Featured this week with our Weekly Meal Plan are Cheap Family Dinner Ideas. Here are seven recipes that will help you get dinner on the table every night this week without spending a lot of money.
Feeding a family can be a challenge some weeks. Especially if you have a very tight budget. But with a little creativity, planning and our Weekly Meal Plan, you can still feed your family this week without spending a lot of money.
If your family is like mine, they don't like having the same recipe over and over again. I think you're going to enjoy trying these new recipes this week. AND there's something new with our meal plan also this week!
Cheap Meal Plans
If you're struggling with getting meals together without spending a lot of money, I suggest you start planning out your meals.
Once you get into the habit of planning everything out, you'll be able to see the real amount of money you're spending on food.
I remember when our daughter was born, my husband was only working three different part time jobs. Money was very scarce back then! I would go grocery shopping with a meal plan in one hand and my grocery list in the other hand.
But the most important tool I carried with me was my calculator! I would add everything up as it went into my cart to make sure I was going over my budget. There were many times I had to put items back, but we survived and it has helped me realize the importance of planning everything out...down to the penny.
Cheap Meal Planning
This is just an example of how I like to meal plan. You could also incorporate a “leftover meal” or even “clean out the refrigerator” night. This is something we do at least once a week.
- Monday - 3-Ingredient Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos
- Tuesday - Sloppy Joe Pasta
- Wednesday - Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
- Thursday - Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
- Friday - Mexican Rice Skillet Dinner
- Saturday - French Bread Pizza
- Sunday - Hamburgers with Homemade Mushroom Gravy
Now, pick a side dish to serve with the recipes listed above. Side dishes should include potatoes or rice along with one or two veggies. A tossed salad with homemade ranch salad dressing is always nice too.
Click the photo or button below to print your own Cheap Family Dinner Ideas plan with shopping list and freezer list printables.
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There are quite a few printables to help you get dinner on the table for your family. The Weekly Meal Plan Printable, Pantry List Essentials, even the Keto Friendly Food Lists are all available once you sign up for my weekly newsletter, you’ll be able to download and print them out.
If you're looking for more detailed meal plans with grocery lists, you're going to love Eat at Home Menu Plans. The Eat at Home Menu Planning does all the work for you. For only a few dollars per week and you get four different menu plans for every week.
Tried and of these recipes? Let me know in the comments!