Menu Plan ~ Budget Update

My grocery budget challenge is going well. So far I have spent $163 of my $540 budget for the month. I was even able to stock up on a few items without using my stockpile money!

This week is our first week of school and we have our back to school celebration as well as a birthday! It is hard to believe my little boy is turning 14 this week and is taller than his mama! I think I might end up being the shortest person in my family if my kids keep growing like weeds. 🙂

I have a few changes in our meal plan starting with the new school year. First, my teens are in charge of breakfast two days a week. My kids have always helped with breakfast, but from now on, they are on their own with menu planning and cooking two mornings a week, and no cereal allowed! Second, once it cools off I think I am going to start serving hot lunches. Given my dislike of lunch and my kids’ dislike of sandwiches, I am wondering if a hot lunch might be the solution.




Birthday boy special request


Served with Biscuits, Bacon and Spinach Smoothies

French Toast

Served with sausage, juice, and milk

Whole wheat pancakes

served with fruit, orange juice, milk

Oatmeal, Cereal, or Breakfast leftovers

Our Lunch List:

  • Sandwiches
  • Quesadillas
  • Grilled cheese
  • Leftovers
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Smoothies
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Baked Potato
  • Sweet Potato


pork scallopini

Pork Scallopini

served with rice, peas, whole wheat bread

Grilled Venison

served with whole wheat bread, salad, grilled potatoes

Grilled Pizza

birthday request

egg pasta

Pasta with Cream Sauce

served with salad

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  1. Great job onthe shopping savings. Our family will be back to it’s original 3 within the next week then school starts. I also wanted to wish your 14 yr old a very happy birthday.

  2. Somebody's Mimi says:

    Enjoyed the birthday boy and his eggs!! I wish my “little” boy would have picked eggs… he always went for steak… on the menu!!!

  3. Great looking menu – can’t wait to try the pork! Found your site at OrgJunkie – love it!

  4. DgsandBjsMom says:

    I HATE cereal. Never have eaten it. My kids love peanut butter so peanut butter is on the menu almost every day. The way to serve something other than sandwiches for lunch is to always make plenty of leftovers and just rewarm in the microwave. Spaghetti, Mac n Cheese and Hot Dogs, Grilled Cheese and Soup, etc are great hot lunches.

  5. I found your link at MPM today.

    What a great “challenge”. I can’t wait to read more on how you are trimming your budget.

    I’d love to have you check out my blog and join Tip Day Thursday.

  6. You are doing so well! Home baked everything is worth it even without the money savings. Looks like a yummy week…enjoy!

  7. I love your homemade doughnuts! I can’t believe that wasn’t the birthday breakfast request. Good luck with lunches.

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Oh, it was the special request, I must have labeled the photos incorrectly! Donuts are always a birthday request for my kids. 🙂

  8. The pork scallopini looks great. I have been looking for new pork recipes. I will definitely have to give this a try.

  9. YUM! Can’t wait to follow your progress!

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