This week’s Menu under $85

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My kids are back to in school so the grocery budget seems to be going down a little bit! I’m trying to get back on track with my grocery budget. I’m trying to feed my family of 5 for under $85 a week!

As you may know from my previous post, breakfast is pretty low key around here. We have whatever is available, cereal, toast, egg, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, etc. Lunch is the same way. My kids will either eat what the school is serving or they will take a lunch. That generally includes sandwiches, chips, water, fruit, applesauce, graham crackers, yogurt, etc. Whatever we have on hand.

We make every effort to eat dinner together at the table as family every night! That is extremely hard in the fall when my son has cross country practice and soccer practice. My oldest daughter has marching band practice and is out pretty late a few times a week.

Most of the time, my kids just drink water! They do drink a lot of milk, also! They do not like too many juices and do not like pop at all!

Baked Oatmeal $3 (it was such a hit last week, they asked for it again)
Eggs $3 for 30 pack
Toast $1.70 for a loaf of bread
Waffles $4.98 for a 24 pack (left over from last week)

Leftovers from dinner
Sandwiches $4 or lunch meat and bread

Popcorn $5 (will last 2-3 weeks)
Homemade Granola Bars $2
Cheese $4
Yogurt $4

Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes
Pork Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
Beef Stew
Pancakes and Eggs
Chicken and Gravy
Crock Pot Chicken and Carrots

Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes: Chicken legs and thighs are currently on sale for $0.59 a pound at our local grocery store. I have the flour and seasonings I will use on hand. I got an 8 pound bag of potatoes for just $3. I will use about half of it. I will make homemade gravy, I have everything on hand for that, as well. I have corn on the cob in the freezer from a previous sale 5 ears for $1! I will use 5 ears! This entire meal will cost about $6!
Pork Roast and Potatoes: I will use a pork roast I got on sale for about $4! I will add a potatoes (the second half of the bag) and 1.5 pounds carrots, seasonings, and beef broth to a crock pot! This meal will cost about $7!
Beef Stew: I got stew meat on sale for $1.99/lb. I will use a couple potatoes from the bag and a few of the carrots from the previous meals. A will use a can of peas, tomato sauce, dry pack of onion soup, and a can of cream of mushroom soup. You can totally make your own cream soup. A delicious meal for around $5!
Pancakes and Eggs: My kids love breakfast for dinner, so I try to make it a couple times a month. It is extremely inexpensive and easy on a busy night!  The pancake mix will be about $1.59 and the eggs $1.50, syrup about $0.50! A fun meal that only costs about $4!
Chicken and Gravy: I got chicken breasts for $1.49/lb at my local grocery store last week. I will use about 1.5 pounds of chicken. I will add a couple gravy packets, a can of cream of chicken and service with Rice and frozen veggies! This meal will cost about $6!  
Pizza: For the last couple of year, Friday night as been pizza night.  I will make homemade pizza crust for about $1.50. I will buy a pound of sausage for about $2. I will buy 3 cups of mozzarella cheese for $3. I will buy a jar of pizza sauce for $0.79. This will make us 2 pizza in a baking dish, one 9×13 cheese pizza and a 15×11 sausage pizza. Final cost about $6.50!
Crock Pot Chicken and Carrots: I throw a whole Chicken and Carrots in the crock pot! The chicken was $0.99/lb. 2 pounds of carrots $2!  I will toss a McCormick Chicken Bag and Season in the crock pot with it which is an additional $2! Delicious! It’s Simple, it’s inexpensive, and my kids love it! It will only take me a few minutes to toss the chicken in the crock before my son’s early morning Cross Country Invite Saturday. Then, he will immediately have his first soccer game. This meal can cook on low with minimal attention!  I will have leftover chicken to use in a different meal next week! Delicious easy meal for about $8!


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