$200/MONTH MENU PLAN FOR OUR FAMILY OF 5 (POST #30)

Trying to figure out what to eat on a tight budget? Here’s the menu plan of our meals on a $200/mo. grocery budget.

$200 Menu Plan-What Our Family of 5 Eats

Everyone knows that the cost of meat is one of the things that makes it hard to have a low grocery bill.   And if you are like me and love your meat, you aren’t quite willing to go vegetarian!  :)  That’s why I’m always looking for great ways to save money on meat of any kind.

I’ve told you all about Zaycon Fresh before and how much I love their inexpensive boneless, skinless chicken breast.  But I wanted to mention it again because there are always need readers joining us here.  Plus, through 11/20/16, Zaycon Fresh is running a sort of flash sale where new customers can get 12% off their order of 1 case or more, which means you can get boneless, skinless chicken breast for just $1.31/lb!!

So here’s the deal:

Through 11/20/16, new customers can use coupon code POULTRYDEAL to save 12% off their order of 1 case or more of Zaycon Fresh products.  There is a limit of one promo code per order and the offer is limited to one useage per household.

Zaycon Fresh also sells boneless, skinless chicken thighs, bacon, ground beef, chuck roast and more!  Check them out and see what deals you can find!

Now on to the menu plan details…..

If you are new to these menu plans of mine, it’s probably helpful to know a couple of things first:

  • Our family of six consists of two adults with fairly big appetites, an 8 year-old boy, a 4 ½ year-old girl, a 2 ½  year-old girl and an exclusively breastfed baby boy.  (Yes, there are six of us now…I just haven’t had a chance to update my image to reflect that, so it still says family of 5!)  :)
  • I buy lots of fruits and veggies in bulk from local farmers/orchards in the summer and then freeze or can them. This is not only much cheaper it is also healthier too. But that is why if you look at my Weekly Spending Summaries you won’t always see lots of produce.
  • I have a stockpile.  My cupboards are full from previous shopping and here’s why. When I can get pasta for free with coupons, I buy as much as I have coupons for.  If I’m able to get flour for $0.50/bag like I did last fall, I’ll buy half a dozen and put them in the freezer to use as needed.  I do this as much as my budget allows, on as many items as I can and as a result save lots of money. Then when I go to plan menus, I simply plan our meals around what I already have in my cupboards and freezer, as much as possible.  Obviously I still might have to buy a few things at regular price here and there, but by stocking up when the price is at rock bottom I save a lot.
  • We rarely snack.  By eating “heavy” food like granola at breakfast we don’t get hungry until lunch time.  And the same goes for the afternoon.  Our lunches are big enough that we usually are fine until dinner time.  When we do need a snack, I try to keep it mostly healthy by offering fruit, nuts or maybe No Bake Energy Bites.  We don’t always do it perfectly though, and sometimes end up having chips or cookies instead.
  • Our breakfasts consist of Homemade Granola or Baked Oatmeal, the occasional bought cereal that I was able to get for $0.50/box and sometimes some fruit too.  I know that might seem awfully boring to some of you, but we actually all really enjoy it and prefer it over other breakfast food.  I also have a homemade iced coffee, homemade frappe or some other fun beverage every morning.  It’s just one of the little things that I do to add a bit sunshine to my days!

Below you will find our lunches and dinners.  (If we ate something other than our usual breakfast, I’ll note that too.)  Monday through Friday, the lunches are just for the three children and I.  My husband takes a packed lunch with him to work and it typically consists of sandwiches, fruit, homemade yogurt and sometimes random leftovers too.

Herb Roasted Chicken and PotatoesWEEK 1
Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Kid Fresh Chicken Nuggets; Cheese; Bananas; Canned Peaches (I preserved)
  • Creamy White Chicken Chili; Lettuce Salad; Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
    – I got the Kidfresh nuggets free with coupons a while back.  I like that they are “healthy” chicken nuggets and even though they are technically made for kids, we all enjoy them and it makes an easy dinner for us!

Friday

  • Meat & Cheese Sandwiches made with 100% Whole Wheat Bread; Homemade Yogurt; Frozen Blueberries; Frozen Peaches (I preserved)
  • Leftover Cheesy Ham, Potato & Green Bean Casserole; Leftover 5 Minute Mandarin Orange Jello Salad; Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream

Saturday

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WEEK 2 
Sunday

Monday

  • Breakfast Burritos; Homemade Yogurt; Grapes; Canned Peaches (I preserved)
  • Easy Chicken Pot Pie (my version of this); Homemade Applesauce; Frozen Fruit Slush
    – I would normally have had a salad with this meal, but when I went to make dinner, I realized I was out of lettuce.  How’s that for good planning?!

Tuesday

  • Leftover Easy Chicken Pot Pie; Homemade Yogurt; Canned Peaches (I preserved); Frozen Blueberries
  • Meatball Sandwiches; Lettuce Salad with Mexican Dressing; Homemade Applesauce; Chocolate Covered Pretzels
    – For the meatball sandwiches I used frozen meatballs and tomato sauce that I got for free thanks to couponing.  The chocolate covered pretzels were also a coupon freebie.

Wednesday

  • Leftover Meatball Sandwiches; Homemade Yogurt; Canned Peaches (I preserved); Frozen Blueberries
  • Homemade Crunchy Taco Hamburger HelperHomemade Applesauce; Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies (from freezer)
    – For the Hamburgr Helper, I only used half the amount of meat and then added a can of black beans.  We ate it with topping like a haystack or tacos (whichever you happen to call them).  It was so good!

Thursday

Friday

  • Refried Bean and Cheese Quesadillas; Homemade Yogurt; Bananas; Clementines
  • Baked Chicken; Mashed Potatoes; Green Beans; Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookes (from the freezer)

Saturday

  • Meat & Cheese Sandwiches made with 100% Whole Wheat Bread; Homemade Yogurt; Grapes; Canned Peaches (I preserved)
  • Homemade Chicken Alfredo Pizza (used homemade Alfredo sauce and homemade pizza crust and topped with chicken and caramelized onions); Lettuce Salad with Mexican Dressing; Homemade Applesauce
    – This homemade pizza crust recipe is awesome!  Not only does it need no time to rise, you can have it ready to go in the oven in 30 minutes!  And it’s really tasty too.  The only thing I do differently is pre-bake the crust a bit before putting on the toppings.

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