Grocery Budget & Meals: Week 1

During the month of May, I’m sharing a glimpse into our food budget and menu planning. Each week, I’ll share the groceries we purchased and a detailed meal plan.

Our grocery budget is currently $175 for our family of 3 and I am considering bumping it up soon to $200 since we are working towards healthier eating, incorporating more organics, better quality milk and fresh from the farm meat. We value our health and we’re no longer trying to eat for as little as possible. We are trying to frugally eat healthy!

Food we began the month with:

Produce: 8 apples, 1 mango, 2 kiwis, 1 orange, 8 ounces carrots, 10 pounds sweet potatoes, 5 pounds potatoes

Dairy: 1 block cream cheese, 3 8-oz blocks cheese, 8 ounces sour cream, 1/2 gallon milk, 3 sticks butter

Dry Goods:

The contents of our pantry.

{We also have a shelf of venison and 4 chicken breasts and chicken wings in the freezer. Of course, this is not a complete list of the foods that we have but most of the food!}

Our grocery trip for the week:

  • Oats $3.39
  • Saltines $1.00
  • Plain Yogurt (organic) $2.69
  • 3 cups Greek Yogurt $2
  • Greens $1.00
  • Green Chilies $.79
  • White Wine Vinegar $2.69
  • Green Salsa $2.69
  • Sloppy Joe Sauce $.79
  • Dijon Mustard $.89
  • Flaxseed Mill $3.79
  • Granola Bars-2 boxes (organic) $2.38
  • Chocolate Chips $3.49
  • Cheese $3.29
  • Fried Chicken $3.29 (marked down…not healthy but easy!)
  • Chicken Sausage (organic)ย $1.99
  • Sausage Links $2.50
  • Bananas (2.84 pounds) $1.56
  • Cabbage (4.27 pounds) $2.09
  • Mango $1.00
  • Orange $.50
  • Avocados (2) $3.00
  • Lemon $.50
  • Cantaloupe $1.99
  • Eggs $2.99
  • Chips (not pictured) $2.99

Total: $50 (With tax & 10% off coupon)

{$125 left in the grocery budget for the month.}

Our Meal Plan:


Breakfast-Sausage, Eggs & Toast

Lunch-Leftover Chicken with Homemade Fries

Dinner-Sloppy Joes with Apples & Chips

To Do-Layout Venison


Breakfast-Yogurt & Apples

Lunch-Leftovers for JD, Avocado/Guacamole with Tortillas and Kiwi

Dinner-Grilled Venison, Baked Sweet Potato, Fried Cabbage and Bread

To Do-Make Banana Flax Muffins, Make Bread


BreakfastBanana Flax Muffins


Dinner-At Church


Breakfast-Banana Flax Muffins

Lunch- JD out for lunch; Carrots, Mango, Yogurt & Cheese

Dinner- JD at church; Fried Cabbage, Bread with Yogurt & Kiwi

To Do-Make Homemade Mayo, Make Tuna Salad, Soak Tortillas, Layout Chicken


Breakfast– Sausage & Hashbrowns

Lunch– Tuna Salad for JD, Leftover Cabbage & Fruit

Dinner– Chicken Tacos with Homemade Tortillas

To Do– Cook Rice


Breakfast– Sausage Omelets

Lunch– Leftovers

Dinner– Chicken with Fried Rice & Stir Fry Vegetables

To Do– Layout chicken


Breakfast– Breakfast at Church

Lunch– Leftovers

Dinner– Smoked Chicken Wings with Homemade Sweet Potato Fries


{I apologize for the long post but I wanted to give you as much information so you can get a good idea about ourย groceryย budget and meal planning!}


26 Replies to “Grocery Budget & Meals: Week 1”

  1. Wow. Very impressive. Great job, Rachel!
    ( I'm jealous that you are able to get raw milk there. It's not legal in Ohio. ๐Ÿ™ We would have to go to PA to get it. )

    1. Thank you. I have a good friend who gets fresh, quality milk and she's been 'preaching' the positives of it and I'm about to cave even though it costs much more but I know it will be better for us!

    2. Meg, My husband and I live in Ohio and get raw milk w/out any issues. Because of the technicalities of the law, you can get it if you "own" part of the cow. So, we bought a herdshare and are entitled to a portion of the milk. The herdshare fee wasn't much and it's wonderful getting fresh, raw milk every week from our farmer! I would look into this if you are wanting raw milk. We did the same thing when we lived in KY as well.

      1. Great idea, Rachel! Thank you so much! We live by many Amish, I wonder if they would let me do this. Thanks again! I'm looking into it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh, I'm really interested and excited about this month of posts – thank you for sharing so much detail!

    1. I'm happy you're excited about it. I'm trying to be completely transparent and share as many real details so readers can get a real glimpse of how we do the grocery budget and meal planning around here!

  3. I'm so glad you posted this. I love seeing how you are able to make the most out of each dollar you spend! It inspires me to watch my own spending a little closer!

    1. Thank you Bethany. It's really a game to me, making the dollars stretch as far as they'll go and still eat a (mostly) healthy diet!

    1. I'm glad you're happy it's back! I've been lacking big time in the meal planning department, been in quite the slump. I've had readers asking for months for more details on our grocery budget so I'm trying to share as much information as I can!

  4. Congrats on the beginning of your journey into better, more nutrient rich (and flavorful) foods! As Christians we can be assured that when we buy local our earnings are supporting fair jobs with fair wages and humane working conditions ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you! We're loving trying out new fruits and vegetables, like mangos which we really like! And I'm looking forward to supporting local farmers through purchasing milk and meat from the farm and buying produce!

  5. This was a very interesting post! For the first time ever we are all home for dinner (instead of working opposite shifts – woohoo!) and I am excited to be able to give planning meals a try! I like how you have a to-do for each day that relates to the next day – what a great idea and you are sure to not forget to lay out meat etc which would throw the menu out of whack! My parents always did that growing up and our menu turned into more of loose guidelines ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. So excited y'all will be working the same shifts and able to have dinner as a family! Best wishes with your meal planning! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Have you found an Aldi in your area?
    Enjoyed the post, and will try one or two of your recipes…

    1. We have an Aldi across town, about 25 minutes away. If I'm in that part of town I will sometimes stop in to pick up produce, they have amazing prices on quality produce!!

  7. This is great. I am relatively new to the world of meal planning, an have recently started my own journey to incorporate more fresh and homemade foods. It's definitely "harder" to avoid processed, but so worth it! Thanks for sharing your experiences – I look forward to reading more ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Best wishes with your meal planning, it really can be somewhat life changing!! Yes, it is harder to avoid a bunch of processed stuff but ends up being so much cheaper!!

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