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I need an entire meal plan including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for 2 adults and a toddler for $50 or less. Can anyone help?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:38 AM on Jun. 26, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • Meal plan for a day? Week? Vacation?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:39 AM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • For the week.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:39 AM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • Ginger0104

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 10:43 AM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • Check out http://www.5dollardinners.com
    texasgurl33

    Answer by texasgurl33 at 10:44 AM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • http://www.thegrocerygame.com/


    You need a set of coupons from the Sunday paper and the circular for your grocery store.  Only use coupons on things that are already on sale, and if it's not on sale, you don't need it.  Most of those coupons you won't use for a month or more, but a few will coincide with what's on sale.  There is no "set meal plan" because the prices of everything are different everywhere.  Find out what day your grocery store puts meat on clearance, buy what you can and freeze it.  Get a bag of long grain rice - the real kind, not instant, and use that to fill in your meals where you'd normally put a starch.  Also see if you have a local farm stand.  Only buy what's local - the stuff they import is as expensive as the store.  Again - aim for freezable.

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:44 AM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • Breakfast: Pancakes or oatmeal or a box of cornflakes Need to buy 1 box pancake mix & 1 bottle pancake syrup OR one container oatmeal OR one box cornflakes & milk
    Lunches: leftovers from dinner the night before or sandwiches (tuna, PB & J), Ramen noodles or soup Need to buy 2 loaves bread, tuna, peanut butter & jelly, Ramen noodles or canned soup
    Dinner:
    Tuna macaroni salad made with 1 box elbow mac, 1 can tuna, 1/2 bag frozen peas, miracle whip style salad dressing or ranch salad dressing
    Big can of baked beans with hot dogs cut up into it, cornbread from a Jiffy mix, carrot sticks
    Chicken & rice casserole: 1 can chicken, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 bag frozen peas or frozen broccoli, salt & pepper, 1/2 cup instant rice
    Chicken & stuffing casserole: 1 can chicken, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 bag frozen peas or mixed veggies, 1 box chicken stuffing

    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:32 PM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • Ramen casserole: 2 pkg. beef flavored Ramen noodles, 1 seasoning pkt from the noodles, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, bit of chopped onion, 1/2 lb. browned ground beef or turkey, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 c. milk
    Chicken & gravy over rice: 1 can chicken, 2 pkg. chicken gravy mix, instant rice
    Hot dogs & noodles skillet meal: 1 pkg hot dogs, 1 pkg wide egg noodles, 1 can tomato soup, small bit of diced onion

    Snacks: buy a bag of popcorn or make rice pudding with the instant rice.

    I KNOW that if I buy the majority of these ingredients (everything possible) at my local Dollar General (store brand), buy milk from the local convenience store or on sale (under $2.50 here), add a dozen eggs($1.25 at Dollar General), a couple of loaves of bread from the day old store, I can do all that with about $40. I'd take the remaining $10 and buy a couple of heads of lettuce and a couple of tomatoes, maybe some celery for salads at night.
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:43 PM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • I have recipes for the dinners, contact me if you'd like them! I routinely feed a family of 4 adults and 3 tweens on less than $250 a month and we eat very well.
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:44 PM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • Check out Hillbilly Housewife's Menus.  I reviewed her menu and a few other websites in this article.

    3are_a_blessing

    Answer by 3are_a_blessing at 1:44 PM on Jul. 20, 2009

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