$60 Bi-Weekly Meal Plan- Extra for a Long Term Guest

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I did it.  I went over my budget.  Actually, this is the SECOND time in a row I went over budget.  On my last shopping trip I went WAY over with junk food.  You can check out the haul for that trip here.  In fairness, I went over and bought the junk food on that trip because I was recovering from gall bladder surgery, and I needed some easy things for my family to make and eat.  I wish I had enough time to prepare meals in advance, but I didn’t.  That’s just the way it goes sometimes.

Anyway…  This time, there is ANOTHER emergency situation that has caused us to expand the budget.  My mother is staying with us for a while.  She lives one street from the ocean on the SC coast, and she was forced to evacuate because of Hurricane Matthew.  We are not sure how long she will need to stay, so we planned to include her in our meals for the next two weeks.  Since I have a family of 5, and we normally budget $50 for two weeks (check out How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month for more info), that means we normally budget $10 per week per person.  So, I added $10 for my mom for a total of $60 to spend on this bi-weekly budget.

The menu plan for the coming weeks has proved to be a little tricky, though.  It’s not all because of my mom.  It’s because I have a LOT going on.  We have revival coming up.  There is our homeschool co-op and a Mom’s night out.  Plus, I have a doctor’s appointment. It just feels like I need an easy meal or crockpot meal just about every night.  The thing is, that gets boring, and it’s just not possible.  So, I finally came up with a meal plan, but I am still not 100% happy with it.  I may be hitting Pinterest up.  Still, I wanted to share with you what I have down.  It may help you to make a plan for your week.  Here it is…

Thursday (yesterday, 10/6)- Steak, Alfredo Pasta, Mashed Potatoes, and Broccoli

Friday (10/7)- Broccoli Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake, Garlic Bread

Saturday (10/8)- Chicken Soup

Sunday (10/9)-  Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Broccoli

Monday (10/10)-Mom’s Night Out- Hamburger Pizza

Tuesday (10/11)- Ham Pot Pie

Wednesday (10/12)- Ham and Bean Soup 

Thursday (10/13)- White chicken chili 

Friday (10/14)- Taco Ring, Corn

Saturday (10/15)- Meatball sandwiches, fried potatoes

Sunday (10/16)- Revival- Spaghetti

Monday (10/17)- Revival/ Co-op- Meaty Chili 

Tuesday (10/18)- Revival/ Dr. Appt.- Chicken Burrito Bowl

Wednesday (10/19)- Revival- Chicken Soup

That’s the plan for now.  If you want to check out my grocery haul video, I am happy to share that with you.  Check it out and see what I purchased.  I got some great deal on gluten free pasta and grass fed beef.  I also explain how I have been craving broccoli.  You will also notice that there is a clip of our newest Frugal Family Food meal.  You may want to check that out, too 🙂  Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already!

I hope all of this information is helpful to you if you are looking to save on your grocery budget.  If you need more tips and check, join our Frugal Family Food Facebook group.  There is so much great stuff being shared over there!  You will be happy you did!

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10 thoughts on “$60 Bi-Weekly Meal Plan- Extra for a Long Term Guest

  • October 7, 2016 at 6:49 pm
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    I so look forward to every two weeks because I know you will be shopping and posting your deals AND then taking the time to share with us what you will be doing with the food for your meals. I really do track when your shopping trips are going to happen. I just want you to know that I so appreciate you spending the time to do this. We don’t have discount stores where I live so much more expensive but I love Aldi and the discount stores where you shop seeing the deals you get there and so wish we could get one. Love your energy about the deals you find and that transfers over to your viewers to be determined to find the best deals and stretch the groceries purchased by meal planning. You could have so much more time to yourself if you didn’t blog, post on Youtube and Family Frugal Food, etc. but it is changing people’s lives and helping them to be in control of their spending and being creative with their food budget. All of that carries over into other areas of our lives and just not being wasteful and being so thankful for what we do have. Your time is so precious and I thank you for giving so much of yourself to your followers. YOU ARE A BLESSING and I thank your family for sharing you with us.

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    • October 8, 2016 at 2:53 am
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      Thank you so very much! I appreciate your kindness. I enjoy sharing my deals and menu. It encourages me to stay on track. I am so thankful that it helps others, too. You are a blessing!

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  • October 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm
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    I am enjoying all your posts on your blog and and You Tube. I am amazed at how much you accomplish. I would like to recommend another blog entitled ‘Fugal Abundance’. Maggie’s gluten free/dairy free section called ‘Hard Times GFDF’ may be useful to your tight budget and dietary restrictions.

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  • November 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm
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    Thanks for sharing. I love your Youtube channel and i think I am now following in every way i can. I have a big family and try hard to work on a meal plan and budgeting for my family’s food cost (this is something i can control). It has been a bit of a challenge but i am enjoying the journey. I love your family’s values. Your Blog and Youtube are such inspiration. You have a sweet spirit. Thanks you for letting us share you faith and family.

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  • January 12, 2017 at 12:32 am
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    Our household may be growing by an extra 5 people mouths, and two canine beasties. My daughter’s best friend lives with her grandmother, as well as 3 younger siblings. Grandma had a fall yesterday, and while she is ok, her doctor wants her to stay off of her feet for at least a month. These kids are great, but I have never seen them willingly eat a vegetable.
    My husband was disabled about a year ago, and our budget can only stretch so much. Any suggestions?
    The closest thing we have to a discount store here is a freight salvage store, and I have already picked them dry 😃

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    • January 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm
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      Wow! My only suggestion is to stay organized. That is the only way you will keep things on budget with a crew that large.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 8:46 pm
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    I just found your blog. I interested in your concept. What I would like to about your budget is, does it cover breakfast, lunch and dinner? Does it also allow for fresh fruit and vegetables other than potatoes, and canned items? Most important to a lot of families desserts??

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    • March 16, 2017 at 2:45 am
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      You can find more information about how we budget and what we eat in the blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month.” I linked you to the first part. Short answers are yes, that includes every meal, fresh fruits and veggies, and desserts. You could also check out my YouTube channel to see videos, including my food diary series and grocery hauls. There, you can see exactly what we eat.

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