Meal planning is a pretty time-consuming activity, but it pays out in the end. By making a plan and shopping sales you can not only save money but also not get stuck with that food rut when you don’t know what to cook.

See this past post on why it’s important to compare store ads.

I’m a busy mom of 2, one in school and the other is just a very hungry toddler. Now add in my husband and my brother who both have large appetites and you can see why I have to prepare large meals. 3 adults + 2 kids, and I’m lucky if there’s ever leftovers.

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My weekly budget for grocery shopping is $60, of that I aim for $40-$50 to be devoted to dinner.

The rest goes towards fresh fruit (my son LOVES bananas) and then a few things to make simple breakfasts, coffee creamer, and snacks.

After comparing store ads this week, I found the best-priced groceries to be at my local Fred Meyers (Kroger.)

Here’s what’s on the menu this week.

All naturally dairy free.


Whole Chicken, mashed potatoes, and fresh sautéed green beans


Hot Dogs, steamed broccoli, and homemade oven baked potato wedge fries


Fajitas and Spanish Rice a Roni


Chicken drumsticks, Brussel sprouts, Baked Potatoes


Veggie Stir fry and rice (although I may use some leftover shredded chicken for this dish to have some added protein.)


Meatless Spaghetti and steamed cauliflower


Sheet pan dinner- Butternut squash, asparagus, and chicken breasts.

Altogether, my shopping list from this meal plan came up to $49.78. That’s purchasing all necessary ingredients, and not utilizing anything already in my home’s food stash.

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Week of dinners. 7 large family dinners for $50. feeds a family of 5 for cheap. frugal dinner ideas plus a shopping list.

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