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$30 Weekly Shopping and Menu 8-13-18

Can you eat for $30 a week? Look at this family of 3's temporary low grocery budget with a grocery list, menu, and frugal recipes! Week of: 8-13-18.

This past weekend was a one-stop shop!

We went to Cedar Point over the weekend so I did a quick shopping trip on Friday. Vacations tend to throw me off big time- I usually do a lot of my meal prep/breakfast batch cooking on Sunday afternoons; but since we got back later in the day, I did a little last night and a little today. Luckily there wasn’t much to do!

This week I did a combination of big casseroles and smaller dinners. Casseroles are cheap and make a lot, but I’m trying to find a balance between not enough leftovers and LEFTOVERS FOR DAYS. There’s only 3 of us (Well, really 2, because Allison never eats my dinners), so food tends to last us awhile. I’m cooking the bag of kidney beans I bought last week to use for two dinners, which really helps cut down the cost!

As usual, here’s a disclaimer about my $30 weekly menus:

  • I’ve lowered our grocery budget by choice. We’ve chosen not to pursue food assistance from the government.
  • My pantry contains essentials such as rice, pasta, peanut butter, and baking items, as well as a little meat in the freezer. You may not be able to recreate this menu for $30 as I’m not exactly starting from scratch every week.
  • I’m buying whole foods as much as possible- I won’t be perfect, but I’ll do what I can with the money we have.
  • My menu may have more vegetarian meals, or just less meat in general- But I still aim to keep my diet high-protein due to my workouts, which is why you’ll see lots of Greek yogurt, eggs, and cottage cheese.

Can you eat for $30 a week? Look at this family of 3's temporary low grocery budget with a grocery list, menu, and frugal recipes! Week of: 8-13-18.


Bananas, 4.28 pounds: $1.67
Grapes, 2.77 pounds: $2.74
Spinach: $1.19
Butter: $2.63
Olive oil: $2.49
Mushrooms: $1.29
Strawberries: $.99
Cooking spray: $1.49
Baby wipes: $1.39
2 cans tomato sauce: $.25 each
Greek yogurt: $3.49
Crackers: $1.39
Diced tomatoes: $.45
Breakfast biscuits: $1.89
Pretzel sticks: $.79
Chocolate bar (Not pictured): $1.49

Total: $25.98
Weekly Total: $25.98


Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.

Chicken rice casserole* (Ended up not making it last week), fruit
Red beans and rice
Tuna* noodle casserole
English muffin* sandwiches with scrambled eggs*
Beans and cornbread skillet*- modified. I’m not baking it in the oven and instead serving it with these homemade cornbread muffins

Ham* and egg* breakfast cups, omitting the veggies

Allison’s lunch: Peanut butter* crackers, string cheese*, strawberries
Granola bars– these things are so good!

What’s on your menu this week? Share in the comments below!


Friday 17th of August 2018

I am working on next weeks menu. I did a Walmart pickup after coming back into town from visiting family. Last night, we had 4 of our children’s friends over for an end of summer bbq. Tonight will be leftovers. 8/16:hosted cookout with friends : burgers, hot dogs on grill Cut up veggies with homemade ranch dip Cut up watermelon Chips Make your own sundaes. (Most ingredients great value brand from Walmart. I pretty much use GV when I can) 8/17: leftovers 8/18: tater tot casserole Salad Rolls 8/19: leftovers 8/20: pork loin Potatoes Asparagus 8/21: spaghetti with homemade meatballs Garlic bread 8/22: lemon and butter baked tilapia Rice Broccoli This is all I have so far. Looking to do some freezer meals next weekend in prep for back to school. We are also providing and serving a meal to the homeless on 9/2, along with my parents we will make food. I’m thinking baked spaghetti for this. I love your meal plans!!


Friday 17th of August 2018

That is so awesome, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing this! =) How do you like the Wal Mart Pickup? I hear good things about it!

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