m on this new Mexican kick, mostly because it’s loved by all in the family. Last week we had taco night with family friends and the kids thought it was the best, of course because they got to make theirs. This week, I was under the weather so I kept it simple and my hubby stepped it up with pre planning freezer meals. http://www.elenisavesu.com/2012/09/tasty-thursday-men-plan-for-week.html?m=1
We love Mexican food, as you can tell. 🙂
Crystal @ Serving Joyfully says
Thanks for sharing! Here’s mine…I’m actually recycling an old menu this week! lol http://www.servingjoyfully.com/2012/08/20/weekly-meal-plan-819/