Steal my Budget-Friendly Dinner Plan: Simple and Affordable Repeat Dinner Recipes

Groceries are expensive, plain & simple. So I’m sharing my plan to tackle to grocery budget this week while having a busy week where I…

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Groceries are expensive, plain & simple. So I’m sharing my plan to tackle to grocery budget this week while having a busy week where I know being in the kitchen during dinner time could be hard but the savings plus knowing my family is eating homecooked meals is worth a little extra work. Here’s how I’m making 7 nights of dinner for under $75 for our family of 4 this week!! Many times I’ll make extras also to cover lunches since we work from home & homeschool, so meals are constantly being made around here! 

Meal Plan for Week

  • Sunday – Baked chicken breasts, broccoli & focaccia
  • Monday – Bowls (chicken)
  • Tuesday – Tacos (ground chicken, refried beans, taco shells, toppings)
  • Wednesday – Bowls (ground beef)
  • ThursdayBeef & shells
  • Friday – Chili & cornbread 
  • Saturday – Breakfast for dinner (sausage, eggs, pancakes)

Dinner notes: 

  • Bowls night = Chipotle but way cheaper. A bed of lettuce, black beans, cilantro lime rice, chicken or ground meat plus any toppings your heart desires. I load everything up on the counter & everyone can make their bowls as they like & then we just pop each bowl in the microwave (these are the nights we usually aren’t home at the same time for dinner so bowls work great). 
  • There aren’t many fruits or veggies since we eat those raw more throughout the day.  Each dinner has cut raw veggies (cucumbers, peppers, carrots, snap peas) offered, I prep at the beginning of the week.
  • Our fruits/veggies rotate with what is on sale (on sale = in season usually)

Sunday Prep for the week

  • Cook all ground meat & store in separate containers for the week
  • Bake chicken breasts, store in a container for the week
  • Make a batch of Mom’s Green Rice (cilantro lime rice) for bowls
  • Chop lettuce, store in baggie with paper towel to keep crisp
  • Open & rinse 3 cans of black beans, store in fridge to use during week

Receipts – I “shopped” through HEB & ALDI to compare the differences in prices (which surprisingly wasn’t much of a difference in these household staples), I chose a generic store brand since that’s what I usually choose for most items.  I added everything to my cart for grocery pickup & here’s what the totals looked like (none of the stores had stellar deals on meat that would have me bending my menu to use those meats). 

 

Grocery list for the week

  • Chicken breast (4-5 lbs)
  • Ground beef (2 lbs)
  • Ground chicken (2 lbs)
  • Jasmine rice
  • Cilantro
  • Limes (4)
  • Lettuce head
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Snap peas
  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers
  • Cheese (I buy a block to shred myself)
  • Refried canned beans 2x
  • Canned Black beans 4x
  • Canned Kidney beans
  • Canned Great northern beans
  • Canned Crushed tomatoes 
  • Canned Tomato paste 
  • Can tomato sauce 
  • Pasta shells
  • Dozen eggs
  • Breakfast sausage
  • Jiffy cornbread 
  • Beef broth 

Pantry staples/already have:

  • Olive oil
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt/pepper/favorite seasonings
  • Salsa
  • Chili seasonings 
  • Pancake mix 
  • Syrup
  • Butter
  • Yeast 
  • Heavy cream 

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