Week 4: Healthy Clean-Eating for Under $50 A Week

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This is Week 4 in my Frugal Weekly Meal Plan series, and I’m mixing it up a bit.
As you may have noticed in Week 1, Week 2, & Week 3, my family and I tend to gravitate towards comfort food. I love the meals in my previous weeks because they are so inexpensive, and they taste SO good! However, we’re making an effort in our family to eat a lot healthier these days, and this week’s meal plan shows it. Actually, this meal plan helped me to lose 5 pounds! Not because I wasn’t eating delicious food and staying stuffed all the time-I was! Everything was filling and tasted great! It was just super healthy.

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The details:
We live on a budget to help bring us closer to achieving our dream of being completely debt free!
We cook at home because it’s healthier, it tastes better, and it’s a fraction of the price of eating out. We feed our entire LARGE family on a budget of under $200 per MONTH! This is less than what most people spend in a WEEK! Our average shopping trip is under $50 per week. In fact, some weeks it’s only about $40. We only shop once a week, on Saturdays. We ONLY shop at Aldi. They have, by far, the best prices and quality. This week I fed our family for under $50! This makes me so so so happy! 🙂 

This is based on a family of 5… Three adult eaters (our oldest is 18 now) and two little guys.




My meal plan includes a week of dinners and breakfasts for us all, plus lunches for 1-2 adults (since the entire family isn’t always home during the day).

These calculations assume that you already have some basics stocked in your pantry, like seasonings, oil, butter, etc. Also, it doesn’t figure in the things I buy in bulk and stockpile, like canned veggies, because I only buy those 1-2 times per year when I can get them on sale (or use coupons) for about 20 cents per can. We also can, or vacuum seal and freeze veggies in the summer and eat them all year long. We also enjoy fishing, and have friends who hunt, so we have access to free meat sometimes. Told ya were frugal!

A couple things to note, I use meat sparingly in dishes and bulk things up with veggies to save money. Also, the price of beef, even ground beef, has sky-rocketed recently. Ground turkey is super inexpensive at Aldi, just $1.89 per pound, so that’s my new go-to meat on-the-cheap. It’s healthier, too!

Shrimp With Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans
Shrimp With Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans

DINNER:

Monday: Shrimp with Green Beans & Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday: Spicy Lentil Tacos

Wednesday: Baked Tilapia with Asparagus & Sweet Potatoes (Recipe available in my Ebook 1 Month of Dirt Cheap Dinners!)

Thursday: Sliced Pork with Corn & Black Beans (Recipe available in my Ebook 1 Month of Dirt Cheap Dinners!)

Friday: Spinach Tofu Salad – Fill a bowl with mixed salad greens and veggies. Saute seasoned, cubed tofu in a pan with oil. Add to salad. Top with desired dressing.

Saturday: Salmon Cakes with Green Beans (Recipe available in my Ebook 1 Month of Dirt Cheap Dinners!)

Sunday: Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Carrots – Morningstar Black Bean Burgers are one of the only things I get at Walmart rather than Aldi. But I do use sandwich thin buns from Aldi. Top with greens, mustard, and sriracha. 

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BREAKFAST: I started everyday this week with coffee and a protein shake. Over the years we have fallen in love with Multi-Pro Whey from IDS. Our favorite flavors are Swiss Chocolate, Vanilla Cake, and Vanilla Cinnamon. We’ve only ever found it online, and you can buy it here. I’m not affiliated with them in any way, I just really love their protein powder and have been using it regularly for over 6 years now. The containers are huge and last forever.

LUNCH: To streamline lunches and keep from over-eating this week, we made it pretty simple. We ate a spinach salad every day topped with as many veggies as we had in the fridge, and either: chicken, tuna, eggs, or tofu.

Here’s my shopping list for the week. I usually shop only at Aldi, but since this week was a little different a few items came from Walmart. “W” indicates what was purchased at Walmart.




Bag of frozen shrimp
Frozen or fresh green beans (canned will even work, but drain and rinse thoroughly to remove excess sodium)
Bag frozen asparagus
4 frozen tilapia filets
2 large sweet potatoes
1 small onion
Bag of baby carrots
Garlic
Small can Rotel tomatoes (use the Aldi brand)
1 bag dried lentils (W)
1 carton veggie broth
1 can corn
1 can black beans
Small package of very thinly cut, inexpensive pork chops
Small package tofu (W)
2 bags spinach for salads
1 can salmon
1 can green beans
Frozen Morningstar Spicy Black Bean Burgers (W)
1 package sandwich thin buns
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 carton of eggs
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I hope this post helps you with your meal planning this week, and helps you make your money-saving goals!
~Kelli

Don’t forget to check out the previous weeks in my budget meal planning series!

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Week 3: How I Fed My Family For Under $50 This Week!

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Hi guys! It’s been FOREVER since I posted meal plans for Week 1 and Week 2, and I’m so sorry for the long delay! Life, ya know?!

Without further adieu, here is Week 3! Be sure to check out Week 1 & Week 2 if you missed those!

The details:
We live on a budget to help bring us closer to achieving our dream of being completely debt free!
We cook at home because it’s healthier, it tastes better, and it’s a fraction of the price of eating out. We feed our entire LARGE family on a budget of under $200 per MONTH! This is less than what most people spend in a WEEK! Our average shopping trip is under $50 per week. We only shop once a week, on Saturdays. We ONLY shop at Aldi. They have, by far, the best prices and quality.




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This week I fed our family for $46.37!!!! This makes me so so so happy! 🙂 The bill keeps getting lower every week (pat on the back)! 🙂

This is based on a family of 5… Actually, 7 now! (5 adults, 2 toddlers) My parents also live with us now (don’t be alarmed, it’s great!) and eat dinner with us frequently, although not every night. Since my last meal plan post, our youngest is eating big boy food, and our oldest has turned 18. Ohhhhh how time has flown since I started blogging!

My meal plan includes a week of dinners and breakfasts for us all, plus lunches for 1-2 adults (since the entire family isn’t always home during the day).

These calculations assume that you already have some basics stocked in your pantry, like seasonings, oil, butter, etc. Also, it doesn’t figure in the things I buy in bulk and stockpile, like canned veggies, because I only buy those 1-2 times per year when I can get them on sale (or use coupons) for about 20 cents per can. We also can, or vacuum seal and freeze veggies in the summer and eat them all year long. We also enjoy fishing, and have friends who hunt, so we have access to free meat sometimes. Told ya were frugal!

A couple things to note, I use meat sparingly in dishes and bulk things up with veggies to save money. Also, the price of beef, even ground beef, has sky-rocketed recently. Ground turkey is super inexpensive at Aldi, so that’s my new go-to meat on-the-cheap. It’s healthier, too!

Main courses for our dinners this week will be:

Monday: Beans & Rice
Tuesday: Alfredo Pasta with Chicken & Veggies
Wednesday: Homemade Crockpot Veggie Stew
Thursday: Grilled Chicken Salad (salad greens & veggies topped with grilled chicken we cook in bulk once weekly)
Friday: Turkey Tacos (simple tacos using ground turkey instead of beef)
Saturday: “Thai” Ramen Noodles with Peas & Mushrooms
Sunday: Tater Tot Casserole




Our breakfast options this week, based on our shopping list, are:
Cereal, Greek yogurt, toast, eggs, omelets, French toast, fruit.
Lunch options this week will be mainly left overs, because the dishes I’m preparing make TONS of food!

Here’s my shopping list, and the prices I paid. I shop at Aldi and ONLY at Aldi!

Dried beans- $1.29
Rice- $1.19
Chicken broth- $.89
Pasta- $.89
Alfredo sauce- $.99
Frozen veggies- $.89
Chicken breast- $1.89/lb
Veggie stock- $1.19
Canned tomatoes- $.58
Canned corn- $.58
Canned green beans- $.58
Canned carrots- $.58
Canned kidney beans- $.58
Canned mixed veggies- $.58
Lettuce- $1.19
Shredded cheese- $2.89
Eggs- $1.49
(2) Ground turkey- $1.49/lb
Tortillas- $1.29
Salsa- $1.49
Ramen noodles (6)- $1.49/12 pack
Frozen peas- $.89
Fresh mushrooms- $.49
Tater tots- $1.89
Cream of chicken soup- $.79
Frozen veggies- $.89
Bread $.89
(4) Greek yogurt $.85
(2) Milk $3.09
Waffles $1.49
Cereal $1.69
Apples 3 lbs – $2.99

=TOTAL $46.37

I hope this post helps you with your meal planning this week, and helps you make your money-saving goals!
~Kelli

Don’t forget to check out Week 1 & Week 2 in my budget meal planning series!

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Week 2: How I Fed My Family For $48.90 This Week!

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Welcome to WEEK 2 in my money-saving meals series! Be sure to check out the rest of the series, too! WEEK 1 HereWEEK 3 Here

The details:
We live on a budget to help bring us closer to achieving our dream of being completely debt free! 🙂
We feed our entire family on a budget of less than $250 per MONTH! Our average shopping trip is around $60 per week. We shop one time per week ONLY, either on Saturdays or Sundays.
This is less than what most people spend in a week!

This week I fed our family for $48.90!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now, we will have to run and buy milk at some point. AND…the reason I was able to spend such a small amount was because I am still using a few left over items from last week’s shopping list.
If you didn’t see last week’s list and meal plan, you can view it HERE.

This is based on a family of 4. This includes 7 dinners and 7 breakfasts for us all, plus lunches all week for 1-2 adults (since the entire family isn’t always home during the day).

These calculations assume that you do already have some basics stocked in your pantry, like seasonings, oil, butter, etc. Also, it doesn’t figure in the things I buy in bulk and stockpile, like canned veggies, because I only buy those 1-2 times per year when I can get them on sale (and combine with coupons) for about 20 cents per can. We also can, vaccum-seal and freeze tons of our own garden veggies in the summer and eat them all year long. I’m giving you main dish ideas, but I usually also add a veggie for a side dish, which is “free” for me because they come from our garden or stockpile. And then there’s the bonus that the hubby likes to fish, and we usually have fish in the freezer when his outings are successful. Told ya were frugal! 🙂

To simplify dinner planning, I’m going by this guideline:

-Meatless Monday…eliminating meat one day a week saves money!
-Tortilla Tuesday…because everything tastes better in a tortilla.
-Web Wednesday…every Wednesday, a new recipe from the web that I’ve been wanting to try.
-Throwback Thursday…some of our favorite old-school recipes from our favorite little old ladies.
-Fancy Friday…I try to make something a little special on Friday nights, as a way to ring in the weekend, since we usually stay in.
-Sandwich Saturday…Saturdays are the perfect day for sandwiches, and maybe some soup with it!
-Slow Cooker Sunday…hey, Sunday is the “day of rest”… And it doesn’t get more restful than letting your crockpot do all the work for you!

~~Our breakfast options this week, based on our shopping list, are:
Cereal, Greek yogurt (a few left from last week), toast, eggs, omelets, protein bars & meal replacement shakes (a few left from last week)
~~Lunch options this week will be mainly left overs, because the dishes I’m making actually make quite a bit.

**Here’s my shopping list, and the prices I paid. I shop at Aldi.

Cabbage .59
Mushrooms 1.49
Red pepper .79
Onions .69
Green onions 1.00
Lemons 1.89
Oranges 2.99
Celery .69
Grapes 2.98
Potatoes 1.49
Frozen Chicken breast (bag) 6.49
Frozen mixed veg (peas & carrots) 1.09
Frozen broccoli 1.09
Frozen salmon 2.99
Egg noodles 1.29
Pane Italian bread 3.79
Sour cream 1.29
Butter 2.19
2 cans biscuits .99×2
Pickle spears 1.49
Green olives 1.19
Canned chili WITH beans 1.29
Refried beans .79
1 can chicken 1.79
Minced garlic in a jar 1.99
Aldi version of Oreos 1.69
Cereal 1.87

TOTAL = $48.90




—Main courses for our dinners this week will be:
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*Meatless Monday: Low Carb Veggie Bowl
*Tortilla Tuesday: Chicken & Bean Enchiladas
*Web Wednesday: Easy Chicken Fried Rice
*Throwback Thursday: Tuna Noodle Casserole
*Fancy Friday: Citrus Glazed Salmon
*Sandwich Saturday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches
*Slow Cooker Sunday: Baked Potato Bar

A bonus this week…Included in the money I spent, I’m also going to do something fun and special Saturday morning. I’m going to make my favorite gooey Vanilla-Orange Monkey Bread and have a Bloody Mary Bar (IDEAS HERE) for Dr. B and myself before we go do something fun for the day. I think that sounds like the perfect way to start the day…and his vacation (or should I say, “Stay-cation”). He’ll be off work all week to work on my Honey-D0 List! Yay!

I hope this post helps you with your meal planning this week, and helps you make your money-saving goals!
~Kelli 🙂

Check out WEEK 1 HERE & WEEK 3 HERE

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Week 1: How I Feed My Whole Family For About $60 A Week

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We live on a budget to help bring us closer to achieving our dream of being completely debt free! 🙂

We feed our entire family on a budget of about $200 per MONTH! This is less than what most people spend in a week! Our average shopping trip is around $60 per week. We only shop once a week, either on Saturdays or Sundays.

This week I fed our family for $67.80. It’s normally less than that, but I had quite a bit of stuff on the list this week.

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