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Large Family Weekly Meal Plan {Week Four}

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Week Four Meal Plan:

Saturday- Chicken Tenders & Fries; Corn

Sunday- Crockpot Hearty Vegetable Soup

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Monday- Scrambled Eggs & Fried Rice

Tuesday- Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing

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Wednesday- Sausage & Rigatoni Pasta

Thursday- Crockpot Chicken Taco Burrito Bowls

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Friday- Football Friday (Find your own dinner night)

Grocery Lists:

Aldi-

1 can mixed vegetables- $0.46
1 can diced tomatoes- $0.46
1 can beef broth- $0.48
2 boxes cornbread stuffing- $0.89 each
1 jar spaghetti sauce- $0.99
1 taco seasoning packet- $0.35

$4.52

Walmart-

1 bag frozen french fries- $1.68
1 lb ground beef- $2.96
1 can corn- $0.40
1 can sliced carrots- $0.50
1 can diced potatoes- $0.50
1 can tomatoes & okra- $0.82
2 cans cream of chicken soup- $0.50
1 bag frozen green beans- $0.98
1 lb sausage link- $2.08
1 box rigatoni pasta- $1.00
1 jar chunky salsa- $1.62
1 can black beans- $0.57

$14.11

Notes:

*I buy two 10lb bags of frozen chicken breasts at Sam’s Club. The cost per dinner works out to be $1.67. 

*I buy rice in bulk from Sam’s Club once a month. The cost per dinner works out to be $0.45.

*I don’t include the cost of staples that I keep on hand such as oil, spices, milk, soy sauce, etc.

*There are quite a few items I buy at Sam’s Club that will be used all month long- like sour cream and shredded cheese- so I don’t include them in my cost per meal breakdown but I do include them in my overall budget. 

Cost Breakdown Per Meal:

Chicken Tenders; French Fries; Corn- $9.65

Crockpot Hearty Vegetable Soup- $6.58

Scrambled Eggs & Fried Rice- $1.41

Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing- $5.45

Sausage & Rigatoni Pasta- $4.07

Crockpot Chicken Taco Bowls- $5.64

Total Cost of Week 4 Meals: $32.80 (average of $5.47 per meal)

Total Monthly Grocery Costs For Dinners:

Walmart- $56.83

Aldi- $49.69

Sam’s Club- $58.59

$165.11

Recap- So my goal was to get my monthly grocery and household budget down under $800. It would be way too time consuming to break down every purchase I made this month at the 3 stores so I concentrated on sharing my meal plans. I kept all my receipts to add up and I came in at $801.46 for the month, only $1.46 over budget! Dang you, Aldi’s impulse purchase of pumpkin pie ice cream haha! I feel pretty good about my first month. I can’t wait to share the next month with you! 

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Large Family Weekly Meal Plan {Week Three}

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Week Three Meal Plan:

Saturday- Chicken Fried Rice

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Sunday- Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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 Monday- BBQ Chicken Sliders; French Fries; Corn

Tuesday- Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

Wednesday- Cheesy Chicken Divan

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Thursday- Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake; Corn

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Friday- Football Friday (Find your own dinner night)

 Grocery Lists:

Aldi-
2 cans refrigerated biscuits- $0.99 each
1 can cream of celery soup- $0.49
2 cans cream of chicken soup- $0.49 each
1 box (32oz) chicken broth- $1.19
1 bottle BBQ sauce- $0.99
1 box chicken stuffing- $0.89
1 bag shredded sharp cheddar cheese- $1.98
2 jars Alfredo sauce- $1.69 each
1 box ready to cook bacon- $2.46
1 bag shredded swiss cheese- $1.99

$16.33

Walmart-
2 packets Pioneer gravy mix- $0.88 each
1 lb breakfast sausage- $2.08
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables- $1.00
1 can diced potatoes- $0.50
1 bag slider rolls- $1.84
1 bag frozen french fries- $1.68
Bag of frozen peas and carrots- $0.92
Carton of 18 eggs- $0.96 (half saved for a second meal)
1 box pasta noodles- $0.99

$11.73

Notes:
*I buy two 10lb bags of frozen chicken breasts at Sam’s Club. The cost per dinner works out to be $1.67. 

*I buy rice in bulk from Sam’s Club once a month. The cost per dinner works out to be $0.45.

*I don’t include the cost of staples that I keep on hand such as oil, spices, milk, soy sauce, etc.

*There are quite a few items I buy at Sam’s Club that will be used all month long- like sour cream and shredded cheese- so I don’t include them in my cost per meal breakdown but I do include them in my overall budget. 

*Frozen chicken, frozen corn, sour cream, and shredded mexican cheese were included in week One’s cost breakdown. 

Cost Breakdown Per Meal:

Chicken Fried Rice- $3.07

Chicken Pot Pie Soup- $5.36

BBQ Chicken Sliders, French Fries, Corn- $7.16

Biscuits & Sausage Gravy- $5.82

Cheesy Chicken Divan- $6.43

Chicken cordon Bleu pasta bake, corn- $9.53

Total Cost for Week 3 Meals: $37.37 (average of $6.23 per meal)

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Large Family Weekly Meal Plan {Week Two}

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Week Two Meal Plan:

Saturday- Chicken Tenders; French Fries; corn

Sunday- Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup; French bread

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Monday- Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings

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Tuesday- Scrambled eggs with fried rice

Wednesday- Crockpot Chicken Soft Tacos

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Thursday- French Fried Onion Chicken Pasta

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Friday- Football Friday (find your own dinner night)

Grocery Lists:

Aldi-
1 bag frozen shredded hashbrowns- $1.65
1 pkg cream cheese- $0.72
1 can refrigerated biscuits- $0.99
1 pkt taco seasoning- $0.35
1 can refried beans- $0.75
1 pack flour tortillas- $0.99
1 container refrigerated French Onion Dip- $1.29
1 pkg shredded Colby Jack cheese- $1.98

 $8.37

Walmart-
1 bag Frozen french fries- $1.68
5 cans chicken broth- $0.50 each
5 can cream of chicken soup- $0.50 each
1 box ready to heat precooked bacon- $2.49
1 loaf French bread- $1.00
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables- $1.00
Carton of 18 eggs- $0.96
1 jar chunky salsa- $1.62
1 bag shredded lettuce- $1.48
1 box pasta noodles- $1.00
1 bag french fried onions- $1.90

 $18.13

Notes:
*I buy two 10lb bags of frozen chicken breasts at Sam’s Club. The cost per dinner works out to be $1.67. 

*I buy rice in bulk from Sam’s Club once a month. The cost per dinner works out to be $0.45.

*I don’t include the cost of staples that I keep on hand such as oil, spices, milk, soy sauce, etc.

*There are quite a few items I buy at Sam’s Club that will be used all month long- like sour cream and shredded cheese- so I don’t include them in my cost per meal breakdown but I do include them in my overall budget. 

*Frozen chicken, frozen corn, sour cream, and shredded mexican cheese were included in last week’s cost breakdown. 

Sam’s Club Monthly Purchase for This Week’s Meals:

Box of Frozen Chicken Tenders- $13.98 (will get 2 meals out of one box)

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Cost Breakdown Per Meal:

Chicken Tenders; French Fries; corn- $9.65

Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup; French bread- $8.00

Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings- $7.33

Scrambled eggs with fried rice- $1.41

Crockpot Chicken Soft Tacos- $6.86

French Fried Onion Chicken Pasta- $8.86

Total Cost for Week 2 Meals: $42.11 (average of $7.01 per meal)

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Large Family Weekly Meal Plan {Week One}

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Week One Meal Plan:

Saturday- Aldi take out pizzas; caesar side salad

Sunday- Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

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Monday- Alfredo pasta with diced ham; broccoli; texas toast

Tuesday- Chicken Fried Rice

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Wednesday- Biscuits and sausage gravy

Thursday- Crockpot Orange Chicken & rice with peppers

Friday- Football Friday (find your own dinner night)

Grocery Lists:

Aldi-

2 Aldi’s take home pizzas- $4.99 each
caesar salad kit- $1.49
1 can tomato sauce- $0.25
1 can diced tomatoes- $0.46
1 packet taco seasoning- $0.35
2 jars Alfredo sauce- $1.69 each
Box of Texas Toast- $1.59
2 tubes refrigerated biscuits- $0.99 each
1 bottle BBQ sauce- $0.99

$20.47

Walmart-
1 can black beans- $0.57
1 can kidney beans- $0.57
Box of pasta noodles- $1.00
Diced Ham- $2.08 (half saved for a second meal)
Bag of frozen peas and carrots- $0.92
Carton of 18 eggs- $0.96 (half saved for a second meal)
2 packets Pioneer gravy mix- $0.88 each
1 lb breakfast sausage- $2.08
1 jar orange marmalade- $1.84
1 bag frozen stir fry peppers and onions- $1.96

$12.86

Notes: 

*I buy two 10lb bags of frozen chicken breasts at Sam’s Club. The cost per dinner works out to be $1.67. 

*I buy rice in bulk from Sam’s Club once a month. The cost per dinner works out to be $0.45.

*I don’t include the cost of staples that I keep on hand such as oil, spices, milk, soy sauce, etc.

*There are quite a few items I buy at Sam’s Club that will be used all month long- like sour cream and shredded cheese- so I don’t include them in my cost per meal breakdown but I do include them in my overall budget. 

Sam’s Club Monthly Purchase for This Week’s Meals:

10 lb bag frozen chicken breasts- $19.99
Tub of sour cream- $6.48
Shredded Mexican Cheese- $6.98
Bag of frozen broccoli- $5.58
Bag of frozen corn- $5.58

$44.61

Cost breakdown per meal:

2 Aldi take home pizzas; caesar salad- $11.47

Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili- $4.80

Alfredo pasta with diced ham; broccoli; texas toast- $8.13

Chicken Fried Rice- $3.07

Biscuits and sausage gravy- $5.82

Crockpot Orange Chicken & rice with peppers- $6.91

Total Cost for Week 1 Meals: $40.20 (average of $6.70 per meal)

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Large Family Weekly Meal Plan Intro

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So I’ve been mentioning on here for a few weeks about how I’m working to cut our grocery budget. Our monthly grocery and household expenses hit an all-time high in July. We paid out one and half times our monthly mortgage payment on groceries and household items. That’s insanity and we cannot continue to do that or we’ll be homeless. Changes had to be made.

The biggest change was in attitude. Food is a necessity, not a luxury. I’m the biggest offender in the house. I eat when I’m sad, when I’m stressed, when I’m happy….food is completely tied to my emotions and I needed to break out of that unhealthy pattern. Sitting down and having a budget meeting with Matt after adding up all of our new expenses with all 4 kids in charter school was eye-opening and scary. Nothing like seeing the cold hard reality of barely making ends meet each month to help you break bad habits! 

Once I saw that the biggest change we could make to help our financial situation was with the grocery and household budget, I got busy. It took me over a month to formulate my plan. First, I went through my recipes and picked out 24 favorites that I felt confident the kids would eat without complaint. Then I made a list of every ingredient needed for those recipes and everything else we need to run the household for a month- breakfasts, lunches, snacks, etc. The next part was the most time consuming. I price checked every item. I shop at 3 stores- Aldi, Walmart, and Sam’s Club. I used the Walmart grocery app and the Sam’s Club app to look up each item and then I hit Aldi to price check in person. Once I had every single item priced at all 3 stores I came home to sort it out and make my lists. I added up the total cost for each meal and then I replaced some of the more expensive dinners with cheaper ones. 

Finally I had my meal plan for the month along with my grocery lists. I do Sam’s Club once a month and then Walmart pick up and Aldi once a week. I made separate shopping lists for each week using my List Ease app which lets me input prices so I can see my total cost. I’m committed to sticking to my lists, resisting impulse purchases, and trimming when necessary. My goal is to get our grocery and household budget to under $800 per month. I know that still sounds like alot but compared to the nearly $2000 we spent in July and considering that we are a family of 6 right now with a large varsity football player who can eat like a horse, that’s pretty reasonable. 

So for the next few months I’m going to be sharing my weekly meal plans complete with cost breakdown and grocery lists. I’m hoping it will help me stay accountable and maybe it will help some of you as well if you’re looking to cut your grocery costs! 

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