Weekly Menu: October 25th-31st

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

I can’t believe October is almost over! I’m loving all the great stuff going on around town, because we are getting to enjoy a lot of fun and also eat a LOT of free meals — which is great for the budget! (That was one of my tips in this post about how to save even more on dinner!) I even splurged this week and bought some bagged crispy chicken strips, which are usually in my NO WAY price range, but because we’ve been saving so much lately I went for it!

Let’s look at this week’s menu!

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. We pretty much eat oatmeal & eggs every day, with the occasional variance.
  • 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 from my garden), 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:

Sunday:

Lunch ~ sandwiches

Dinner ~ leftovers (I try really hard not to cook on Sundays!)

Monday:

Lunch ~ FREE pizza! We are frequent library-goers, and a lot of their door prizes are free food. We ended up winning 5 free pizzas, and we used 3 of them today!

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. We pretty much eat oatmeal & eggs every day, with the occasional variance. 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 from my garden), 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:  Sunday: Lunch ~ sandwiches  Dinner ~ dinner at Grandma’s house  Monday: Lunch ~ vegetable soup with crackers and homemade yogurt  Dinner ~ taco casserole  Tuesday: Lunch ~ black bean quesadillas with fruit  Dinner ~ leftovers  Wednesday: Lunch ~ sandwiches (peanut butter with jelly or honey, or turkey and cheese) with fresh fruits and veggies  Dinner ~ sautéed sausage, potatoes, & corn (with Italian seasoning)  Thursday: Lunch ~ black bean quesadillas with fruit  Dinner ~ white chicken chili  Friday: Lunch ~ vegetable soup with crackers and homemade yogurt  Dinner ~ leftovers  Saturday: Lunch ~ sandwiches (peanut butter with jelly or honey, or turkey and cheese) with fresh fruits and veggies  Dinner ~ lasagna with salad and garlic bread     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:
Free pizza!!

Dinner ~ chicken broccoli alfredo, made with spaghetti squash

Tuesday:

Lunch ~ vegetable soup with crackers and homemade yogurt

Dinner ~ free dinner at my husband’s school

Wednesday:

Lunch ~ black bean quesadillas with fruit

Dinner ~ cheeseburger calzones (a cheaper way to eat cheeseburgers! I’ll share the recipe soon!)

Thursday:

Lunch ~ sandwiches (peanut butter with jelly or honey, or turkey and cheese) with fresh fruits and veggies

Dinner ~ taco casserole

Friday:

Lunch ~ Field Trip Friday – we are eating lunch while we are out.

Dinner ~ crockpot chicken enchilada casserole

Saturday:

Lunch ~ leftovers

Dinner ~ free dinner at a local festival (It’s Halloween, which we don’t celebrate, but there are literally dozens of churches in my town alone holding Fall Fests this night, which often include free food! Search for them on Facebook like my instructions in this post.)

 

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:

Weekly Menus from Our Cozy Den ~  Feeding a family of 6 on under $250 a month!
Tortilla chips, bananas, alfredo sauce, jelly, chicken strips, & milk!

The total amount I spent this week was $17.95.

October totals:

So here are my grocery totals from all of my October shopping:

October 4th-10th: $26.08

October 11th-17th (plus bulk shopping): $100.88

October 18th-24th: $25.21

October 25th-31st: $17.95

Grand Total spent in October: $170.12!

See all of my weekly menus on this page, and tons of money saving recipes on this page!

 

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