Weekly menu on a budget

After renting for years, we have finally purchased our very own home.  It is not yet built, in fact, the basement has not even been dug yet!  Our closing is 1 year away and now we’re frantically saving and trying to reduce our consumer debt by 25%.  We’re doing this as

a) a condition of our pre-approved mortgage (we don’t quite have to reduce it 25%, that’s our goal)


b) so that we do not become house poor…great house yes, but we can’t go anywhere, do anything or have a life once we move in.

We are generally very prudent with our spending.  I grew up in a family of 6, sometimes we had 2 incomes, sometimes we didn’t.  My mother was raised by the King and Queen of Frugality, Bob and Dorothy Allen, so most of her spendthrift ways rubbed off on me (*sniff *- I miss them ALL).  Amy was raised by an often single mum, so she also knew what it was like to save her pennies.  Recently we’ve taken to try and feed our brood on a meager $250.00 a week.  This includes diapers and toiletries for 10 too.  Many people find it hard to believe that we feed a family this large on so little…but it definitely can be done.

We will be posting a weekly menu and total cost of our meals.  This week includes Thanksgiving dinner so it’s a little more expensive than most weeks, but we’re still coming in under budget for groceries.   For my American friends, we do celebrate Thanksgiving about 6 weeks earlier than you all.   So here’s our menu for the week of October 11 to October 17.  You can find some of our recipes here.

Date Menu Total cost
Sunday Thanksgiving Dinner – Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, butternut and acorn squash, peas, pumpkin pie $35.36
Monday Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole, Salad $5.27
Tuesday Oktoberfest Sausage Soup, Homemade Biscuits $11.86
Wednesday  Beef Noodle Casserole $12.26
Thursday Spicy Pork Roast, Lipton Noodles and Sauce, Frozen Mixed veggies $9.81
Friday Roasted Chicken, oven roasted potatoes, veggies $8.34
Saturday Tomato Basil Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta, Salad $13.25


We usually shoot for a dinner budget between $70 and $80 per week…or around $10 a meal.  This week’s budget was a little more than that at $96.15.  I left out our beverages for the meals, which is generally milk, and that will add another $10.  Considering it’s Thanksgiving, I don’t think we faired badly at all.

If there are any other recipes that you would like, please feel free to ask and I will try and post them on our Recipe page.


6 responses to “Weekly menu on a budget

  1. As I’ve already told you, I think that this is a great idea for a blog.

    There’s a lot of talk in the media about “how expensive it is to eat well”, but I think that’s a bit of a myth. It takes planning, but it can be done. Making some substitutions can make a world of difference – i.e. why pay twice as much for chicken when you can remove skin and bone yourself?

  2. I agree…I think in this fast paced world some think they can’t find the time. Honestly, it takes between 30 minutes to an hour per week to do our menu and shopping list. It’s also a lot about where you choose to shop. We save anywhere from $0.25 to $2.00 an item at Food Basics as compared to Loblaws or Metro.

  3. Hi there. 🙂 I just made my way over here from the cutest little things blog because I saw your award!

    I am absolutely impressed with your budgeting ideas so far! Thank you for this info and motivation.

  4. We have one less child, six but we are vegetarian-ish and have dairy allergies/intelorances. We are averaging about $350 every week and a half. We are doing our best to cut that down farther but we fail at shopping for meals. Do you come up with meals in advance or just buy staples?

    • We plan our meals weekly as to what is on special and what we have in the freezer/pantry. On Fridays we comb through the grocery flyers and see what is on sale and then start a menu and a grocery list. Once that is done we shop only for what is on that list. $350 every week and a half is not bad, really…our budget, due to growing boys, is up to $300 weekly for food.

      btw, I love the name in your email addy 😉

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