Weekly Menu: February 28th-March 5th

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

It’s beginning to look like 🌻🌸 SPRING 🌷🌼 around here!! This week I’m going to be planting seedlings for this year’s garden. I was a total newbie last year, so this year I feel like I know at least a little bit about what I’m doing. It has saved me a ton of money on my grocery bills, so I’m expanding a bit this year to save even more!

This week we also have a lot of free meals on the menu. Taking free meals wherever you can get it is one of the things I talked about in my post Creative Ways to Save on Dinner. It certainly helps a lot!


As usual, 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.
  • 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.


Lunch ~ leftovers

Dinner ~ 💕 Date Night! 💕 My friend and I trade off every month babysitting each other’s kids so we can have free dates! She’ll be feeding my kids, and Byron and I ate movie theater snacks for “dinner”. {We got a gift card for Christmas, so we didn’t have to pay for the movie or the food! Well, technically we went 39¢ over the gift card, so that’s what we paid for our date.}


Lunch ~ leftovers

Dinner ~ chicken noodle casserole (made with lots of veggies in it)


Lunch ~ lunch at a friend’s house

Dinner ~ quesadilla casserole


Lunch ~ black bean quesadillas with fruit

Dinner ~ Family Dinner Night at church


Lunch ~ vegetable soup with crackers & cheese

Dinner ~ leftovers


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

Dinner ~ chicken, rice, & veggie stir-fry


Lunch ~ black bean quesadillas with fruit

Dinner ~ leftovers

For Friday & Saturday, all of my meals are being provided by a Women’s Retreat I’m attending — I’m so excited about a weekend full of worship & prayer!!


What I spent this week:

Here is my receipt from Walmart this week.

Weekly Menus from Our Cozy Den ~ Feeding a family of SIX for less than $175/month!

What I got: 2 gallons of milk, 2 bags of tortilla chips, 1 package of corn tortillas, 3 pound bag of apples, 1 bag of mixed salad greens, cocoa powder {I’m making brownies for Byron on the last day of Marriage Month!}, bananas, and oranges (price-matched to Aldi’s sale).

Total spent: $21!

Click here to see the rest of my weekly menus, and stay tuned for more money-saving tips!

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