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Simple, Healthy, Cheap! Feed A Family For Less Than $60 A Week: Spanish Week

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I love Ethnic foods. I love themes. And I love to save money. So what better way to put it all together, than a themed, ethic meal plan with the goal of the total groceries costing less than $60 for the week!

What follows is the menu, the shopping list, the estimated cost of the shopping list, and links to recipes, including a few of my own.

Spanish Week Menu

The numbers at the end are the amount of times you should be able to serve the meal during the week if you are a family of 5. The links will take you to recipes – some of mine here on my blog and some found on great food sites.

Shopping List

  • Tortillas – prefer whole wheat for health. Purchase in bulk – 90 tortillas – $15.00 – or make your own for less and use the budget for fruit or veggies.
  • Tortilla chips – 2 large bags – $6.00
  • 2 lbs cheese (shredded or shared it yourself) – $7.00
  • 1 lb ground meat (beef or turkey) – $3.50
  • 2 lb pinta (pinto) beans – $2.00
  • 2 lb black beans – $2.00
  • Veggies – canned or fresh like spinach, bell peppers, corn – $3.00
  • Lettuce head – $1.50
  • Tomatoes – $3.00
  • Salsa – $3.00
  • 1 Can Tomato Paste – $0.50
  • Chili Powder – $2.00
  • Hash browns (shredded potatoes) – 5 lb bag of potatoes – $3.00
  • Eggs – 3 dozen – $4.50
  • 1 lb Turkey Sausage – $3.00

Pantry List

Items that are in most people’s pantries (stuff to purchase in bulk a couple times per year):

  • Rice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chicken stock
  • Oil
  • Oatmeal

Search Coupons.com to see if there are any coupons available for the ingredients to cut the costs even further!


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By the way, have you seen my Asian Week Menu? If not, check it out now! And be sure to subscribe to my blog, as I will be releasing my Mediterranean themed menu in a few weeks!

What other ethnic foods / themes would you be interested in?

Super Simple Menu Plan: One Week Of Meals For Less Than $100

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Our goal for a family food budget is $450 per month. This means that we have $100 or less to shop on each week (since there is 4 ½ weeks to almost every month). We eat fresh, healthy, whole, homemade food, which means very few coupons are useful to us. So how do we do this?

The following is our menu for a week, which I plan Thursday to Wednesday, since Thursday is my usual shopping day:

Thursday –

Breakfast: homemade whole grain waffles with maple flavored agave syrup.

Snack: ½ orange

Lunch: tuna-fish sandwiches on homemade bread (with pickles)

Dinner: Black beans with shredded cheese and tortilla chips

Friday –

Breakfast: ½ banana, oatmeal with non-dairy milk and honey

Snack: store-bought cheesy crackers (with whole grains and real cheese)

Lunch: tuna-fish sandwiches on homemade bread (with pickles)

Dinner: top-sirloin steak, mashed potatoes and carrots, homemade bread, ice cream

Saturday –

Breakfast: grape juice, ½ banana, cold cereal (whole grain, low sugar), non-dairy milk

Snack: store-bought ginger snap cookies (natural, no artificial ingredients)

Lunch: top-sirloin steak, mashed potatoes and carrots, homemade bread

Dinner: mixed veggies and pirogies

Sunday –

Breakfast: oatmeal with berry mix, honey, non-dairy milk

Snack: ½ orange, ¼ protein bar

Lunch: mixed veggies and pirogies

Dinner: Black beans with shredded cheese, tortilla chips, salsa, Panda black licorice

Monday –

Breakfast: grape juice, ½ banana, cornmeal mush with honey and non-dairy milk

Snack: cheesy crackers and peanut butter (no salt or sugar added)

Lunch: veggie salad and tortilla chips

Dinner: whole grain pasta, marinara sauce with ground turkey sausage

Tuesday –

Breakfast: oatmeal with honey and non-dairy milk

Snack: ¼ orange, whole wheat crackers

Lunch: homemade artisan bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip, mixed veggies

Dinner: whole grain pasta, marinara sauce with ground turkey sausage

Wednesday –

Breakfast: cornmeal mush with honey and non-dairy milk

Snack:  gingersnap cookies and ice cream

Lunch: homemade artisan bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip, mixed veggies

Dinner: veggie stir-fry with rice noodles

If you would like to see any of the recipes, please post a request. I would love to hear your healthy, simple menus – post a link if you have one!

Blessings and healthy eating.

 
YWAM

How to Feed A Family Of Five For One Week With $25

Learn to eat simple / cheap from other countries!
Learn to eat simple and cheap from other countries!

No, this is not an extreme coupon challenge. We recently had a situation where we only had $25 to shop for the week and feed our family of five. With a very limited pantry and no coupons or stockpile, I had to quickly seek the Lord and ask Him to show me what we would do. And, He did – during the past week, through a series of events, I had learned about Ethiopian Food. Due to their very limited economy, Ethiopian’s have learned to make inexpensive but flavorful and filling food.

What follows is the menu we followed for the week.




  • 5 breakfasts of oatmeal

  • 2 breakfasts of peach muffins

  • 3 lunches and 2 dinners of Injera bread and lentil stew w/ tomatoes and spinach

  • 2 lunches and 3 dinners of fried rice

  • 2 lunches and 1 dinner of mac and cheese with mixed veggies

For total disclosure, the final dinner was pizza when we finally had money in the bank again:-)

Disclosure: Some links in this post may be affiliate links.

This is what we had in our pantry:

  • Whole wheat flour

  • Brown rice

  • Cane sugar

  • Tomato paste

  • Vinegar

  • Soy Sauce

  • Olive Oil
  • Canned peaches

  • Salt and Spices

This is what we purchased for $25:

  • Oatmeal

  • Lentils
  • 1 qt of almond milk

  • Butter

  • 5 pack of mac and cheese

  • 2 bags of frozen veggies (one mixed, one spinach)

  • 1 – 18 count eggs

  • Carrots

We honesty ended up enjoying the food and did not feel that we were going without for the week. We are so encouraged by this, that we have decided to take up this challenge once a month and only have a $25 budget for one week every month. Our normal food budget runs about $75 – $100.

Oh, and another positive note is that I lost two pounds during the week. There really is something to be said about simple living, including simple eating.

What would you do if you only had $25 for one week to feed your family?

 

A Simple Life’s Sample Weekly Menu

So, how does one eat simple, healthy, and cheap??? Well, I don’t claim to have all the answers or what is best for everyone, but, I can share a sample of a weekly menu here. Contact me if you would be interested in any recipes.

Breakfast:

1 day of cold cereal – low sugar like Wheaties

1 day of pancakes – whole grain + fruit and maple syrup

3 day of oatmeal, sometimes with raisins

2 days of Cream of Wheat, sometimes with fruit

Snack:

3 days fruit

1 day dried fruit and nuts

2 days bread

1 day leftover hot cereal

Lunch:

2 days beet soup

2 days corn and potato chowder

2 days of leftovers

1 day of salad

(Note: Husband eats lunch at work, provided by his work for cheap)

Dinner:

Mac and Cheese – the really unhealthy box kind, because we like it! + mixed veggies

Lamb Curry + rice (the 2 lbs of local lamb was a lovely gift)

Snack – popcorn

Fried rice (with a little chicken)

Chicken with marinara, cheese and green beans

Salmon with plum chutney + salad and flat-bread

Leftovers

We spend about $100 a week on groceries. We don’t coupon, stockpile, etc… Just look for good deals and make use of local, fresh foods!

 

Here is one mom who only spent $44 for the week! http://moneysavingmom.com/2013/10/gretchens-44-grocery-shopping-trip-and-weekly-menu-plan-2.html