Frugal Menu Plan {First Week of May!}

by GettingFreedom on May 2, 2011

I’ve not purchased groceries in over 2 weeks, and I don’t plan on doing it again until this Friday.  Call me crazy, but life has just been way too busy, the rain keeps coming, and I have an obsession with stocking up on food.


  • Oatmeal.
  • Poached Eggs.  Bacon.
  • Steel Cut Oats with Peaches.


  • Hummus with Pita Bread
  • Black Bean Quesadillas
  • Chicken Salad.


  • Sunday:: Small Group.  I made Gooey Butter Cookies at the suggestion of my Facebook Fans.  What a great choice, too!

  • Monday:: Chicken Wild Rice Soup in Bread Bowls.  Fresh Fruit. {$3.75.  6 servings}
  • Tuesday:: Whole Chicken in the Crockpot.  Homemade Rolls.  Green Beans. {$4.50; 8 servings}
  • Wednesday:: Chicken Fried Steak.  Creamy Mashed Potatoes.  Corn.  Leftover Rolls. {$3.75; 6 servings}
  • Thursday:: Spanish Pork Chops {new to us!}.  Brown Rice.  Salad. {$4; 6 servings}
  • Friday:: Pizza/Popcorn/Movie Night.  Taco Pizza.  Garlic Chicken and Spinach. {$7; 10 servings}
  • Saturday:: Leftovers

Total Dinner Cost:: $23 Average Cost Per Serving:: 64¢


Check out Menu Plan Monday for more menu ideas.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsey May 2, 2011 at 7:12 am

Yum! Yay for stocking up! I’m trying to build up my pantry so that I can do the same thing :-) Your menu plan looks delicious as always!


joscelyn May 2, 2011 at 7:21 am

I’m doing the same thing this week, but for a totally different reason. We had a little birthday party for my husband this weekend and I managed to go over budget, so I’m trying not to go to the store. I love being able to make meals off of what I have on hand. this is an especially big deal in my apartment as I have worlds smallest kitchen


Miriam May 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

We need to pare our spending down, down, down, so I’m moving to shopping at least every two weeks, and might even stretch it further. I did a “big trip” 2 weeks ago and am contemplating how “big” this week’s trip NEEDS to be. We still have to buy milk and OJ every week, but I’m hoping that by doing the main shopping less often I won’t spend as much and be forced to be more creative with what I have instead of what I want :)


Elena (running in heels after child) May 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I am amazed that you are able to feed your family for so little. I am trying to figure out how I can spend less on our groceries but honestly I am not very good at it.

Thanks for the ideas,



Jessyca January 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

How do you figure the cost total for the meals and also where can I get the recipes? i am recently divorced and cant find a job so I am living off child support checks right now and need to make it stretch. Love the idea of the meal planning and shoppinng for less


GettingFreedom January 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

@Jessyca, You can find a lot of my recipes on the top toolbar under Recipes. They are divided up by recipe type, and I’m always adding in new ones and updating the page.

I’ve menu planned for quite some time now, and I’ve become familiar with how much each ingredient costs {by creating a price book}. Basically, I take the overall price and divide it up. For an example–A 5# of flour has roughly 17 cups of flour. Take the cost, divide it by 17–and that is how much it costs you for one cup of flour. Then I just add up the cost of all the ingredients and I know how much each meal costs. This comes in VERY handy when you are trying to make your grocery dollars stretch, without feeling deprived. Just offset the weeks you have an “expensive” meal, with more frugal options the rest of the week. Grocery budgets are the EASIEST spot to shave your spending.

If you have any more questions–I’m happy to help!


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