$200/MONTH MENU PLAN FOR OUR FAMILY OF 5 (POST #27)

Feel like you’re stuck in a rut and not sure what to have for dinner?  Here are the meals we’ve been eating lately on our $200/mo. grocery budget!

$200 Menu Plan-What Our Family of 5 Eats

So, I’m still catching up on our menu plans.  (This one is from the beginning of June.)  But I figured it should still be helpful to you, so I went ahead and posted it!  :)  Besides, once the baby is here, we’ll be receiving lots of meals thanks to an awesome tradition at our church.  To give new moms a boost, we help provide about 9 to 12 meals when a new baby is born.  So over that time, I’ll probably take a bit of a break from recording our menus simply because we’ll be enjoying lots of food that I didn’t actually make.

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

  • Our family of five consists of two adults with fairly big appetites, a 7 ½ year-old boy, a 4 year-old girl and a 2 year-old girl.
  • 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.

Hamburger Zucchini Quiche piece

WEEK 1
Sunday

Monday

  • Leftover Homemade Pizza; Homemade Yogurt; Canned Peaches (I preserved); Frozen Blueberries
  • Lettuce Salad (with chicken and lots of other ad-ins) and Homemade Vinaigrette; Fresh Strawberry Pie

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Various Leftovers; Homemade Yogurt; Bananas; Frozen Blueberries
  • Rice & Bean Wraps (rice/beans/diced tomatoes/seasonings with sour cream and shredded cheese); Lettuce Salad with Mexican Dressing; Homemade ApplesauceStrawberry Chocolate Chip Cake
    – We loved the cake recipe.  I did cut back the sugar to ¾ c and used reg. yogurt instead of Greek.  We ate it with milk poured over top, since that’s how we like our shortcake.  :)

Friday

  • Meat & Cheese Sandwiches made with 100% Whole Wheat Bread; Potato Chips; Homemade Yogurt; Frozen Fruit Slush; No Bake Energy Bites
    – It was Track & Field day at our son’s school, so we took this as a picnic lunch to eat there.
  • Salmon Soup (sort of like oyster soup, but uses canned salmon instead); Lettuce Salad; Leftover Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake

Saturday

  • Various Leftovers; Homemade Yogurt; Canned Peaches (I preserved); Bananas
  • Homemade Ham & Bean Soup; Lettuce Salad; Cheese; Homemade Strawberry Shortcake with Fresh Strawberries

Deep Dish Taco Squares

WEEK 2
Sunday

Monday

  • Leftover Salmon Soup; Homemade Yogurt; Canned Peaches (I preserved); Frozen Blueberries
  • 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 ApplesauceNo Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
    – 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.

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Leftover Salmon Soup; Homemade Popcorn; Homemade Yogurt; Frozen Crushed Strawberries (I preserved); Frozen Blueberries
  • Homemade Breakfast Sandwiches (eggs/bacon/cheese on bagels); Lettuce Salad; Homemade Strawberry Shortcake with fresh strawberries

Friday

Saturday

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Comments

  1. Gina Stoltzfus says

    Thanks for ideas on what to cook! I printed out several of your recipes. I’m looking forward to making the Hamburger Zucchini Quiche. I like your quick and simple, yet very tasty recipes.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      You are welcome, Gina! I love creating and sharing recipes and it’s always fun knowing that people are benefiting. :) Hope you enjoy the ones you try!

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