How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 a Month: June 2016 Bi-weekly Meal Plan

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It’s  been a while since I have been active on the blog.  My new love for YouTube and finishing up the homeschool year has kept me from having the time and energy to write.  That doesn’t mean I won’t be writing in the future.  I just have to figure out a way to balance it all.  You know how it is, moms.  We have so much on our plates, something has to be let go or we get super overwhelmed.  In my case, it was writing.  I am sure you understand.

Of course, if you miss me, you can always run over to my YouTube channel, called- The Fundamental Home.  I am posting there every day.

Anyway, this week, I did my 6 month video update on the “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 a Month” series.  If you haven’t read that blog series, there are five parts.  Here are the links to each part:

Part 1: Organization and Discipline

Part 2: Menu and Inventory

Part 3: The Process with Video and Tips 

Part 4: Making Your Groceries Stretch (this is my favorite part)

Part 5: Tips to Make the Most of Your Budget

The last video I made for the series was in January after we had been snowed in for two weeks.  I have been so surprised by the number of views and comments on that video.  People are asking the same questions over and over.   I think I am going to do a follow-up video and answer those questions, even though, if folks read the comments, they could probably find the answers they are looking for.

But I digress.

So, here we are with the new update.  I went shopping with Briana yesterday, and we found lots of great bargains.  You will see in the video that I did use one coupon, which I don’t normally do.  Hey, if you give me a coupon to get something for free, I will use it!  I also went to several stores.  We had the time and energy, and I wanted to try some new stops.  Normally, I don’t drive around so much because it defeats the cost-saving purpose, but you have to check out the competition every once in a while.  Otherwise, you might miss out on a deal.  Here’s the video:

I like to share my menu plan after I do a shopping video.  This way, you can see how I use my purchases.  I did shop on Friday this week.  We had enough that I didn’t have to run out on Thursday, my usual shopping day.  This was good because I had made plans to go see one of my new YouTube friends.  It was a blast!  So, the plan is for Friday to the 2nd Thursday.  I have links to some that have videos.  Without further ado, here’s our menu plan…

Friday, June 3, 2016- Chicken/Salsa Wraps with Flavored Rice

Saturday- Chicken/Salsa Wraps with Flavored Rice (there was a TON leftover, and it was delicious!)

Sunday- (church) Meaty Chili with baked potatoes

Monday- (Mom’s Coffee Night) Chicken and Rice Soup with Salad

Tuesday- Chicken and Rice Soup with Salad  (my family likes this better on the 2nd day than on the 1st)

Wednesday- (church) Arms Family Homestead Dish

Thursday- Roast

Friday- (Church Youth Trip) Dad- Leftovers, Mom and kids- Eating with Youth Group

Saturday- Italian Sausage Soup

Sunday- (church, Evening Fellowship)  Split Chicken Breast with Rice and Choice of Vegetable (freeze leftover chicken)

Monday- Roast Turkey Breast with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, Squash Casserole, and Pumpkin Pie

Tuesday- (Homeschool Group End of Year Party) Turkey Vegetable Soup

Wednesday-  (church) Gluten Free Spaghetti with Ground Beef

Thursday- Vegetarian Chili with Baked Potatoes

Click the links to check out how I make some of those dishes.  They are TOOOOO good!!  You will see my stainless cookware.  It is so hard to find quality cookware at a good price, but I did!!   When I told my sister about it, she ordered a set, too.  True story.

Anywho, if you want to know more about saving on groceries, you should definitely head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe.  I have other recipe videos, money saving tips, and every Friday, I share a recipe made by me or another YouTube friend.  It’s part of a series I am running with my friend, Tangi the Caver’s Wife (you should subscribe to her, too!), called “Frugal Family Food”  (Click the link to view the playlist of all the recipes).  There is even an AWESOME!!!!!!  Facebook group for those who want to share frugal recipes and tips.  It has helped me SOOOO much.  Seriously.  Someone shared a tip for saving on spices last week, and I was AMAZED (shop in the international aisle, not the spice aisle)!  Click this link (this one right here) to join the group!

You can check out my Pinterest page for more ideas on what we eat.  That’s how we are eating in the coming weeks.  As you can see, we are very busy with upcoming events.  I am looking forward to the slower (so they say) summer months.

How is your grocery budgeting going?  Let me know in the comments section below.  Let’s encourage one another!

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24 thoughts on “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 a Month: June 2016 Bi-weekly Meal Plan

  • June 4, 2016 at 9:38 pm
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    The chicken wraps sound good. Where can I find the recipe?

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      • June 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm
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        i make this too. the first meal we eat on rice and then the leftovers i roll it in flour tortillas and make a white sauce for enchiladas.

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  • June 18, 2016 at 2:19 pm
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    Hi, I’m amazed and very impressed at how low your food budget is. The menu above lists several delicious-sounding entrees. Do you eat something different for breakfast?

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  • August 20, 2016 at 1:48 pm
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    I hate that you feel like you have to justify your food choices for your family, but that’s the internet for you! You’re doing an awesome job with your money! I’m so curious about the discount grocery store. You got some serious deals there! I wonder how you found it and if I could find one like it locally.

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    • August 20, 2016 at 10:43 pm
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      Hey Jamie! Thanks for tweeting! A discount grocery is also called a salvage grocery or a discount grocery. They don’t tend to advertise, but if you ask your most frugal friends, they just might know if one is nearby. I am getting used to all the opinions on the internet- slowly, but surely 🙂

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  • September 26, 2016 at 4:40 am
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    We go through a lot of milk at my house. We are a family of 7 (2 of which don’t drink the milk) and I buy 8 gallons a week. It’s not something I really want to cut out, although I would love to cut down. What would you suggest here?

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    • September 26, 2016 at 11:41 am
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      To cut down, I would take a hard look at everyone’s milk drinking habits. Are they pouring a glass when they are bored? Are they filling the cereal bowl- we don’t eat cereal usually, and that make a HUGE difference in milk consumption? If you want to cut back, you have to be willing to set limits. You have to be willing to say, only water between meals or only water at meals or cereal only twice a week. That’s what I would recommend.

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  • September 26, 2016 at 6:04 pm
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    Hello 😊 I’ve really enjoyed your blog & YouTube channel. I’m curious to know how you budget for your non-food shopping (i.e. Toiletries cleaning products etc). Thank you 😉

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  • October 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm
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    I know this is probably covered in another post, but I’m having a hard time finding it – how do you make sure produce doesn’t spoil in two weeks? I love the idea of shopping twice a month – less money and less time. But for things like lettuce or salad mix, can you do anything to keep them more fresh? It seems like most of our salad mixes will go bad in about a week. I’m thinking of just buying romaine hearts and shredding them as needed, but thought I’d ask how you kept your produce fresh. Thank you so much for the inspiring blog content and positivity!

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    • October 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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      I actually haven’t covered it, but it is a great idea 🙂 My husband has worked in produce for almost 20 years AND he grew up on a farm. He is my resident expert in keeping produce fresh. There are so many things we do. The things that are likely to go bad, we eat first. The things that last, we save to the end. Salad mix really can’t be helped. Lettuce can be soaked to freshen up, but it doesn’t last too long.

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  • November 10, 2016 at 11:56 pm
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    HI i was wondering what a discounted grocery store is…around here Aldi is our discounted grocery store.

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    • November 12, 2016 at 4:14 am
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      It is also called a salvage or thrift grocery store. Aldi is not the kind of discount store I am referring to, although it is an excellent place to shop.

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  • March 3, 2017 at 11:29 pm
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    I don’t know of any “discount stores” in my area (Houston, TX), but you can find some good deals at a dollar store or Family Dollar. You just need to know your prices because not everything there is a good deal. I also always look on the discount or mark down shelves at the grocery store (usually located in a back corner of the store). Sometimes you can find some good deals on canned and packaged good that have damage to the packaging. If there is a “day old” bread store in the area, utilize it. Also, check out the bulk bins in the big chain stores. You can get crazy good prices on spices, specialty flours/grains and nuts. This is great if you are trying new recipes or diets because you can buy them in small amounts while experimenting and you don’t have to commit to buying large quantities of products you might never use again.

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  • August 1, 2017 at 5:13 pm
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    Amanda, thank you for sharing your inspiring frugal tips. I think you’ve started something. When my friend Patti Cake from PattyCakesPantry.com challenged me to $25-per-week food budgeting, I said, “There’s no way!” Guess what! I did it – at least so far, the first week. It’s a fun challenge and one that I can definitely use right now for saving money to go for other needs.

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  • August 9, 2017 at 2:26 pm
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    I like to purchase Romaine lettuce in the 3 packs.

    As soon as I get home, I slice off 1/4 inch of the bottom and set the stalks in a bowl of water. You can use the original package to cover the tops and just put in the fridg.

    Every othe day, slice off a bit more of the bottom, change the water and put back in the fridg.

    My lettuce has lasted 10 days using this process.

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