Free Printable Meal Planner : Budget Meal Plan Week One

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Budget Meal Plan Week One
With the desire to save my family some money, I decided to challenge myself to spend $100 or less at the grocery store each week and eat out less (one day or less per week). With some careful planning, my budget meal plan is going well so far. We eat some organic food but not all. What is not included in this challenge is any alcohol we purchase, paper, cleaning or personal products. Meals included are usually meant for at least families of 4. While our household is 2 adults and 1 nine year old, I will share ideas on how to increase the meal size for larger families. My boyfriend purchases his lunch at work but my daughter and I eat what we have, so our lunches are included in the $100 budget.

Budget Meal Plan Week One

Total Spent: $102.67 at Whole Foods Dining out: Lunch on Saturday

Thoughts: Overall, I thought this week went well. I like how Whole Foods is a one stop shop but the organic apples and organic ground beef were pricey. I attribute leftovers from the previous week and utilization of pantry items for staying within a few dollars of my budget.

Homemade this week: Chicken stock and Kale chips

Goals for next week/future: Look for apples that are less than $3.99 a pound and organic hamburger less than $9.99 a pound. Lettuce goes bad quickly so use that in the beginning of the week.

Tips: Not all ingredients in recipes are necessary. Leave out or substitute something else if you are missing an ingredient. Use dried spices that you already have instead of fresh ones. Exceptions to this rule are cilantro and depending on the recipe, basil.

Budget Meal Plan Kale Chips


Breakfast: Eggs and Toast (using eggs and bread remaining from the previous week)
Lunch: Banana, Yogurt, Granola (granola leftover and the rest purchased)
Dinner: Cheeseburger pasta & salad (I used 1⁄2 pound of hamburger and 1⁄2 block of cheese and left out the optional green onions)


Breakfast: Eggs and Toast
Lunch: Salad & Mixed Nut packet (nuts leftover)
Dinner: Tuna Pockets & Apple (Tuna makes a lot. If you have a larger family, serve this on bread and save the pita for the gyros. I used a half of an apple in the salad and the other half as a side dish. They were huge apples.)


Breakfast: Eggs and Toast
Lunch: Leftover Tuna Pockets
Dinner: Pasta with Meat Sauce & salad (I used the other half a pound of hamburger and a leftover jar of spaghetti sauce. Keep an eye out for an upcoming post on an easy, frugal way to make pasta sauce.)

budget meal plan beer can chicken recipeThursday

Breakfast: Eggs and Toast
Lunch: Banana, Yogurt, Granola
Dinner: Beer Can Chicken & Steamed Broccoli (Recipe coming soon! Ate half the meat and saved the other half for Chicken Gyros. Add potatoes as another side to feed more people.)

budget meal plan Kale apple salad recipeFriday

Breakfast: Peanut Butter on Toast (eggs are gone so I make do.)
Lunch: Salad, Nuts, Banana
Dinner: Kale Apple Salad (Recipe coming soon! Kale was left over from the previous week. You can buy a big bunch of kale for around 99 cents and it stays fresh for quite a while. If you don’t have any, plan a meal today with what you have left over from the previous week.)


Breakfast: Peanut Butter on Toast
Lunch: Dined Out
Dinner: Leftovers

Budget Meal Plan Greek Chicken Pita RecipeSunday

Breakfast: Peanut Butter on Toast
Lunch: Frozen Pizza (I like to keep a healthy frozen pizza on hand for those lazy days when I just don’t feel like cooking. This one was from Target and it was quite good.)
Dinner: Greek Chicken Pitas (We loaded leftover chicken on pita bread topped with lettuce and tomato and used this recipe HERE to make the tzatziki sauce. Use the leftover sauce to dip tomatoes and veggies in as your side.

Budget Meal Plan Free Meal Planner

Leti over at Black Co. designed this menu planner for my readers. I love how easy it makes meal planning and grocery shopping. I chose to color code categories to make my trip to the grocery store quicker. It is easy to print out and then stick in a binder to make planning easier. Get your free copy of the meal planner below.

I hope you enjoyed Week One of my budget meal plan. I shared some of my favorite money saving tips on how to cut costs at the grocery store. What are some of your favorite tips? Can’t wait to hear from you!

Until next time,
Love, art and the pursuit of healthy living

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