Meal Plan For Family Of 5 On A Budget


Meal plan for family of 5 on a budget. A family of five on a budget trying to eat healthy can be a challenge. Many times you are faced with boring, time consuming and expensive meals. Here is a month’s worth of cheap and healthy ideas that you can make in under 15 minutes, or have cooking while you do other things.


Wonder what in the world we eat on a $200 grocery budget? Here’s our frugal menu plan for the last two weeks. It shows exactly what our family of 5 ate!

I’ve found that a lot of people are really curious to know just what exactly we eat on our $200/mo. grocery budget.  I mean, do we mainly consume rice and beans with the occasional side of chicken?  Or can we actually eat rather normally?

So if you are one of those people that has been skeptical or if you simply want ideas for frugal meals, hopefully, this frugal menu plan showing what we ate the last 2 weeks will be helpful!  Maybe you won’t consider our menu plan normal, but I think we eat pretty well and we are happy with our meals.  So that’s good enough for us!  🙂

If you are interested in learning more about how we eat and grocery shop on a $200/mo. grocery budget here are a couple of other posts you might enjoy reading too:

Also, before you actually read our budget-friendly menu plan, here are a couple of things that are helpful to know:

  • Our family of five consists of two adults with fairly big appetites, a 6-year-old boy, a 3 year-old girl and a 13 month-old girl.
  • I buy lots of fruits and veggies in bulk from local farmers/orchards in the summer and then preserve them by canning or freezing.  (Check out my step by step photo canning tutorials here!)  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.
  • I cook almost totally from scratch.  That means when I make a cake, I rarely use a cake mix.  I make my own bread totally from scratch.  I rarely use pre-packaged sauces.  I make my own cream soups and pie crusts.  Making your own food is typically less expensive and healthier too.
  • We rarely snack.  By eating “heavy” food like granola at breakfast we don’t get hungry until lunchtime.  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 Easy 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 lattehomemade frappe or some other fun beverage every morning.  It’s just one of the little things that I do to add a bit of 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, 3 days a week the lunches are just for the two youngest and I, the other 2 days my husband joins us.  Our son gets lunch at school and 3 days a week my husband takes a packed lunch with him to work.  His lunch typically consists of sandwiches, fruit, homemade yogurt and sometimes random leftovers too.


top view of Mexican chicken in the slow cooker with a large spoon next to other ingredients and blue striped dish towel
Creamy Crockpot Mexican Chicken


  •  At my in-laws all day


  • Homemade Breakfast Burritos (from the freezer); Oranges
  • Creamy Crockpot Mexican Chicken served with rice; Green BeansHomemade Applesauce


  • Various Leftovers; Easy Homemade YogurtHome Canned Peaches and Frozen Blueberries (I preserved)
  • Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup; Sheetz Philly Cheese Steak; Homemade Applesauce; Homemade Chocolate Brownies
    – A new Sheetz gas station opened up nearby and we got a bunch of coupons for free food items.  One of them was this Philly Cheese Steak that I was planning to send with my husband as part of his lunch.  But he insisted that we all enjoy it, so we did!  (We don’t often get this kind of thing due to our tight budget, so it was kind of a treat.)


  • Various Leftovers; Easy Homemade YogurtHome Canned Peaches and Frozen Blueberries (I preserved)
  • Macaroni Beef Skillet; Cooked Carrots (with a sweet and sour sauce on them)Homemade Applesauce; Homemade Chocolate Brownies


  • Leftover Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup; Cheese; Home Canned Peaches and Frozen Blueberries (I preserved)
  • Leftover Creamy Crockpot Mexican Chicken; Leftover Cooked Veggies; Homemade Applesauce; Blonde Brownies (an easy chocolate chip brownie)


  • Various Leftovers; Oranges; Easy 3 Ingredient Healthy Fudge
  • Homemade Chicken Alfredo Pizza (used homemade Healthier Alfredo Sauce and homemade pizza crust and topped with chicken, caramelized onions and of course cheese); Peas; Homemade Applesauce; Ice Cream Bars
    – This homemade pizza crust recipe is awesome!  Not only does it need no time to rise, but you can also 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. 


  • Leftover Creamy Crockpot Mexican Chicken; Leftover Beef Macaroni Skillet; Easy Homemade YogurtHome Canned PeachesEasy 3 Ingredient Healthy Fudge
  • Homemade Cream of Tomato Soup; Sweet Potato Rolls (bought at a local discount store); Cheese; Homemade Shortcake with Frozen Crushed Strawberries (I preserved)
two bowlfuls of cream cheese potato soup with ham
Cream Cheese Potato Soup with Ham


  • Had a carry in meal at our Church—didn’t take anything!
    – I was to help my mother-in-law make a big roaster full of scalloped potatoes and ham, but she insisted on doing it all and letting me have a break.  So sweet of her!
  • Spent the evening with my husband’s family- took enough hot dogs for everyone and 2 qts. of ice cream


  • Various Leftovers; Easy Homemade Yogurt; Apples
  • Creamy Chicken and Rice CasseroleGreen Beans; Homemade Shortcake with Frozen Crushed Strawberries (I preserved)
    – I really loved this chicken and rice dish!  So many of these types of casseroles take cream soup, but this was just a great from-scratch recipe.  The Parmesan cheese and Ritz cracker topping really make it yummy!


  • Various Leftovers; Easy Homemade YogurtHome Canned Peaches and Frozen Blueberries (I preserved)
  • Leftover Homemade Pizza; Salad with Homemade Mexican DressingHomemade Applesauce; Oreos and Milk  🙂


  • Kids: Eggs in a Nest (eggs made in toast); Me: Leftover Cream of Tomato Soup; Cheese; Apples
  • Cream Cheese Potato Soup with Ham; Salad with Homemade Mexican DressingBread Pudding (skipped the sauce and sprinkled with brown sugar instead)


  • Kids: Eggs in a Nest (eggs made in toast); Me: Homemade Breakfast Burrito (from the freezer); All: Easy Homemade Yogurt; Oranges
  • Leftover Creamy Chicken and Rice CasseroleGreen BeansHomemade Applesauce; Cheese; Best Ever Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream
    – This was actually a small birthday party for our 1 yr. old and my parents and a good neighbor/friend ate with us.  And yes, I totally served them leftover casserole!  I added fresh Ritz crackers to the top and no one was any wiser.  Not that they would have cared anyway.  That’s the beauty of family and good friends- they don’t care!


  • Various Leftovers; Easy Homemade YogurtHome Canned Peaches and Frozen Blueberries (I preserved)
  • Scrambled Eggs; Sausage; Toast with Homemade Apple ButterFrozen Fruit SlushDecadent Frosted Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
    – We had guests that joined us for the cheesecake dessert.


  • Home Canned Vegetable Soup; Cheese; Home Canned Peaches and Frozen Blueberries (I preserved)
  • Ate out
    – Ended up getting a free meal because the restaurant we went to was understaffed and was out of a bunch of things, so they offered to refund us our bill!

Feed your family for one week with $200

Feed your family tasty, nutritious food with this meal plan. This meal plan is designed to help those families who may be struggling with rising food costs but also don’t have time or don’t want to be baking and cooking non stop. 

I have selected a range of recipes I use myself. While most is home made, it’s not labour intensive. This will be helpful especially if you work or have a hectic evening. 

At Coles you can get everything you need for $200. This will cover breakfast, lunch and dinner for 4 people. You’ll need to have only oil, salt and pepper in your pantry. 

I will try and do a few of these so that if you’re really needing help you have some options. This will help with using up leftovers like rice or spices etc. You can still eat cheaper than this if you need to but that will require more effort with shopping round, cooking more from scratch and building a pantry of basics like flour, spices etc.


The Meal Plan

Breakfast options



Oats with honey (overnight or porridge),

8 eggs (this is what is left from the carton after 4 have been used to dinners)

Lunch options


Leftovers if available 

Sandwiches. Filling options: Tuna, chicken, spinach, cheese, Mayo, tomato (if left from tacos), carrot, onion, bacon.

Dinner options

  • Spaghetti carbonara with steamed vegetables
  • Chilli con carne
  • Pumpkin soup
  • Pork stir fry
  • Mayonnaise chicken
  • Chinese corn soup
  • Tacos 

Snack options

  • Dip
  • Crackers
  • Carrots
  • Chicken bites
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Bananas
  • Strawberry yoghurt
  • Vanilla yoghurt
  • Cheese 

Sweet options

  • Vanilla wafers
  • Peaches
  • Scotch fingers

Drink options

  • Water
  • Milk

Here you can find links to the recipes I have used within this meal plan.


  • Overnight Oats
  • Porridge: follow oat packet directions. Use water or milk and serve with honey.


  • Shredded chicken for sandwiches
  • Chicken Salad
  • Tuna Salad


  • Spaghetti Carbonara
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Stir Fry (use Pork mince option)
  • Mayonaise Chicken
  • Chinese Corn Soup
  • Tacos

Shopping List

This is a list of ALL the items you will need to make this meal plan for your family. At Coles, today, this comes to $201.13. Not much is on special as it’s a lot of essentials. This price will fluctuate with the cost of fresh produce and available brands.

You can always make changes to this list. Think of it as a starting point if you’ve seen a few things you’d rather not eat.

  • 5 x Bread
  • 1kg Cheese block
  • 1kg Bacon
  • 1 dip
  • 1 strawberry yoghurt
  • 1 vanilla yoghurt
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 x 3Lt Milk
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Margarine
  • Sour Cream
  • Frozen Carrots
  • Frozen Cauliflower
  • Frozen Mixed veg
  • 12 Bananas
  • 1kg Onion
  • 1 Cos Lettuce
  • 2 Potatoes
  • 4kg Apples
  • 1.5kg Carrots
  • 2kg Pears
  • 900g Pumpkin
  • 120g Spinach
  • 3kg Oranges
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1.5kg beef mince
  • 500g pork mince
  • 750g chicken breast chunks (mayo chicken)
  • 5 Chicken breasts (from the deli)
  • Beef stock cubes
  • Chicken Stock Cubes
  • Condensed Cream of Chicken soup
  • Canned Corn
  • Taco Shells
  • Corn Flour
  • 2 x crackers
  • 2 x creamed corn
  • French onion soup mix
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Long grain rice
  • 2 x Mexican seasoning
  • Curry Powder
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Spaghetti
  • Quick Oats (or regular)
  • Red kidney beans
  • Scotch finger biscuits
  • 825g tinned peaches
  • Baked beans
  • Chicken snack bites
  • Mayonnaise
  • Tortillas
  • Salsa
  • 425g Tuna in springwater
  • Vanilla wafers

Healthy & Cheap Meal Plan to Feed a Family of 5 for $65/Week

Are you wondering where this year has gone to already? It feels like it has just flown right by us, doesn’t it?

But what do you do if you are working on a budget, and you didn’t get much from the summer garden this year? Life happens. I totally get it.

However, I also know that when you rely heavily on food you grow yourself and things just don’t pan out, that it can wreak havoc on your family’s financial situation.

So I wanted to encourage you by sharing a few tips on how I have been known to feed my family of 5 during rough seasons of life on less than $65 per week. I’m also supplying a meal plan and shopping list.

Now, keep in mind, my grocery pricing may vary from yours depending on where you are located. I also assumed that you had nothing in your kitchen so you may already have a lot of items on this list.

How To Feed Your Family on the Cheap

1. Scratch Made is Your Friend

When it comes to eating on a budget, you need to go scratch made. This means that you need to make as many meals as possible homemade.

But just because they are homemade does not mean that they need to be difficult. So think basic, think inexpensive, think homemade, and you’ll be well on your way to eating much cheaper than most.

2. Simplicity Is In

When I try to cook on a budget, I have to remind myself to think of simple meals. If the meal is overly complicated, I’m not going to want to cook it. Let’s be real, if you are shopping on an extremely frugal budget, you are probably going through a rough patch. That is exhausting enough!

So don’t compound the issue by trying to be Betty Crocker. Just come up with some basic meals that won’t require fancy ingredients. The more simple the ingredient, usually, the cheaper it is as well.

3. Left Overs Are Meant to be Eaten

This is a big one. If you prepare too much food, don’t toss it. I’m the worst for being tired after preparing 5 meals a day in my house.

So I’ll just toss it to the kitchen and think, “Well, I just saved us on feed.” Ummm, no! I just cost myself another meal that I have to prepare…again. Remember to save those left overs so you can reheat them on a lazy night or if you have had a crazy day and are rushed to prepare a meal.

4. Think (and Cook) Ahead

This is another big one for me. I used to try to think about dinner right at dinner time. That is a huge no-no because most likely something I’m preparing will take a little time.

Now, I think about dinner as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning. We have a dry-erase board that I use for homeschool. I list every meal that we will eat that day and begin making preparations first thing in the morning. You can also cook ahead as well and freeze it so you can just thaw out what you need. This is a great website to help you with freezer cooking your meals.

5. Basic is a Bonus

I’ve mentioned making your meals as simple as possible, but what about your beverages. If you drink a lot of soft drinks, then you’ve just busted your budget because they aren’t cheap.

So try to drink more water, tea, and powdered drinks (if the kids absolutely hate water!) This will save you quite a bit of money. But don’t forget your coffee. In my house, coffee is a must!

6. Pretend to be Vegetarian

You don’t have to completely give up meat, but being willing to give it up a few times a week will save you a lot of money right off the top of your grocery budget.

Not to mention, eating plant based meals from time to time is actually really healthy for you. So if you are on a budget, look for other ways to get your needed protein outside of regular meat products.

7. Just Freeze It

Did a little bit of Michael Jackson lyrics just run through your head? Well, they did mine, but that is besides the points. If you have a lot of one meal left over, and you don’t feel like eating the same thing for a week, then freeze it.

Actually, it is so simple. Pull out a freezer bag or freezer safe container, fill it up, seal it, and pop it in the freezer. Most items in the freezer will last for a few months. When you want them, just pull them out, thaw them out, reheat, and enjoy. This is another great way to have a quick, go-to meal after a rough day.

8. Multiply Your Ingredients

When you grocery shop, you don’t want to have to buy a bunch of different stuff. Not only will it make it easier to forget something on your list, but it can also get expensive.

So the goal is to look for ways to use the same ingredients purchased over and over again. That way you will be more likely to have what you need when cooking, and your ingredients should remain inexpensive too.

9. Waste Not, Want Not

It is important to utilize everything that you have when you are working with a super tight budget. This means that you can’t waste anything.

So if you open your fridge and realize that something is getting ready to go bad, then you’ll need to utilize it ASAP so you don’t lose that investment.

10. Find Frugal Friends

It will help you if you have friends that you can rely on for tips and support who are also seeking out ways to feed their families in a frugal fashion.

But if you don’t have any close by, you can always rely on online friends and websites. My favorite website that gives me encouraging frugal recipes that are also very delicious is Hillbilly Housewife. You can also use My Fridge Food as well. You enter in what ingredients you have on hand, and they give you a recipe to utilize those ingredients. Both are great resources to have when you are trying to save money and keep everyone fed.

11. Plan Your Meals

Planning your meals is another vital tip you’ll need when trying to eat on a budget. You have to be intentional about what you are fixing so you know what to buy.

So you’ll want to always make a meal plan and a grocery list before spending any of your grocery budget. You can also add up what you are buying to make sure you are staying in budget as well.

12. Stick to the List

Then you have to actually stick to the list when you head to the grocery store. It is so easy to want to pick up extra items.

But you have to be smart about it. Take only the cash you have in your budget so you have no back up if you go over, and also be sure to eat before you head to the grocery store as well. That way you’ll kind of force yourself into being disciplined about your grocery shopping.

13. Just Order In

No, I don’t mean order food in the way you might be thinking. A lot of grocery stores now have an option where you can place your order online (and some even deliver.) If you have this option, use it.

Though, the service usually costs an extra $5 or so, you never step foot in the store and therefore, avoid all of the temptations of buying what is not on your list. It is very helpful when trying to stick to a budget.

14. Tell Processed to Go Away!

You will want to make sure that you don’t purchase any processed food, even if it is on sale for about $1 each. The reason is that it doesn’t actually go that far.

For example, when we first became a family of 5 I thought I would do well to purchase some boxed dinners for $1 a box plus the cost of the meat. I soon realized I was spending a lot more than what it cost just to make it from scratch. There are a few items that are less expensive prepackaged, but with most processed foods, that is not the case.

15. Once a Month Is Plenty

Finally, you’ll want to be sure that you only grocery shop around once a month. This may sound strict, but the less you enter the grocery store, the less money you spend.

So do yourself a favor, avoid the grocery store. Buy only what you need for the month (if at all possible) so you won’t blow your budget. I realize not everyone has this option, but if you do, then utilize it.

$65/week Meal Plan for a Family of 5

Week #1:

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal
  • A.M. Snack: Cinnamon Toast
  • Lunch: Vegetable Soup
  • P.M. Snack: Banana
  • Dinner:
    • Day 1: Pintos, cornbread, and greens
    • Day 2: Refried beans, Spanish rice, and chicken tortillas (You can use oil in the place of lard for the tortillas recipe)
    • Day 3: Black beans and rice with polish sausage (add whatever spices you want to your beans to get the flavor you desire. Also you can cook them in stock to help add flavor as well.)
    • Day 4: Black bean soup with rice
    • Day 5: Left over black bean soup
    • Day 6: Pintos and fried potatoes
    • Day 7: Left Over Day

Week #2:

  • Breakfast: Cornmeal mush
  • A.M. Snack: Cinnamon Toast
  • Lunch: Peanut butter and banana wrap with raisins (for the kids); Bean wraps with Mexican salad (for the adults) Mexican salad is just lettuce, tomato, guacamole, and sour cream.
  • P.M. Snack: Banana
  • Dinner:
    • Day 1: Lentil Sloppy Joes with salad (use lentils in place of ground beef)
    • Day 2: Spaghetti and carrot
    • Day 3: Baked spaghetti (use leftover spaghetti, cover with more tomato sauce and cheese, then bake at 400° Fahrenheit until bubbly and brown.
    • Day 4: Ramen Noodles with veggies (Just prepare the noodles and add sautéed vegetables of choice to them. I like onions and celery.)
    • Day 5: Homemade Pizzas
    • Day 6: Pintos and cornbread
    • Day 7: Left Over Day

Week #3:

  • Breakfast: Rice cereal
  • A.M. Snack: Cinnamon toast
  • Lunch: Chicken salad on crackers (for adults); Grilled cheese with carrots and dip (for kids)
  • P.M. Snack: Applesauce
  • Dinner:
    • Day 1: Veggie stir fry
    • Day 2: Pancakes, eggs, and bacon
    • Day 3: Egg frittata (this is just eggs with vegetables and spices baked in the oven until done.)
    • Day 4: Biscuits and gravy
    • Day 5: Loaded mashed potatoes (add sautéed onions, garlic, cheese, etc.) and polish sausage
    • Day 6: Fried potato cakes and greens (use leftover mashed potatoes)
    • Day 7: Left Over Day

Week #4

  • Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles
  • A.M. Snack: Cinnamon toast
  • Lunch: Egg salad sandwiches with sliced veggies and dip (for the adults); Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with sliced veggies and dip (for the kids)
  • P.M. Snack: Applesauce
  • Dinner:
    • Day 1: Breakfast- French toast and bacon (this would also be a great time to use up any eggs you don’t think you’ll use this month.)
    • Day 2: Pintos and cornbread
    • Day 3: Chili (use leftover pintos in this recipe)
    • Day 4: Black bean soup
    • Day 5: Leftover black bean soup
    • Day 6: Lentil sloppy joes with any unused veggies for the month
    • Day 7: Left Over Day

Black Bean Soup Recipe

  • 2 cups of dried beans
  • 1 onion
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • Optional: jalapenos for heat (which I love)


  1. Soak the black beans over night. Then place them in your slow cooker (or on your stove) and let them cook all day on low. Be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t run out of water. Add water to them as needed.
  2. When beans are done, set them aside.
  3. In a small pan, with a couple of tablespoons of oil, toss a diced onion in on medium heat until it is basically see-through.
  4. Add the garlic, but stir constantly so it doesn’t burn. After 2 minutes, pull the mixture off of the heat.
  5. In a large soup pot, add the beans, onion and garlic mixture, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, and the optional jalapenos. Add water (or stock) until the mixture is covered. You can throw in some beef bouillon too for extra flavor. Bring to a boil, then allow to simmer for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Then serve. I like to add shredded cheese, crackers, more jalapenos, and hot sauce. It tastes great!

Vegetable Soup Recipe

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic
  • 1 bag of mixed veggies
  • 1 container of tomato juice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 cube of beef bouillon


  1. Brown the hamburger meat until there is no pink left. Add the diced onion and allow it to cook. Then drain the fat off of the mixture.
  2. Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and allow it to cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Add desired toppings (like cheese, crackers, etc.) and serve.

Fried Potato Cakes

  • Left over mashed potatoes
  • ½-1 cup of milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic
  • Shredded cheese


  1. Sautee your diced onion and garlic in a couple of tablespoons of oil until they are soft.
  2. Put cold mashed potatoes in a bowl. Add the sautéed veggie mix, milk, salt and pepper to taste, and desired amount of shredded cheese. Then mix until it is a thick mixture.
  3. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a pan over medium heat. Add a small dab of the potato mixture to the oil. When you see the oil begin to bubble around the potatoes, then the oil is ready.
  4. Spoon a round amount of potato mixture into the hot oil. Press down gently to make it into a round cake. Let cook until golden brown on one side. Then flip over and allow it to cook on the other side.
  5. When finished, place on a plate with a paper towel so the excess oil can drain. Sprinkle extra salt as desired. I like to serve my potato cakes with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Grocery List

2Packs of fresh chicken$5 each$10
3Bags of frozen mixed veggies$1 each$3
Beef bouillon cubes$1$1
Tomato Juice$3$3
1Big roll of ground beef$8$8
412oz Cans of crushed tomatoes$1.50 each$6
1Bag of black beans$1.50$1.50
4Packs of smoked sausage$2.50 each$10
210lb Bags of potatoes$5 each$10
4Green bell peppers69 cents each$2.76
3Large cans of tomato sauce$1 each$3
Brown sugar$1$1
12Pack Ramen Noodles$2.50$30
2Packs of pepperoni$2 each$4
2Frozen stir fry veggies$1$2
2Packs of bacon$3 each$6
Gravy mix$3$3
2Bags of fresh greens$2 each$4
Breakfast sausage$2$2
Chili powder$1$1
2Cans of tomato paste50 cents each$1
25lb Bags of rice$3 each$6
3Bags of all purpose flour$2 each$6
Baking powder$2$2
5Dozen eggs$2 each$10
4Gallons of milk$3 each$12
Vanilla extract$1$1
2Bags of pinto beans$1 each$2
6Small bags of shredded cheese$2 each$12
Sliced cheese$1$1
2Small container of sour cream$1$2
2Avocadoes$2 each$4
3Heads of lettuce$1 each$3
2Bags of onions$2 each$4
Packaged minced garlic$2$2
Black pepper$1$1
3Bags of bread flour$3 each$9
3Boxes of margarine$1 a box$3
77Bananasabout .28 cents each$22
2Large containers of applesauce$3 each$6
Peanut Butter$2$2
3Containers of mayonnaise$2 each$6
5lb bag of carrots$3$3
3Ranch mix packets$1 each$3
2Boxes of crackers$1 each$2
 Total: $251.32 + tax

Well, hopefully these tips, grocery shopping list (with estimated costs), and menu plan will give you some ideas of some frugal meals to feed your family.

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