(Closed) Budget Friendly Meals!! $50/week for groceries for two people?

posted 11 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2546 posts
Sugar bee

Omg I will be watching this thread!! We are commited to only eating out once every 3 weeks in order to save money. Our grocery bill has been insane lately.

Post # 4
1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We go to Aldi’s their stuff is cheap, it’s all German imported and they don’t accept credit cards… debit, checks, or cash only. We get a cart of groceries for about $50.

Post # 5
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@firsttimemom: we go to Aldi too! Haha and our bill is around $50 a week for myself, my husband, and his dad! We do occassionally get stuff from shaws…like lunch meat but for 3 grown people it isn’t that much. I recommend seeing if there is one near you…we love it!

Post # 6
2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

our grocery budget is $40 a week. it takes a lot of getting used to, but it’s really not that bad.

the key is to plan your menus around the weekly sales. only buy the essentials, and never buy non-staples that aren’t on sale (especially things like meat and cheese) and stock up when you can. the most frustrating thing for me and fi is not getting enough fresh fruit. we buy when the price is low enough and we eat lots of bananas. we’ll get a few cans of fruit when they’re on sale too, because fresh fruit is high at certain times of year. we also had to cut out things like milk and cereal — oatmeal or english muffins are SO much more cost-effective.

Post # 7
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Here are some good and healthy! budget-friendly meals I make all the time (this makes me realize we eat a lot of beans!):

Carnitas soft tacos – carnitas (slow-cook a pork shoulder roast with garlic, onions, oregano, juice and zest of one lime until it falls apart), black beans, fresh cilantro, tomatillo salsa (tomatillos – super cheap! – blended with garlic, lime juice, cumin, a bit of cilantro, a dash of cayenne), and diced red onion.

Grilled chicken and bean salad – grill chicken thighs (marinate in lemon juice, oil, red wine vinegar, and herbs/spices you like), serve with chickpea, chopped parsley, and feta salad (dress with olive oil, lemon juice, lots of salt and pepper).

Spaghetti al limon with spinach salad – cook spaghetti and remove from pot, reserving a bit of cooking water.  Whisk together cooking water, olive oil, and a little milk.  Simmer until slightly thickened, then add zest and juice of one lemon, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  Remove from heat, put pasta back in, stir, and then cover and let sit about 5 minutes (to absorb sauce).  Serve with a simple spinach salad.

Bean soup – render fat from 4-5 pieces of bacon or a piece of ham, add chopped onion, garlic, carrot, and celery and saute about 5 minutes, add pre-soaked beans (I like any kind of white beans the best) and cover with cold water.  Bring to a hard boil, and then reduce to a simmer.  Cook “slow and low” until beans are tender (about 2 hours).  Add whatever other vegetables you want (spinach, kale, tomatoes are favorites in my house) until just cooked, and serve with good bread or a simple salad.

Homemade pizza with a variety of toppings – Friday favorite in my house!  I love the pre-made 99 cents pizza dough from Trader Joe’s – or PM me if you want an excellent make-at-home, super easy pizza dough recipe.

Post # 8
530 posts
Busy bee

We’ve been eating bean burritos:

2 16 oz cans black beans, drained & rinsed (but reserve about 2T liquid)

1 can diced tomatoes, drained

1 can (15 ounces) black beans, undrained

1 t Chili Powder

1 t ground cumin

1 heaping t minced garlic

1/4 t dried oregano leaves

1/8 t ground cayanne peppper

salt to taste

1.  Mix beans, reserved liquid, chili powder, cumin, garlic , oregano and red pepper in blender or food processor; cover. Process until beans are coarsely chopped. Transfer mixture to small saucepan.

2. Cook on medium-low heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Wrap in tortillas with some cheese.

Yummy & low fat!

Post # 9
31 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011


I would love that pizza dough recipe. We don’t have the .99 pizza dough, and we have been craving to make homemade pizza, but the dough here is like almost $4 a roll and we usually make 2.


Post # 10
7086 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

This is one of my faves:

Sliced potatoes (I peal them, but my mom doesn’t), can of cream of onion and can of cream of cerery, pound of hamburger fried, and a can of french cut green beans.  Layer the potatoes, hamburger, green beans, potatoes, soup then hamburger, green beans potatoes soup, etc.  In a casserole dish.  Bake at 350 for about 45 min to an hour until potatoes are soft.   It is sooooo yummy.  It has become one of my future step sons favorite foods.

Post # 11
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MaxToRoss: Not sure if you have it in the stores where you are but there is a boxed brand called “Jiffy Mix”, I see it most for cornbread but they have a pizza dough mix you just add water to anf it is between $0.50 and $0.75 usually! Pretty tasty too!

Post # 12
1113 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ditto to planning your meals around weekly sales.

My BFF is allrecipes.com

You can type any ingredient in the search engine and it will pull up any recipe including that ingredient.

Post # 13
42 posts

1 lb. link of smoked sausage, diced

1 onion, diced

2 stalks diced celery, optional

2-3 diced carrots, optional

1 large can tomatoes, chopped but not drained

1 lb. bag of mixed beans (17-bean is best)

Set beans to soak overnight (or boil them for two minutes, turn off heat, and let sit, covered, for one hour).  Drain.

To beans, add two quarts water or stock and rest of ingredients.  Simmer til tender.  Add water as needed.

Makes a ton of delicious soup and only costs a couple of bucks.  If you have a ham bone, throw it in, too.  Makes it even better!

Post # 15
5323 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I love allrecipes.com and also skinnytaste.com. I find skinnytaste has a lot of quick and simple ingredient meals that always taste amazing and don’t need a lot of random one-time-use ingredients. Tonight I’m making penne a la vodka and garlic cheddar biscuits from there 🙂

To cut costs at the grocery store I buy things when they’re on sale, especially meat. Chicken breasts go on sale for half price every 3-4 weeks here, so I stock up and freeze them. It’s a hit on the grocery bill at the time, but really saves a lot in the long run. We don’t get a lot of coupons here, but I think if we had crazy couponing available here like they do in the States I would be a coupon queen!!!

Post # 16
76 posts
Worker bee

Last week I whipped up a fairly budget friendly meal. I saw pork sirloin roasts on sale for $.99/lb, the 2 1/2lb roast was enough meat for two dinners easily! If you like pulled pork, or carnitas for tacos, look up some crockpot meals on allrecipes.com.

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