Meal Planning

7 Meals for Under $50

7 meals for under $50

How I get 7 Meals For under $50

My family has had to discover and explore ways to save money on meals, like making 7 meals for under,$50. Let me be the first to say, it isn’t easy feeding five people on a tight budget! However, this can be done. One of the ways I have found to help the most is by meal planing. I know there are tons of bloggers who talk about meal planning. There is a reason so many of us talk about it, that’s because it WORKS!

When I first started looking into how much money I spend on groceries each month I realized there is no way we could survive spending that much for meals. I had to seriously re-evaluate everything I was doing wrong. (which seemed like everything) That was when I came across meal planning. Game changer for sure! So I want to share with you a sample of how I use meal planning and as a result, I save hundreds of dollars every month on groceries.

If you are new to saving please read Five Ways To Start SavingThis gives you simple ways to ease your way into saving money.

Here are 7 Meals Ideas For Under $50 

7 meals for under $50

  1.  Spaghetti
    Noodles:  $1
    Pasta Sauce: $1.50
    Ground beef $1.99
    Bread $1.00
    Total : $5.50
  2. Chicken Pot (no) Pie
    2 cans of cream of chicken $2.00
    1 package of mixed frozen veggies $1.50
    2 cups of shredded chicken ( I buy bone-in chicken breasts on sale for $.79/lb cook, shred and freeze into 2 cup portions.,so you will have left over chicken) $3.00
    Biscuits $1.50 (or make your own to save more)
    Total: $8.00
  3. Chili
    1 Large can of Pinto beans ( I buy these at Aldi) $1.50
    3 small cans of tomato sauce (Aldi) $1.00
    Ground beef $1.99
    Shredded cheese $2.00
    Chili seasoning $1.00 (or make your own to save more)
  4. Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches 
    Deli Ham $3.00
    Bread 1.00
    Cheese slices $2.00
    Chips $2.00
    Total: $8.00
  5. Pan Fried Pork Chops
    5 Pork chops $5.00
    Mac and Cheese $1.00
    Total: $6.00
  6. Chicken Alfredo
    11 1/2 cups of shredded Chicken $.00 (remember you had left over from Chicken Pot (no pie so this will cost you nothing)
    Sauce $1.50
    Noodles $1.00
    Bread $1.00
    Total $3.50
  7. Breakfast Casserole
    Hasbrowns  $2.00
    Bacon $4.00
    Eggs $1.00 (you really just need one egg )
    Shredded Cheese $2.00
    Onion $1.00
    Total: $9.00

Total For All 7 meals : $47.50! Plus tax of course That means 7 meals for LESS than $50!

Most everything on this list you can buy at Wal-Mart. I did add a few select items that are cheaper at ALDI. You can make these meals even cheaper if you shop solely at ALDI. I wanted to give you an idea of what the cost would be if you did not go out of your way to find the cheapest price for all ingredients. Keep an eye out because I will be adding these recipes to my blog in the near future as I make them. For now you can also see  Homemade Cashew Chicken (no cashews) if you need another great recipe to add to your meal plan.

  “Have you started meal planning yet?”






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