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Weekly Frugal Meal Plan #1

This is a series that I’m starting primarily on my Instagram, so if you aren’t following me click here and do that now!

Each week I’m going to share my weekly meal plan with you all and talk you through my strategies to save tons of money and still eat well.

For the week of and a few after you’ll see updates to this page with notes on what worked and what didn’t.

If you want my general meal planning strategy check out my post about it here.

Weekly meal plan on a budget

General meal plan notes:

  • I’m probably not posting these in the exact order I make them because life changes and doesn’t always go as planned.
  • I tweak each recipe to fit our likes and nutritional needs. I have a daughter who is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and wheat intolerant so we switch those out a lot or I make two different versions.
  • I also tend to mix a couple recipes to get what I want, eventually I’ll have the recipes on here for you all to peruse, but for now I’ll be linking them below.
  • Currently, we shop at Kroger, if you shop somewhere like Aldi the prices would be way lower! Unfortunately our Aldi never has the food we need and we’ve had to go to Kroger for most things.

Want my full meal planning strategy? Check out my class Food Budget Overhaul!

Here is this weeks meal plan!

Smothered Veggie Enchiladas

Cost: $13.06 / $1.63 per meal

Total cost on this is hefty but you get ALOT of meals out of it. Usually we just have one as a whole meal so this could be anywhere from 2-4 meals for your whole family.

For this recipe I use the filling of the butternut squash enchilada recipe and the smothered cheesy sour cream goodness from the second recipe.

It’s awesome.

Recipe: Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

Recipe: Creamy Chicken Enchiladas


Cost: $8.57 / $1.42 per meal

We usually get about 3 meals (9ish servings) out of this. Of course our toddler eats a little less, so I’m calling this 6 servings.

Just your simple noodles, prego sauce, mushrooms, and turkey burger.

Chicken Salad and Zucchini

Cost= $7.40 / $1.23 per meal

This is something I like to make at the beginning of the week and have for lunch all week long. This recipe also makes 2-3 meals so around 6 servings total.

Chicken Salad Recipe

  • 2 LBS of chicken
  • 1/2 cup of mayo
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup of grape chopped
  • 1/2 tbs onion powder (or half an onion)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook and shred chicken. I usually pop it in my instant pot or bake it in the oven.

Then just mix it all together. Taste the mixture and use your judgement if you need more mayo or more apples/grapes.

I like to sautee Zucchini but you can always roast it as well!

Chickpea and Veggie Quinoa Bowl

Recipe: Lemon Asparagus Quinoa

Cost: $5.83 / $0.97 per meal

This is a pretty light meal, and it is something that we haven’t tried before. I plan on adding chickpeas and any other veggies I might have around to make it more filling.

I’m guessing it will make six servings based on the recipe. Fingers crossed this one is good, I’ll update you later!

Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

Cost: $5.10 / $1.02 per meal

This recipe usually gets us about 2 meals, so 5ish meals, and it is SUPER yummy.

Teriyaki Sauce Recipe (I omit the water and cornstarch in the mix).

Then I just cut up some chicken and throw it in the pan at a medium high heat. Throw some cornstarch on it to thicken it up and you are golden.

I use my instant pot to make white rice and it makes it perfect every time like a charm. I’m in love.


There are plenty of opportunities for left overs in this meal plan which should cover all lunches and the extra two dinners of the week if you need them.

Usually, I leave one night as an eat out and one night as a eat whatever is left in the fridge night.

After that all you’ll need for the week is breakfast and snacks.

I’ll be updating you throughout the week on Instagram on my progess (it will be in my story highlights if you are late!) I’ll also be updating this page the week after, so stay tuned!

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