Weekly Menu: August 30th – September 5th

Weekly Menus from Our Cozy Den ~ Feeding a family of 6 on under $250 a month!

It’s official, summer is over! Our two-week summer break has ended, and today began our full-force fall schedule. We have TONS of activities on our fall schedule, so it’s going to be a busy ride! So let’s take a look at my menu for our first week back in the swing of things!

Again, a few notes before we get started:

  • Breakfast is not included in the menu, because in our house it is fend-for-yourself. But it is included in my budget and shopping. The choices are oatmeal, eggs, or my homemade cereal.
  • I recently did a post about my large once-a-month pantry shop. I try to plan most of my menu to use what we already have on hand in the pantry and freezer. Bulk buying = BIG savings!
  • Snacks are also not on the menu, but my kids do get a snack each afternoon around 4 pm. Their choices are veggies (usually carrots and celery), fruit (I always have on hand a selection of oranges, bananas, apples, pineapple, berries, etc.), hard-boiled eggs, cheddar cheese sticks, yogurt, and granola bars.

Here’s what we are eating this week:


Lunch ~ Mexican at our favorite local spot. They have 99¢ kids’ meals on Sundays — score!

Dinner ~ leftovers


Lunch ~ sandwiches (peanut butter with jelly or honey, or turkey and cheese) with fruit

Dinner ~ sausages with roasted vegetables


Lunch ~ black bean quesadillas with fruit

Dinner ~ white chili (I had this on the menu last week, but plans went awry and we never ended up making it.)


Lunch ~ vegetable soup, with crackers and yogurt

Dinner ~ BBQ with our church small group!


Lunch ~sandwiches (peanut butter with jelly or honey, or turkey and cheese) with fruit

Dinner ~ leftovers


Lunch ~ black bean quesadillas with fruit

Dinner ~ meatloaf, peas, & mashed potatoes


Lunch ~vegetable soup, with crackers and yogurt

Dinner ~ chicken broccoli alfredo

What I spent this week:

Like I said before – most of my groceries come from my big pantry shops at GFS. Here is my receipt from Walmart this week:

WIC switched over to a new system — it’s an electronic card instead of a paper check. Because of this, all of my WIC groceries and my regular groceries are mixed together on the same receipt, and the WIC stuff gets debited at the end. So my “total” was $60.09, WIC covered $15.06 of it, so I personally spent $45.03. I’m not really a fan of doing it this way. I prefer to have stuff on a separate receipt, but things get crazy at the grocery store so I might not remember. haha

What I got:

WIC free items – 2 bottles of orange juice, 1 gallon of milk, 2 boxes of cereal, and they paid $.37 toward my watermelon.

My purchases – pepperoni, garlic powder, yogurt, cheese, chicken strips, waffles (I usually make them homemade, but when I saw 10 packs for 50¢ I decided it was worth the splurge for the kids to have something different in the mornings), lunchmeat (turkey), and the rest of the watermelon that WIC didn’t cover.


This was my last shop of the month, so let’s take a look at my totals and see how we stand!

August 2nd – 8th ~ Total spent: $28.57

August 9th – 14th ~ Total spent: $25.89

August 15th – 24th ~ Vacation! (stay tuned for our vacation menu!)

August 25th – 29th ~ Total spent: $14.07

August 30th – September 5th ~ Total spent: $45.03


I know, vacation took a huge bite out of our month. A few things that helped keep our grocery bill low this month were: my husband being gone at the beginning of the month, so we didn’t have to feed him; before we left for vacation, we ate a lot of leftovers and did fridge cleanout; our vacation food came out of our vacation budget (I’ll have another post on that soon); and at the end of the month we had a lot of unused WIC vouchers.

I have budgeted $250 for groceries each month, so like the past few months, I’m setting aside the excess to buy a ¼ or ½ cow this fall!


Stay tuned for the rest of our weekly menus! And have a great week!!!


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