Menu Plan: Budgets, Stockpiling, and Free Food

I often find that when I am trying to save money in a certain area God always provides abundantly for my family, in that area. This weekend we were out of town and one of my friends asked if I wanted any vegetables and eggs from her farm. We left town with 60 eggs and a box full of yummy homegrown veggies. If anyone has ideas for cucumbers I’d love to hear them, I have a bunch 🙂

So far I have spent $200 of my $540 grocery budget. I was able to stockpile butter, crackers, and cake mix since the beginning of the month. My little kids love crackers and cheese, crackers and peanut butter, and crackers and cream cheese, but I only buy them occasionally. I was able to get large boxes of Triscuits for less than a dollar a box so I stocked up!

This week I encourage you to try a new recipe. So many times we make things that are familiar to us or things we know our family will like. This usually means we stick to the same old, same old over and over. Last week I made grilled eggplant (recipe coming tomorrow), and much to my surprise it was really good! This week I am trying ratatouille and a rhubarb dessert. I’ll let you know how they turn out next week!

Menu Plan


we will be having a lot of eggs 🙂

Bull’s Eyes

Served with Biscuits, Bacon and Spinach Smoothies

Whole Wheat Waffles

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:

  • Egg Salad Sandwiches
  • Tuna Salad Sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Quesadillas
  • Grilled cheese
  • Leftovers
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Smoothies
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Baked Potato
  • Sweet Potato


pasta maker

Homemade Pasta

served with salad, fresh bread, fresh vegetable

Venison Steak

served with ratatouille, mashed potatoes, salad

Grilled Pizza

served with salad


served with fresh fruit


served with homemade tortillas, and all the fixin’s

For more than 300 menu ideas each week, visit Org Junkie.


  1. I’ve never made Ratatouille…might need to try soon. 🙂

  2. Oh, thanks for the reminder about Bull’s Eyes! I used to love those – what fun 🙂 I think I need to put those into our menu plan. My kids will flip 🙂

    I love what you said about how God provides. So true. His eyes are on the sparrow …

    Thanks for the menu ideas and for the good thoughts to think on this morning. Best Wishes!

  3. Great menu plan. I wish I had a pasta maker. I would love to make my own pastas. I bet they taste fantastic. One of these days, I’ll invest in the stuff. Visiting from Menu Plan Monday. 🙂 Have a great week!

  4. Two ideas:

    1) did you know you can also spread pizza fillings on [homemade] tortillas and grill them 3-4 minutes until heated through? The tortilla gets nice and crispy and it is so easy.

    2) cucumber idea: refrigerator pickles (the recipe I used is at–you don’t have to can them but they keep a long while and are YUMMY! (My little brother said, “This is the first time I’ve ever liked something that I knew had garlic in it.” How’s that for a compliment 🙂 )

  5. I haven’t had breakfast yet and am so hungry for some of your French Toast! 🙂

  6. We love homemade tortillas! Have a great Monday!

  7. Everything looks incredible!!! I might have to make some cinnamon swirl bread for french toast now!

  8. As far as cucumbers go…we love tomato cucumber salad. Mix up tomatoes, cukes, onion and basil if you like with equal parts sugar water, and white vinegar. Delicious!

  9. Cucumber salad! Slice cukes lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Slice into half rounds. Toss with rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, course salt and little sugar. Toss to coat and sprinkle with sesame seeds. I don’t have an exact recipe. I just wing it. But the combination of sesame oil and rice vinegar is soooo yummy. It’s my go-to summer side when I can’t possible can anymore pickles!

    Stephanie 🙂

  10. Hi,

    I have a great recipe that my family loves for cucumbers. We love spicy foods, and this was always a fresh-cool side dish for the summer. You can adjust the spices if you don’t like to much heat.
    -just cut up 1 cucumber
    – add enough lemon juice to soak cucs in (about 2 lemons)
    – add between 1/4 tsp.(or however much you like) of cayenne pepper
    – you can add salt/pepper if desired

    Hope you like it 🙂

  11. I hope you like the ratatouille. Thanks for the link! Your venison has me drooling. I think I’ll do grilled pizza this week too. I tried it once (you inspired me) and it turned out well.

  12. i usually do only make new recipes…but this week we actually have some tried and true! sometimes i need just the basics…I had a recipe for crisp cucumber salsa, but you have to be a member of taste of home to get it! i was going to get you the link, haven’t made it, but wanted too!

  13. chantelle says:

    If your family likes pickles-these rock!!

    Sun Dills

    3 1/4 c. water
    1 2/3 c. white vinegar
    1/3 c. kosher salt
    1/8 tsp. alum
    1 clove garlic (for each jar)
    2 sprigs of fresh dill (for each jar)

    Drop one clove of garlic and two of the fresh dill sprigs in each jar. You can cut the cucumbers into chunks, spears, or leave whole and fill each jar. Then mix together remaining ingredients and fill each jar with mixture. Leave out in the hot sun for two full days or three if it is overcast. After that the pickles must be kept in the refrigerator. Enjoy! * You can also add hot peppers too for a different flavor.

  14. Looks yummy! And you are doing so well with your budget – congrats!

  15. I just look at this site (I love going there to remember that I don’t need a lot to be happy), and there was cucumber relish….haven’t tried it yet but thought you might be interested!

    good luck!! 🙂

  16. I’m totally jealous of your pasta maker!! I’ve been wanting one for a long while. And what kind of bread do you have there with the swirl?! It looks fabulous!

  17. Yum! Love Bulls Eyes!

  18. I have to agree with trying new recipes. I’ve made it my goal to have at least one new recipe a week, sometimes 2-3. Also, I have a running list of recipes I’d like to make again or simply try. When I constantly have new things to try, some of the “keeper recipes” we’ve had before get pushed to the wayside, so the list is a good reminder for me as it’s written on a post-it on my desk – – always visible! And, I keep my list of menus to thumb thru for ideas.

  19. You have lots of yummy recipes planned for this week. Your family is surely going to looking forward to mealtime!

  20. When we have alot of eggs on hand, I make Ful Medames. Its a North African bean dish served with hard boiled eggs (normally one/ person but whatever). The beans are pretty straight up, you can add garlic, onion and tahini. I serve with flat bread and red pepper paste (for more sophisticated tastes). Its sticks with you for a a busy afternoon.

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