$125 Budget Weekly Menu –See how I feed my family of six including 3 teens and a twelve year old for $125 a week! Check back later today to see my shopping for this week.
*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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Oatmeal Pancakes (from leftover oatmeal)
Homemade Freezer Waffles with DIY Waffle Syrup
Cheese Toast, fresh cantaloupe slices
Cinnamon Raisin Toast* with peanut butter* and banana slices
Cereal with milk x2
Bagel with Sundried Tomato* Spread, cucumber slices
Turkey Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese, raw veggies with ranch dressing
Turkey, Bacon*and Swiss Sandwich, pretzels
Ham Sandwich, orange slices
Leftovers from Dinner
Mango Salsa Chicken, rice, steamed broccoli
London Broil, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and cauliflower
Greek Pasta Salad, garlic toast triangles
Steak and Peppers with Delicious Steak Marinade, rice*, steamed green beans*, Broccoli Salad with Cranberries and Pecans
Taco Bowls (Beantastic Taco Meat, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, sour cream and salsa served on corn chips), Tomato Cucumber Salad
Garlic Shrimp Radiatore, Romaine salad
Take Out Pizza (we can get pizzas for $5 each)
Read what we do about snacks here.
What are you eating this week? Leave a comment or link. 🙂
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Jamie @ Prepared to Eat says
When you serve nachos for lunch, what do you do with them? Just put cheese over them and that’s it, or something more? I think my kids would like that, and I am always looking for another frugal lunch idea.
Hi Jaime! When we have nachos, I place the nachos in a single layer on a cookie sheet, sprinkle them with shredded cheddar or Monterrey Jack/cheddar cheese and broil them in the oven for a minute or two just until the cheese starts to brown on the edges. If we have leftover chicken or taco meat I will add it, but we primarily eat them plain and serve them with salsa and avocado slices which helps everyone to feel full because the avocado has natural fats. I also sometimes add some raw veggies with ranch dressing or some baked apples. We have it almost every week and the kids have never complained. 🙂
So with teenagers I’m assuming your house is full of teens pretty frequently like ours is. What do you do about feeding your kids’ friends? Do you ever have snacks for them? Honestly, that’s where part of our grocery budget goes, especially in the summer.
We usually plan something relatively cheap,like homemade pizza, if they are staying for dinner. Otherwise we have a few cheaper snacks like air-popped popcorn, pretzels and apple slices. We also keep brownie mix on hand.
If you want to be the house where everyone hangs out, you can just plan a certain amount in your budget each week to purchase snack items. The best plan is to puchase them on sale, and if you buy a few sale items each week, you can create a little stockpile in preparation for all of those hungry people! Hope that helps. 🙂
Crystal @ Serving Joyfully says
Thanks for sharing! Here is our simple, frugal meal plan for the week, along with some thoughts on weight loss: http://www.servingjoyfully.com/2013/06/30/our-meal-plan-71/