2 Weeks of Groceries for a Family of 6 for $91
Then I began homeschooling a second child and several months later I realized that I did not have time for both homeschooling and couponing so I choose to give up couponing and make grocery shopping easier.
Since January I have planned my meals for 2 weeks and then head out to Winco to buy those two weeks worth of groceries at once. And then participate in Bountiful Baskets during the weeks I don’t go grocery shopping for more fresh produce. It makes my life easier, we’re eating healthier and I’m only spending about $50 more a month. So typically around $250 a month which I think is pretty great for a family of 6 who rarely eat out. My four kids range in age from 19 months to 7 years so of course a family with older kids may not be able to get away with spending only $250 but my kids do eat a lot and they are homeschooled so they’re not getting the free lunches they would qualify for if they were going to public school.
Recently in Provo a new grocery store opened up called Lo Lo’s Food Warehouse and looking through their ads it looked like their produce prices were pretty amazing so I began stopping off at Lo Lo’s for produce and then heading over to Winco for everything else. Well this week the flier had a coupon for $15 off if you spend $100. I decided to see what I could buy for $100. So I began to go down my grocery list and place everything in the cart while keeping a mental calculation of how much everything cost. Well I ended up totalling everything I needed for 2 weeks worth of dinners, lunches, breakfasts and snacks for about $106, take off the $15 and my total was just over $91!!!
If you don’t count snacks this comes to just over $2 per meal divided by 6 people that 33 cents per serving. Way cheaper and way healthier than buying your kids a happy meal.
So before sharing my menu plan for the next two weeks I should mention that I did have some ingredients already on hand. I had to buy most of it but I did have to buy some household items such as 36 rolls of toilet paper so it evens out.
Here we go. 2 weeks of low cost and easy to prepare meals.
- Turkey burgers and fries.
- Homemade Mac and Cheese with salad
- Vegetable Lasagna
- Homemade Pizza
- Vegetable Lo-mein
- Tortilla Casserole
- Turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole
- Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches.
- One Pot Pasta dish
- Tikka Masala
- Broccoli Pasta Salad with Chicken
- Chili and cornbread
- Sandwiches (Tuna, PB &J, Cucumber & Tomato)
- Hash browns with Omlets
- Eggs, turkey bacon, waffles
- Muffins (homemade) with fruit
- Animal crackers
- veggie slices with ranch
- yogurt (home made and yoplait)
- Celery with peanut butter and raisins
Family Home Evening Treats
- Homemade ice cream
- Peanut Butter Cookies with Hershey’s kisses in the middle. (Sariah’s idea)
After completing my shopping I realized that I wrote burritos down twice so we will just have it twice That is why there are only 13 different dinners.