How to Spend Less than $50 on your Groceries this week!

groceries

Here is a menu of how to use weekly sales to feed your family of 4 for under $50!

 

(We used Tops, Save-A-Lot, & Aldi for sales, beginning 3/29)

 

Breakfasts

Waffles & Sausage ($1.29 Waffles @ Aldi, $1.00 Sausage @ Tops)

Eggs, Sausage, & Toast (Eggs, $1.00 Banquet Sausage @ Tops, $1.29 Tops Brand Bread @ Tops)

Bagels & Cream Cheese ($0.89 Cream Cheese @ Aldi, $1.69 Bagel @ Aldi)

Egg & Cheese Omelets ($1.19 Eggs @ Aldi, cheese sale listed under snacks)

-Mix & Match from above for remaining days

 

Lunches

PB&J Sandwiches & Fruit (PB listed below, bread listed above, $1.69 Spreadable Fruit @ Aldi)

Grilled Chicken Salads (Leftover grilled chicken from dinners, $1.29 salad mix @ Save-A-Lot)

Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches  (Bread sale @ Tops, Ham leftover from dinners, Cheese sale listed in snacks)

Tuna Fish Sandwiches & Fruit ($1.39/2 Tuna @ Tops, Bread sale listed above, Fruit Sales listed under snacks)

Leftovers – Chicken, Potato, Vege Casserole or Ham & Potatoes

 

 

Dinners

Pork Chops, Stuffing, Steamed Vegetables (2 x $1.99/lb Pork Chops @ Save-A-Lot, $0.50 Birds Eye Frozen Veges  ($1.00 Birds Eye Veges & use $1/2 Birds Eye Steamfresh Varieties from SS 2/22 @ Tops) $0.99 Stuffing @ Aldi)

Ham, Potatoes, Steamed Veges (5 x $0.99 lb Ham @ Aldi, $2.79 Idaho Potatoes @ Save-A-Lot, $0.50 Veges, listed above)

Grilled Chicken, Pasta Salad, Steamed Vegetables (2 x $1.79 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts @ Save-A-Lot, $0.99 Suddenly Salad Pasta Salad @ Save-A-Lot, Vegetable sale listed above)

Ham & Scalloped Potatoes, Steamed Veges (Ham, Potato, & Vege sales listed above)

Baked Ziti, Salad, Rolls ($0.99 Ziti @ Aldi, $0.99 Sauce @ Aldi, $1.29 Salad Mix @ Tops, Dressing sale listed above, $.99 Grissom’s Brown & Serve Rolls @ Save-A-Lot)

Roasted Chicken, Potatoes, & Veges Casserole (2 x $1.79 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken @ Save-A-Lot, Potato Sale listed above, $0.89 bag onions @ Aldi)

Leftovers

 

 

Snacks

Pineapple ($1.49 Save-A-Lot)

Celery w/Peanut Butter ($0.69 Celery @ Aldi, $1.79 Peanut Butter @ Save-A-Lot)

Cheese & Crackers ($2.00 Kraft Cheese @ Tops ($2.50 each & use $1.00/2 – Kraft Natural Cheese: Shreds, Slices or Blocks from SS 3/29 coupon) & $1.50 Town House Crackers @ Tops (use $1/2 Town House or Club Crackers 3/29 insert)

Bananas ($0.49 @ Tops) x 3

 

**Many items you may already have stocked in your pantry. If not, here are some weekly sales to help you keep your grocery budget down.

 

 

Weekly Total (including meat): $49.67 for a family of 4.

 

Note: Costs may vary depending on weight of fruits and meats.

How to Feed Your Family of 4 for under $50!

groceries

Here is a sample menu of how to use weekly sales to feed your family of 4 for under $50!

 

(We used Tops, Walmart, & Aldi for sales)

 

Breakfasts

Yogurt & Fruit

Eggs & Toast

Waffles & Sausage

Egg & Sausage Omelets

Cereal 

 

Lunches

PB&J Sandwiches, Yogurt

Chicken Soup

Sausage/Potatoes Leftovers

Grilled Chicken Salads

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

 

Dinners

Roasted Chicken, Potatoes, Carrots

Hamburgers, Potato Salad, 

Chicken Noodle Soup, Salad, & Bread

Ham & Scalloped Potatoes, Steamed Veges, Salad

Sausage, Fried Potatoes & Onions, & Roasted Cabbage

Tacos, Corn, Corn Bread/Muffins

Leftover Soup or Ham & Scalloped Potatoes

 

Snacks

Yogurt

Nectarines

Rice Cakes

Tortilla Chips & Salsa

Carrot Sticks 

 

**Many items you may already have stocked in your pantry. If not, here are some weekly sales to help you keep your grocery budget down.

 

Weekly Sales:

-Yogurt (Aldi, Fit & Active – $0.39) x 8

-Eggs (Aldi, $1.19 dozen or Tops, B1G1 free)

-Waffles (Aldi, Fit & Active Whole Grain Waffles, $1.29)

-Rice Cakes (Aldi, Fit & Active Rice Cakes, $1.29)

-Bread, (Aldi, $0.99) (or make your own with what you already have!)

-Potatoes (Aldi, Red Potato 5 lb $1.49, 20 lb bag) x 2

-Carrots (Aldi, $.59 per pack) x 2 (soup, snacks, roasted chicken) 

-Onions (Aldi, $0.99 per pack)

-Tortilla Chips (Aldi, Simply Nature, $1.69)

-Salsa (Aldi, Simply Nature, $1.89)

-Corn (Aldi, Frozen, $0.99)

-Grilled Chicken (Aldi, $1.89 lb) x 2 (salads and sandwiches)

-Corn Bread (Aldi, Corn Bread/Muffin Mix $0.69)

-Ground Beef, (Aldi, 80% Lean $3.99 lb) x 2 (Burgers & Tacos)

-Taco Shells (Aldi, $0.99)

-Salad (Aldi, $0.79 Little Salad Bar Garden Bag Salad) x 2 

-Rolls, $1.49

-Sausage (Tops, Banquet Brown & Serve $1 each – $10/10)

-Chicken (Tops, Whole Roasted Chicken $0.99 lb) x 6 lb (Soup & Roasted Chicken)

-Sausage (Tops, Buy 2 Get 3 Free Kielbasa Sausage)

-Cabbage (Tops, $0.39 lb)

-Nectarines (Tops, $0.99 lb) 

-Cereal (Tops, Special K Cereal $2.99 & use $0.70/1 Special K Cereal (doubles) 

-Ham (Walmart $1.58 lb Bone in Ham) x 5

 

 

Weekly Total (including meat): $48.37 for a family of 4.

 

Note: Costs may vary depending on weight of fruits and meats.

How to feed your family of 4 for under $50 this week!

groceries 

Here is a sample menu of how to use weekly sales to feed your family of 4 for under $50!

 

(We used Tops, Save a Lot, & Aldi for sales)  

 

Breakfasts

Cereal

Eggs & Toast

Waffles & Sausage

Egg & Cheese Omelet

 

Lunches

Tuna Sandwiches 

Chicken Wraps

PB&J Sandwiches

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Leftover Spaghetti

 

Dinners

Spaghetti w/Garlic Bread & Salad

Chicken Salads

Tuna Casserole & Steamed Veges

BBQ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, & Steamed Veges

Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potato, Steamed Veges, & Garlic Bread

Chuck Roast, Potatoes, Carrots

Leftovers

 

Snacks

Pretzels

Bananas & Grapes

Vege Sticks & Dressing

 

 

**Many items you may already have stocked in your pantry.  If not, here are some weekly sales to help you keep your grocery budget down.

 

Weekly Sales:

-Cereal (Save a Lot $1.99 General Mills Cereal + Use printable coupon $.50/1 General Mills Cereal = $1.50)

-Eggs (Aldi, $1.19 dozen)

-Waffles (Aldi, $0.99)

-Sausage (Aldi, $1.09)

-Cheese (Omelets) (Tops, $2.00 Heluva Good Cheese)

-Bread, (Aldi, $0.99) (or make your own with what you already have!)

-Tuna (Sandwiches & Casserole) (Tops, B1G1 Free (less than $1 each) x 2

-Spaghetti Sauce (Tops, Ragu $0.60 each + use $.75/2 (doubles) Ragu sauce RP 2/15) x 2 (or make your own from your pantry)

-Loaf Italian Bread ($0.99 Aldi – use the day old bread for the best crusty garlic bread! ) x 2

-Lettuce (salads, wraps) (Aldi, $0.99) x 2

-Dressing (salads & Veges & dressing) (Tops, B1G1 free Kraft dressing + $1/2 Kraft Printable)

-Chicken Leg Quarters (Chicken BBQ, Chicken Wraps, Chicken Salad Sandwiches) (Save a Lot, $0.59 lb) x 6

-Potatoes (Save a Lot $2.99, 20 lb bag)

-Cabbage (Save a Lot, $0.39 lb)

-Steamed Veges (Tops, $1 each (10/$10)) x 3

-Corned Beef Roast (Aldi $1.99 lb) x 4

-Chuck Roast (Save a Lot, $3.99 lb) x 3

-Pretzels (Save a Lot, $0.99)

-Bananas ($0.49 lb – plus don’t forget Checkout51 rebate) 

-Grapes (Aldi, $1.19 lb red grapes) 

-Veges (Tops, red or green peppers $1.88 lb or B1G1 Free Celery, or Save a Lot, carrots $0.75 lb)

 

 

Weekly Total (including meat): $48.95 for a family of 4.  

 

Note: Costs may vary depending on weight of fruits and meats.  

 

 

This weeks meal plan 6/9

Here is this weeks meal plan, keeping it under $55. This is what I plan to make this week.

Breakfast

Cheese omlets

Toast and jelly

Cereal

Sausage and egg breakfast sandwich

Cinnamon rolls (recipe to follow)

 

Lunch

cheese tortillas

turkey sandwiches

pizza (I have a freezer full of them from the target sale a couple weeks ago)

chicken nuggets

chicken quesadillas

 

Dinner

Hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill

kabobs on the grill

tacos

chicken salad

roast in the slow cooker

chicken cresent ring

 

Snacks

banana bread

apples

fruit snacks

popsicles

 

 

Here is what I bought

Bread x 2 $1.78

hotdogs $1.79

hotdog buns $0.89

bell peppers $2.89

lettuce $2.89

mayonnaise $2.59

turkey $4.89

Cereal $1.50

Sausage patties $.99

flour $1.49

powdered sugar $1.89

sugar $1.88

cinnamon $0.88

chicken $14.97

Italian dressing $.0.23 (deal here)

popsicles- FREE (deal here)

Total $41.55

I saved my extra towards Father’s Day gifts 🙂 Need a cheap Father’s day gifts, check out ideas here and here or here

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weeks meal plan 6/1

meal plan

Breakfast
bagels (recipe here)
pancakes (recipe here)
cereal
toast
French toast

Lunch
chicken salad sandwiches
hotdogs
Chicken wraps
egg salad sandwiches
grilled cheese

Dinner
greek turkey burgers
meatloaf
hamburgers
chicken kabobs
breakfast (pancakes, sausage, French toast, eggs)

Snacks
fruit snacks
apples
popcorn
popsicles

Here’s what I bought
bread (I didn’t feel like making homemade this week -0.99 x 2 =$1.98
bell peppers $2.49
apples $1.99
hamburger buns $0.89
ground turkey $2.99
hot dogs $1.99
mayonnaise $1.99
flour $1.69
sugar $1.99
milk x 3 $6.15
eggs x 2 $1.98
mushrooms $1.59
lemon pepper marinade $1.89

Total $29.61 As you can tell I am way below my grocery budget of $55 this week (this was on purpose) because I am headed to Tops this afternoon to do some stocking up.  There are awesome deals this week, I’ll post them once I get back from my shopping trip.  But here is this weeks meal plan.  Just wanted to give a shout out to my friend Cheryl who cut her grocery budget in half this week by making a meal plan and couponing! Woohoo! Nice job Cheryl! You can too, start out by making a meal plan.  Although I understand that most of you don’t have a freezer full of beef like I do and don’t have your cupboards full of canned items, you can STILL save money on your grocery budget! Start by making a meal plan and shopping the sales, stacking coupons and creating a stockpile.

 

 

Today’s Diet plan

Ok, so I know that I haven’t been posting my meal plan every day.  Sorry! A friend and I started the 17 day diet on Tuesday and we are both down 4 pounds. Like I said in my post on Tuesday, I love the 17 day diet because you get fast results! Here is what my plan is for today.

Breakfast-Smoothie

Lunch-Chicken salad

Dinner-Skinny Caesar chicken(recipe below)

Snack-baked apple with cinnamon and truvia

 

Skinny Caesar chicken

2 chicken breasts (bone in or out it doesn’t matter)

low fat cheddar cheese

Fat free creamy Caesar dressing

 

Directions

Put 2 chicken breasts in slow cooker with 1″ of water.  Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until chicken is cooked. Let cool, pull apart chicken, add cheese and Caesar dressing (as much as you would like).  Put back into the slow cooker until the cheese melts.

This chicken is so good, you can eat it plain or put it on top of your salad.  Either way its delish!

This weeks meal plan 5/19

meal plan

This is the last week of school for my kiddos! Woohoo! We have lots of activities going on this week at school so because of that, I decided to go with easy meals this week.  A few I have never tried, but they looked so easy I thought they would be perfect for my busy week.

Breakfast

Pancakes (recipe here)

French toast

Breakfast burritos (tortillas, eggs and cheese)

cereal

Lunch

tuna sandwiches

grilled cheese and tomato soup

chicken salad sandwiches

pb and jelly sandwiches

homemade mac and cheese  x 2 (it makes a huge pan)

Dinner

hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill (buns recipe here )

chicken salad (see recipes here and here)

chicken burrito bowls (new recipe)

Mexican skillet (new recipe)

pizza

chicken enchiladas

Snack

Bagels

chocolate chip cookies

apples

ice cream sandwiches

Remember to shop your cupboards to see what you can find first, base your meal plans around the sales and what you already have.  Here’s what I bought, keeping it under $55 a week:

milk X 3 $6.45

black beans (canned) x 2 $1.68

minced garlic $1.99

roma tomatoes $1.58

tomato sauce x 2 $1.98

chicken  $10.94

eggs $1.59

cream cheese $1.09

enchilada sauce $1.99

apples $1.59

ice cream sandwiches $1.99

chocolate chips $1.59

sugar $1.89

elbow macaroni $.99

hotdogs $1.59

lettuce (head) $.99

Lettuce romaine $1.58

Italian dressing $1.19

tomato soup x 2 $1.38

Cereal $1.29

Cereal $1.89

Total $45.66

Under budget this week, I’m saving the extra for stockup sales at Rite Aid this week 🙂

 

 

This weeks meal plan 5/12-How to shop for a family of 6 for under $55 a week!

meal plan

Happy Monday! Here is my meal plan for this week.  Remember my $55 a week budget.  I’m headed to Wegman’s to use some of my coupon deals listed here.  I am also going to Aldi’s to hit some of Sara’s deals that she listed here

Breakfast

yogurt and apples

pancakes (recipe here)

toast (bread recipe here)

eggs and toast

cereal

 

Lunch

Chicken wraps (tortilla recipe here)

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

chicken salad

egg salad sandwiches

cheese quesadillas

 

Dinner

Calzones

Spaghetti and meatballs

BBQ chicken pizza

meatloaf

grilled chicken cobb salad

paninis

 

Snacks

bananas

yogurt

cheese and crackers

chocolate chip cookies

Here’s what I bought

bananas $.87

yogurt (these were on sale at my local grocery store, plus I had doubled coupons available, I was able to get them for $0.36 each) $5.40

crackers $1.29

chocolate chips $1.59

Apples $1.89

Pepperoni $1.89

Flour $1.49

cheese $2.29

Cheerios $1.00

sugar $1.89

milk $6.45

eggs $1.98

mayo $1.99

baking powder $.89

cranberries $1.89

almonds $1.89

butter $2.15

margarine $0.89

BBQ sauce $1.29

Ranch dressing $1.29

raspberry vinagarette dressing $1.50

Total $41.81

I saved the rest of my budgeted money for a good stock up sale!  So there you have it, everything else I had in my cupboards and freezer.  You may not have meat in your freezer, but you should still be able to keep your budget below $100 this week! Make whatever you can at home, buying it from the store will cost you more! And…never shop when you are hungry, you’ll buy lots of stuff you don’t need!

 

 

 

 

This weeks meal plan 4/27

Here is what we’ll be eating this week!! Make your list, check it twice and stick to your budget!

Breakfast
Toast (homemade bread, Ill post the recipe this week)
Pancakes (recipe here)
cereal
sausage and eggs
toast
cereal

Lunch
Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Homemade macaroni and cheese
Chicken salad
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Chicken salad -eating twice because I’m trying to eat healthy 🙂

Dinner
Chicken enchiladas
Chili
French Bread pizza
greek turkey burgers
Mexican skillet pasta
Mediterranean spaghetti

Snacks
bananas
granola bars
poppy seed bread (recipe here)
brownies (recipe here)

Here’s what I bought:
Cereal x 2 @1.49 each=2.98
Sausage $1.99
Eggs $0.99
Butter $1.99
Tomato soup x 2 @$0.49= $0.98
Elbow macaroni =$0.79
Romaine lettuce $2.98
chili beans $0.99
French bread (marked down because Im using for pizzas) $0.99
Ground Turkey $2.99
Roma Tomatoes $1.98
bananas $1.06
olive oil $4.99
milk x 3 @2.15 = $6.45
sugar $1.59
flour $1.39
Oatmeal $2.89
5 lb bag of cheese $12.99

Total =$51.01

There you have it, that’s what we’ll be eating this week.  Make what you can at home, shop your pantry first and use what you have.  You can stick to a budget! Make sure you go with a list 🙂

This weeks meal plan 4/21

Ok readers, how is everyone doing on your grocery budget?  Are you sticking to it or failing miserably? Either way, you can start new this week. Here is my meal plan just to give you some ideas and show you that you CAN grocery shop for a family of any size on a budget. Write down your list, check your cupboards and start saving!

Breakfast
Pancakes (recipe here)
sausage and cheese omlets
breakfast burritos (tortilla recipe here)
yogurt and fruit
Cereal
Toast and yogurt

Lunch
Chicken wraps (tortilla recipe here)
Peanut butter and jelly
Frozen pizza
macaroni and cheese
ham sandwiches
Tuna sandwiches

Dinner
Roast in the slowcooker
Bbq beef sandwiches (from leftover roast)
Chicken parmesan
Ham and potato chowder (recipe this week)
Homemade pizza (recipe here)
Tacos (tortilla recipe here)

Snacks
Molasses cookies (recipe this week)
Granola bars
Nature valley greek yogurt bars
Apples

 Shopping Trip
Hamburger buns -$0.89
bread crumbs-$1.89
flour-$1.59
sugar-$1.99
pepperoni-$1.99
apples-$1.89
nature valley bars $0.69 per pack x 3= $2.07 (a Mennonite family had these on sale at their store)
Granola bars $0.99
1 pound ham -$3.89 (1/2 pound shaved for sandwiches, 1/2 thick for chowder)
potatoes- $2.99
milk x 3 -$6.45
eggs-$1.15
yogurt $10
Butter $1.99
Beef bouillon $1.99
Breakfast sausage $1.89
Total $43.65

I have the chicken and beef in my freezer for these meals, along with ingredients in my cupboards. But even if you have to buy it along with some extras you should still be able to keep your budget under $100.