Menu Plan: Low Cost Meals

I’m re-evaluating our grocery budget this month and trying to find ways to save on some meals so we can spend a little more on “real” food. The recipes in this week’s menu plan are great for those weeks you need to stretch the paycheck!


Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

served with fruit

English Muffins

served with eggs

Whole Wheat Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

served with fruit


served with yogurt

The Lunch List

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


Spaghetti Pie (less than $.50 a serving)

served with salad

Shepherd’s Pie (less than $1 per serving)

served with salad

Nacho Bake ($6 meal – serves 6)

served with fresh veggies

Oven Fried Chicken ($6 meal – serves 6)

served with green beans, rice, whole wheat rolls

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  1. LOVE these recipes!! I have really needed to get back on track w/ my easy meals and budget meals….thank you! 🙂

  2. Is the salad part of your $1 budget? If so, are you using anything besides iceberg lettuce? We love salad here and eat it several nights a week but it definitely isn’t cheap so I’m just wondering what your tips are for fitting that into the budget. Thanks!

  3. I love how creative your lunch list is! I always find myself getting into the same old rut of turkey or PB&J on whole wheat. Luckily, my Kindergartner doesn’t seem to mind, but my husband does, LOL!

  4. Yum! You plan looks great! I am going to take a look at those lemon poppy seed muffins. I haven’t had those in ages, and that’s a shame, I love them so 🙂

  5. I am always in need of new lunch ideas, and I’m trying to get away from cold cereal for breakfast every morning. This would be welcome in my kitchen!

  6. Nice to visit your blog today. I hope you will join me for Crock Pot Wednesday whenever you can.

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