I Feed My Family Of Five For $100 A Week — Here's What A Week Of Groceries & Meals Looks Like For Us

·21 min read

Hi! I'm Sydney, a stay-at-home mom of three, and I make homemade meals for my Colorado family every week.

the author

With three kids under eight, meal prep and meal planning are essential in my house. Figuring out all the meals ahead of time allows me to save time and stick to a budget (ideally around $100) each week.

Sydney Martin

Each weekend, I plan all my family's meals for the upcoming week. This includes choosing the recipes I will make — via the internet and cookbooks — plus the actual shopping. I cook pretty much every meal every day due to a severe peanut allergy in my household. We don't rely on much takeout for this reason.

When planning each week, I start by looking at my local grocery store's weekly sales so I know what items will get me the most bang for my buck. Due to rising food costs and inflation, this first step has become more important than ever to my planning and budgeting lately.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

With meal planning, up-front preparation is key — but it's also the most challenging thing. Here are a few tips and tricks that I use each week:

1) I pick recipes with ingredients that can be used for multiple meals (and in multiple ways). This also includes getting creative with leftovers. Sometimes eating leftovers all the time can get old, but I try to remember that I can always use different components of my leftovers to create new meals.

2) I prioritize what's on sale. For example, this week I was able to find two rotisserie chickens for $10 — and much of my produce was on sale.

3) I buy the cheapest store brand most of the time. Unless it's something that I'm unable to use due to the peanut allergy, an item I absolutely love (or if a different brand is on sale), store brand it is.

4) I ask my kids to help me! Feeding kids is a challenge. They change their minds constantly, and they seemingly get new taste buds every meal. When I ask them to help pick out recipes (usually with them looking at pictures), I find that they are more excited to eat them.

Also, I'm lucky in that all my kids are small. All three are under eight, so I'm able to make our meals really stretch, portion-wise.

Of course, you may need to alter your budget if you have teenagers, a larger family, bigger appetites, or live in areas with a higher cost of living.

Of course, you may need to alter your budget if you have teenagers, a larger family, bigger appetites, or live in areas with a higher cost of living.

Sydney Martin

After planning my recipes this past Saturday afternoon, I spent exactly $107.38 for a week's worth of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I try to stay as close to $100 as possible, but as mentioned, I've found it to be more difficult lately.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

I find that as you continue to build your pantry, it's easier to spend within budget because you'll utilize staples you have already acquired. But for the purpose of this post, several pantry staples (like flour, oats, and brown sugar) were included in the $100 I spent. The only staples I did not include were oil and spices.

Here was this week's grocery haul. I get my groceries delivered because it keeps me from impulse purchases, saves me a lot of time, and if anyone has ever brought three young kids to a grocery store, well... you know it's a losing game.

(Produce: Strawberries, apples, bananas, lemons, red bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, red potatoes, corn, broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, onion, ginger, garlic, parsley, poultry herbs. Dairy: Milk, eggs, shredded cheese, cream cheese, Greek yogurt. Meat or seafood: Rotisserie chickens, ground chicken, smoked sausage, shrimp. Pantry: Sugar, powdered sugar, flour, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder, oats, honey, beef broth. Canned or jarred goods: Buffalo sauce, black beans, balsamic vinegar. Misc: Ritz crackers, tortillas.)

(Produce: Strawberries, apples, bananas, lemons, red bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, red potatoes, corn, broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, onion, ginger, garlic, parsley, poultry herbs. Dairy: Milk, eggs, shredded cheese, cream cheese, Greek yogurt. Meat or seafood: Rotisserie chickens, ground chicken, smoked sausage, shrimp. Pantry: Sugar, powdered sugar, flour, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder, oats, honey, beef broth. Canned or jarred goods: Buffalo sauce, black beans, balsamic vinegar. Misc: Ritz crackers, tortillas.)

Sydney Martin

Two other things to mention when it comes to portioning out meals in my home: My oldest eats lunch at school, so that's one less serving to worry about. My husband comes home for lunch every day, but he doesn't eat breakfast every day — which, BTW, I 100% disagree with because breakfast is the best.

Here's how the week went!

The very first thing I did was pull apart my rotisserie chickens while they were still warm. This way, the meat still falls off the bone and takes very little time.

I then separated my meat into individual containers based on what part of the meat I would need for my recipes. 

I then separated my meat into individual containers based on what part of the meat I would need for my recipes.

Sydney Martin

Thankfully it was a quick job — because in no time, my kids and I were off to go skating. By the time we got home though, it was time to eat dinner and I didn't have much time to really prepare anything before meltdowns began.

I knew when ordering my groceries that the budget would be tight, so I was thankful to have spotted that 2/$10 rotisserie chicken deal so that I could use one for dinner that night and just do a quick roast of broccoli and potatoes to finish things off.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

I added some herbs and spices to the vegetables and then roasted everything in the oven at 425 Fahrenheit until they became soft.

Here's a similar how-to on roasting potatoes and broccoli in the oven, if you need.

Here's a similar how-to on roasting potatoes and broccoli in the oven, if you need.

Sydney Martin

And, thankfully, that's all it took to get dinner on the table!

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

We even had a decent amount of leftovers, which I was thankful for. I put the chicken into another container and moved it into the freezer for later in the week!

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

On Monday, I kept things very simple. My kids love hardboiled eggs so I quickly made some in my air fryer.

I have been fully converted to cooking hardboiled eggs in the air fryer, BTW. They always turn out perfectly and peel easily. I also don't have to wait for any water to boil — which means that I can get them finished much quicker! 

I have been fully converted to cooking hardboiled eggs in the air fryer, BTW. They always turn out perfectly and peel easily. I also don't have to wait for any water to boil — which means that I can get them finished much quicker!

Sydney Martin

Following breakfast and school send off, I started my normal day-to-day of laundry and chores.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

Once lunch time approached, I made quesadillas with some beans, fruit, and a bit of our leftover broccoli from the night before.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

One thing to note about the pictures of my kids' plates: I tend to go for a less-is-more approach with them. I find that if I put too much food on their plates initially, they get overwhelmed and won't eat as much. They are always welcome to ask for more!

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

During nap time, I decided to knock out two birds with one stone. I wanted to make Zucchini Carrot Muffins to have on hand for the week — and there were a few ingredients that overlapped with the dinner I had in mind.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

For the muffins, I used my food processor to shred some zucchini and carrots and mixed the wet and dry ingredients into separate bowls.

After combining everything together, I scooped the batter into a muffin tin. I like to use an ice cream scoop to try and keep everything uniform.

After combining everything together, I scooped the batter into a muffin tin. I like to use an ice cream scoop to try and keep everything uniform.

Sydney Martin

I love that this recipe has a lot of different substitution directions to try and fit into a variety of dietary requirements and preferences. One thing I would do differently next time is to cut my zucchini and carrot into thirds to make the shredded pieces even smaller. I think this would provide a better consistency and texture overall.

And despite my best efforts in trying to make everything uniform, you can easily see that...nothing works out perfectly all the time. :) 

And despite my best efforts in trying to make everything uniform, you can easily see that...nothing works out perfectly all the time. :)

Sydney Martin

Then it was time to get started on dinner. My family loves a classic meatloaf, but when I came across a recipe for Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf, I was instantly intrigued.

I also was amazed that I had never thought of this before because it seems like such an obvious variation! 

I also was amazed that I had never thought of this before because it seems like such an obvious variation!

Sydney Martin

My food processor was still out from when I made the muffins, so I dove right in. For this recipe, you use Ritz crackers as a binder for the meatloaf. (And I couldn't think of a better meatloaf ingredient than a buttery, flaky cracker.)

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

I was able to get the meatloaf totally prepared and in the loaf pan. When it came time to actually cook and eat, all I had to do was pop it in the oven!

I also roasted some carrots that I had sitting out from the muffins to go as a side. When I think of buffalo, I think of carrots and celery. (Also, tried to get creative with my plating, but as you can see: sometimes less is more.)

I also roasted some carrots that I had sitting out from the muffins to go as a side. When I think of buffalo, I think of carrots and celery. (Also, tried to get creative with my plating, but as you can see: sometimes less is more.)

Sydney Martin

If you've read my previous meal plan posts, you'll know that my family loves oatmeal. We have it stocked in our pantry no matter what.

Although, the simplicity of an oatmeal breakfast can lead me to a false illusion that the day ahead is going to be a breeze. 

Although, the simplicity of an oatmeal breakfast can lead me to a false illusion that the day ahead is going to be a breeze.

Sydney Martin

Following breakfast, I had the pleasure of getting a very relaxing facial.

And this....is where the wheels fell off! �� Apparently, my toddler decided today was the day she was going to become potty trained. Let's just say: that was not on my agenda for the week, and I was not mentally prepared. 

And this....is where the wheels fell off! 🙃 Apparently, my toddler decided today was the day she was going to become potty trained. Let's just say: that was not on my agenda for the week, and I was not mentally prepared.

Sydney Martin

By the time lunch rolled around, I was already exhausted with about 10,000 steps in and lots of emergent false toddler alarms in regards to the bathroom. I had planned to make lunch, but when I came out of the bathroom, I found my youngest had already decided to go a different route.

We had a box of mac and cheese in our pantry. (At eye level, a rookie mistake!) When I told my youngest that we were not having that for lunch because it wasn't on my plan for the week and we needed to keep it real for the people of BuzzFeed, she agreed immediately. Just kidding — she started biting open the box. So... the girls had mac and cheese. 

We had a box of mac and cheese in our pantry. (At eye level, a rookie mistake!) When I told my youngest that we were not having that for lunch because it wasn't on my plan for the week and we needed to keep it real for the people of BuzzFeed, she agreed immediately. Just kidding — she started biting open the box. So... the girls had mac and cheese.

Sydney Martin

This led me to a lunch of a thrown-together quesadilla. I didn't eat it with anything else because honestly, the stakes are high when you're potty training a toddler.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

Needing to keep things close to home, we spent the afternoon coloring — indoors and out — and enjoying our carrot zucchini muffins as a snack.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

By dinner time, my fresh produce quota was pretty minimal and I could feel it. I decided to make a One Pan Italian Chicken Skillet to fill the void.

This recipe calls for chicken breasts, and I had put my rotisserie chicken breasts in a separate container so it was ready to go.

This recipe calls for chicken breasts, and I had put my rotisserie chicken breasts in a separate container so it was ready to go.

Sydney Martin

Due to the chicken already being cooked, I roughly chopped up the breast and waited to fold it into the meal until the last few moments — just enough time for it to warm through.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

I was able to get the girls involved with this meal, which was great because that means they were also occupied!

We have these little plastic knives that my kids love! They are designed for children so they can practice their knife skills without worrying about serious injuries.

We have these little plastic knives that my kids love! They are designed for children so they can practice their knife skills without worrying about serious injuries.

Sydney Martin

I sautéed all of the vegetables with herbs and balsamic, just cooking enough for the vegetables to be to my desired softness.

I loved that this meal incorporated so many different vegetables and colors. The one color missing was yellow. My store was out of yellow peppers, but I left this meal still feeling like I was able to get a good fill of fresh produce. 

I loved that this meal incorporated so many different vegetables and colors. The one color missing was yellow. My store was out of yellow peppers, but I left this meal still feeling like I was able to get a good fill of fresh produce.

Sydney Martin

When I have a meal that has a lot of different ingredients, I separate each item into their own section for my kids.

I choose to do this so my kids can taste each component and make a decision if they like/want to eat that certain ingredient. Sometimes if I mix everything together, they are less likely to eat the entire meal if they dislike one thing. When I keep things separate, they can leave that one ingredient to the side and keep eating the rest!

I choose to do this so my kids can taste each component and make a decision if they like/want to eat that certain ingredient. Sometimes if I mix everything together, they are less likely to eat the entire meal if they dislike one thing. When I keep things separate, they can leave that one ingredient to the side and keep eating the rest!

Sydney Martin

We didn't have a lot of leftovers from this meal — just enough for one serving.

By this point I was already starting to get a little nervous about my menu plan lasting for the entire week. 

By this point I was already starting to get a little nervous about my menu plan lasting for the entire week.

Sydney Martin

If you haven't caught onto a theme yet, we tend to keep breakfast pretty simple in our house. Wednesday morning was scrambled eggs and strawberries!

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

After sending my oldest to school, we continued on with the potty training saga.

Now you may be thinking to yourself, why did I plan to do potty training this week of all weeks? Why haven't I been working on this before? The answer is: I have. And if you don't know my toddler in real life, then I'm sure you know some other toddler with the stubbornness of a bull. Meaning, I was not about to let this sudden opportunity pass us by.

Now you may be thinking to yourself, why did I plan to do potty training this week of all weeks? Why haven't I been working on this before? The answer is: I have. And if you don't know my toddler in real life, then I'm sure you know some other toddler with the stubbornness of a bull. Meaning, I was not about to let this sudden opportunity pass us by.

Sydney Martin

For lunch, I pulled out a few options, including leftovers and our quesadilla ingredients.

I let everyone just pick their own thing. We didn't have enough leftovers of one meal for everyone to have — so we just worked with what we had. 

I let everyone just pick their own thing. We didn't have enough leftovers of one meal for everyone to have — so we just worked with what we had.

Sydney Martin

My kids picked quesadillas again. I warmed up some of the leftover black beans and cut up an apple on the side.

I used to think that my kids would just need to learn to eat the apple peels, but after continually picking up minuscule bites of apple peel spit out onto my floor all the time, I succumbed to the fact that cutting the peel off is way easier than cleaning little apple shreds one more time. 

I used to think that my kids would just need to learn to eat the apple peels, but after continually picking up minuscule bites of apple peel spit out onto my floor all the time, I succumbed to the fact that cutting the peel off is way easier than cleaning little apple shreds one more time.

Sydney Martin

As for me, I also picked a quesadilla. We were mid week and i was already looking for every way possible to simplify, well... everything.

Also, a warm flour tortilla with melty cheese? Twist my arm. 

Also, a warm flour tortilla with melty cheese? Twist my arm.

Sydney Martin

My family is used to spending a lot of time outdoors, but training meant we weren't quite ready to venture off our property quite yet. We spent time in the afternoon reading magazines and playing with sidewalk chalk.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

Like I mentioned before, we were only part way through the week and I was already stressed about my groceries lasting us the week. I needed to come up with something using any of the ingredients I purchased for the week that would have extra. I decided to attempt Fresh Potato Gnocchi.

Now I didn't have all the ingredients for this specific recipe, but I just needed to work with what I had. I had never made gnocchi in my life, but I never back down from a little challenge.

Now I didn't have all the ingredients for this specific recipe, but I just needed to work with what I had. I had never made gnocchi in my life, but I never back down from a little challenge.

Sydney Martin

The first step was to cook the potatoes and separate the inside from the peel, however, I only had baby red potatoes so I wasn't able to get all the peel off. In hindsight, I could have peeled them ahead of time, but I was just following the steps in the recipe.

I then used the potato and created a dough. At this point I was thinking: wow, this honestly is such an easy thing to make! 

I then used the potato and created a dough. At this point I was thinking: wow, this honestly is such an easy thing to make!

Sydney Martin

The last steps in preparing the gnocchi was to roll the dough in long, thin ropes. Then you just cut them into little sections. This was a great recipe to do with kids because a lot of it mirrored how they would play with Play Doh!

I wasn't able to get the technique down for creating the nice ridges in the dough, so I just decided to keep it plain. One mistake I made was cutting all the pieces and then storing them in the fridge until I was ready to cook. I should have kept everything in the larger dough ball to cut immediately before cooking. When I took the bowl of gnocchi dough out, the ones on the bottom had become flat and stuck together.

I wasn't able to get the technique down for creating the nice ridges in the dough, so I just decided to keep it plain. One mistake I made was cutting all the pieces and then storing them in the fridge until I was ready to cook. I should have kept everything in the larger dough ball to cut immediately before cooking. When I took the bowl of gnocchi dough out, the ones on the bottom had become flat and stuck together.

Sydney Martin

I had quite a bit of extra veggies — so I sliced them up and roasted them in the oven with some spices and olive oil.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

After boiling the gnocchi for two minutes, I added them to the pan with the vegetables.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

At the same time, I knew I wanted to bulk up dinner in some way. I instantly thought of fresh baked bread, but I didn't have any yeast. Instead, I found a No Yeast Bread recipe and made a quick loaf in about 30 minutes.

My preference would be bread WITH yeast, but this was a decent substitute when trying to make things work!

My preference would be bread WITH yeast, but this was a decent substitute when trying to make things work!

Sydney Martin

And this is how the whole meal turned out! As I said, my gnocchi lost its nice shape after I put it in the fridge for a bit, but the flavor was great. Out of all the meals I made in the week, this was the one I was most proud of! Not because it was "the best" one or "most professional", but because I was proud of myself for trying and learning something new!

The biggest thing I've learned when cooking for my family is that things don't always need to be perfect. I'm not cooking for an Iron Chef and everyone has to learn at some point.

The biggest thing I've learned when cooking for my family is that things don't always need to be perfect. I'm not cooking for an Iron Chef and everyone has to learn at some point.

Sydney Martin

We took a big family walk around the neighborhood after dinner on Wednesday. This was our first attempt at leaving the house for a longer period of time and it was much needed!

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

On Thursday morning, I decided to make one of our favorite breakfast treats: Stuffed Bagel Balls.

This recipe makes the bagel dough with Greek yogurt for extra protein.

This recipe makes the bagel dough with Greek yogurt for extra protein.

Sydney Martin

Once the dough is made, you put a bit of cream cheese inside the dough ball, then finish with what ever topping you like. This time, I chose everything bagel seasoning — but I've also done cinnamon-sugar in the past.

You can make these in the oven or the air fryer. The dough does get quite sticky so one trick I always use is to spritz my hands with oil so it doesn't stick.

You can make these in the oven or the air fryer. The dough does get quite sticky so one trick I always use is to spritz my hands with oil so it doesn't stick.

Sydney Martin

We had a relaxing morning and then it was off to school!

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

Thursday morning, we went through the entire gamut of home activities: chalk, cleaning, playing in the yard. Then we were ready to test our wings a bit and we went to the garden store to look at some new flowers for summer!

Happy to say our entire outing was a success and we had no accidents! What a relief.

Happy to say our entire outing was a success and we had no accidents! What a relief.

Sydney Martin

For lunch we kept things easy with leftovers (not pictured is some leftover mac and cheese from the other day).

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

For afternoon nap/quiet time, we did a little "homework".

My daughter loves these dry erase activity books. They are perfect when you need calmer activities to do. 

My daughter loves these dry erase activity books. They are perfect when you need calmer activities to do.

Sydney Martin

Dinner was one of my favorite meals: Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil.

all the ingredients on the counter
Sydney Martin

This recipe comes together on one sheet pan — so prep is mostly just slicing and dicing. (You do give your potatoes and corn a quick parboil so everything cooks evenly, though.)

And let me tell you, nothing makes you come to the realization that you need to keep your knives sharp like when you're trying to cut through a fresh corn cob. 

And let me tell you, nothing makes you come to the realization that you need to keep your knives sharp like when you're trying to cut through a fresh corn cob.

Sydney Martin

Once the ingredients were chopped and on the sheet pan, I coated everything with butter, garlic, and Old Bay.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

Here's how it turned out! If I closed my eyes, I could see myself eating this near a beach somewhere!

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

On Friday morning, my son woke with extreme vigor over being the one to claim the last few bagel bites.

Everyone else had nice, hearty bowls of oatmeal.

Everyone else had nice, hearty bowls of oatmeal.

Sydney Martin

After breakfast there were more activities at home — this time our favorite puzzles and some home workouts.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

Now by this point, I was OUT of planned recipes. I had rushed my planning and preparation when ordering my groceries, made silly mistakes, and now was facing the reality of that.

However, we can always figure out SOMETHING! I pulled out the remaining chicken I had put into the freezer earlier in the week. 

However, we can always figure out SOMETHING! I pulled out the remaining chicken I had put into the freezer earlier in the week.

Sydney Martin

Thankfully, children are creatures of habit and they asked for quesadillas again for lunch. Maybe a bit repetitive by this point, but who am I to argue?

plates with quesadillas, strawberries, and black beans
Sydney Martin

I needed to take a quick inventory to see what I could come up with for dinner. I pulled out crackers left from the meatloaf, lots of carrots (more than just the two pictured), and eggs.

I decided I was going to make homemade

I decided I was going to make homemade "happy meals" for dinner.

Sydney Martin

I made a bread coating for the chicken using spices and the Ritz crackers in my food processor. I then did a quick coating of cornstarch, egg, and then the cracker coating.

I also made air fryer carrot fries. When it comes to the air fryer, I wouldn't say I'm a particularly patient person. However, the more I use it the more I really learn that if you want your food to come out nice and crispy, not overcrowding the basket is KEY.

I also made air fryer carrot fries. When it comes to the air fryer, I wouldn't say I'm a particularly patient person. However, the more I use it the more I really learn that if you want your food to come out nice and crispy, not overcrowding the basket is KEY.

Sydney Martin

It's funny how the meals I was most proud of this week were the ones I really just needed to get creative and figure something out. The gnocchi was a good opportunity to learn and try something new. This "happy meal" was so flavorful and juicy that I gave myself another pat on the back for being creative with the things I had laying around.

We even ended up having leftovers from this meal! 

We even ended up having leftovers from this meal!

Sydney Martin

By Saturday, everyone was a little sour my son got to have the last few bagel bites, including him. How dare he eat the last ones and not save any for...himself. 😌

So we made another batch!

So we made another batch!

Sydney Martin

After breakfast, we headed over to our community park where we were able to learn about all of the different community resources in our area.

Our favorite was this search and rescue horse! 

Our favorite was this search and rescue horse!

Sydney Martin

Afterwards, lunch was leftover happy meals.

I reheated our carrot fries in the air fryer to make them crispy again!

I reheated our carrot fries in the air fryer to make them crispy again!

Sydney Martin
  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

The best part about kids is that they think the most simple things are the best. (And honestly, they aren't wrong!) That night, we decided to do breakfast for dinner and made eggs, pancakes, and finished our strawberries.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

The wind in Colorado was out of control so we did some family games to finish off our evening.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

Sunday morning breakfast was (you guessed it!) leftover bagel bites. Quite frankly, we were absolutely running out of food from the week.

During breakfast, I used my air fryer to hardboil some eggs again.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

Again, when I cook my eggs this way, they peel so easily. The ice bath afterward helps pull the membrane away from the egg so once they are peeled, I'm not left with huge chunks missing from my egg whites.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

My son has been really into "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" lately. He's become very intrigued at the parts where they apparently talk about egg salad — so he asked if we could try it.

(His request did come before I cooked my eggs in the morning, so if you're thinking that was convenient planning, it was, in fact, planned.)

(His request did come before I cooked my eggs in the morning, so if you're thinking that was convenient planning, it was, in fact, planned.)

Sydney Martin

I added some seasoning and spices to our eggs and mixed it all together. I winged this a bit, but here's a similar egg salad recipe if you're looking to re-create it.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

I served it with some remaining apples and we all watched my son with intense anticipation to see if his book-inspired dreams would be everything he hoped for.

Spoiler: he hated it! Ha. My younger two actually really liked it so it wasn't a complete bust. 

Spoiler: he hated it! Ha. My younger two actually really liked it so it wasn't a complete bust.

Sydney Martin

And that was my week! WHOA. This was a tough one. With rising food costs, I realized I need to get much more strategic with my planning.

I also feel like this week further cemented the importance of utilizing things you already have in your pantry or freezer. Had I not had to re-buy staples (like my flour, sugars, oats, etc), I likely would have had enough in my budget for another whole meal. So don't forget about those simple items and how resourceful they can be!

Also, based on some past comments I've received, I just want to reiterate that this meal plan isn't meant to be one-size-fits-all. Your household may have larger appetites, bigger families, older kids, and/or a higher cost of living that would require a bigger budget all around. But the main takeaway I'd love to offer is simply how a bit of planning, budgeting, and organization can really help set you up for success in whatever budget you may require.

  Sydney Martin
Sydney Martin

Still, I hope that this provides some inspiration for new recipes, new planning ideas, or how to work with whatever your budget may be. You can find more of my articles with weeks worth of plans here!

For more, follow me on Instagram at @sydneyinsuburbia. That's where I give step-by-step breakdowns on how I plan my weeks, shop, and cook — hopefully helping you to do it, too!

Instagram: @sydneyinsuburbi