Menu Plan: Coming in Under Budget

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Menu Plan/ Budget Update

Thanks to a sick baby and getting sick myself, I came in way under budget this month! My goal was $540 and I have spent $402. I will need to buy milk tomorrow, but that’s it. My budget challenge was helped by the box of free vegetables and eggs I received from a friend, plus not being able to leave the house saved me a lot of money. Later this week I’ll share some practical ways you can cut your grocery budget and not starve your family.



Homemade English Muffins I didn’t get to make these last week, so I will try again this week.

served with eggs, fruit

Whole Wheat Waffles

Whole wheat pancakes

served with fruit, orange juice, milk

Oatmeal, Cereal, or Breakfast leftovers

Our Lunch List:

  • Tzatziki w/ Bread Machine Pitas on the grill
  • 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


Dinner at Chili’s

Our Chili’s is running a special, two entrees plus and appetizer for $20. Add the free chips and queso and you have a great meal deal!
Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie (Carry over from last week)

served with fresh vegetables

Skillet Tuna Casserole

served with salad, green beans


Bee- Rocks

Mexican Chicken Skillet (Super Cheap Meal)

served with lettuce, sour cream, cheese, tortillas

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

Shepherd’s Pie photograph courtesy of Mollyeh.


  1. mmmm, you’ve just reminded me I need to make mexican chicken skillet again sometime soon. We substitute the black beans for either kidney beans or 5-bean mix, and it’s a big hit over here.

  2. Toni, we make salsa chicken it’s a recipe I got from the sparkpeople website, it’s super easy and delicious…
    chicken breast, taco seasoning, a jar of salsa in the crock pot for 6 hours, take out chicken and shred it add it back to the pot, there you have a really good dinner, we usually do black beans, rice and all the taco fixins some of us use chips and some will do tortillas.

  3. DgsandBjsMom says:

    Our kids like Chili’s but drinks could cost your a fortune with that many kids. Right now our kids favorite place to eat is Cracker Barrell.

  4. The homemade English muffins look great. I’m happy you’re feeling better!

  5. I’ve never tried homemade english muffins! They look great!

  6. Great tips…I have to eat gluten free and now how to adjust accordingly….some very clever ways on getting the most out of things here on this blog…very cool.

  7. Stopping by from MPM..great stuff on your blog.

  8. If you add black beans and frozen corn to the salsa chicken ingredients, you have a one-pot meal…just add tortillas. I use about 2 cups of black beans and a cup of corn for one meal (4 chicken breasts – I put them in frozen, too). Yum!

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