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

posted 11 years ago in Home
Post # 17
5092 posts
Bee Keeper


I have a similar recipe:

1 lb. ground hamburg

Coined carrots

thinly sliced potatoes

1 can of Cream of Tomato Soup

Layer hamburg on the bottom of a casserole dish, add sliced carrots, and sliced potatoes, empty can of tomato soup on top.  Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes until veggies are soft.  Mmm.

Post # 18
5092 posts
Bee Keeper

Another simple casserole or hot dish: My husband’s mother used to make-he loves it:

Slice (any type favorite) sausage links into coins, add kernel and/or creamed corn add 1 egg per can of corn, some type of starch-bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, bread crumbs, oatmeal or cornflake type cereal.  Bake in casserole dish til firm. 

Post # 19
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The way we save money is making everything..it saves overpriced marked up of a prepared meal and home cooking is so much healthier for us.  If i get home early, I scope out the 50% section at Fresh n Easy, they usually have pretty good stuff that I can just cook for that night..but other than that, we try not to skim on food.  We like to eat, so we shop for the healthy stuff.  We’d cut out shopping and other stuff to save money though. 

Post # 21
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I need to kick the habit of shopping every night for groceries after work.  I hate keeping fresh stuff in the fridge for too long though!  My all time favorite cooking blog is http://www.thepioneerwoman.com she has the best food ever!  I can’t say that it’s figure friendly, but I usually have most of the ingredients on hand.

Post # 22
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

do a plan of all your meals – write a list of ingredients out for them and buy what you need – dont divert from your list and buy extra!

also take packed lunch to work 

and do stock takes at home of cupboard food – and try to make meals plans using as much stuff that you already have and only buy what else you need

Post # 23
3683 posts
Sugar bee

mmmm I make this thing my daughter calls Ketchup Chicken but it sounds better to call it sweet and sour chicken.

Cook up some boneless skinless chix breast and cut into small pieces.

Mix together ketchup, soy sauce, apple juice (although other juices work), and some honey. I tend to do about equal parts ketchup, soy sauce and juice.

Throw the chicken in. Cook at 350 for 30 min. Serve over rice.

It is to die for and super easy and cheap.

Post # 24
3683 posts
Sugar bee

ooh another good meal is Italian Dressing Fajitas

You can use either chicken or strip steak (pork might even work too!)

Cook up frozen peppers and onions (or fresh if you’re not lazy like me). Set aside.

Cook chicken or steak thoroughly (I use a Wok.)

Throw peppers and onions back in. Stir for a few minutes. Shut off Wok. Add cut tomatoes and Italian dressing.

It does not sound good but it is absolutely amazing.

Post # 25
31 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

We plan out our meals every week. We make a list–if we buy chicken breasts, then we know that there are 3 pieces of chicken in each package. That can make two meals between the two of us. If they are large pieces, we can make three meals.

Something easy is grilling the chicken and putting in on some cooked pizza dough. You can use bbq sauce or pizza sauce as your sauce. We throw on veggies: onion, feta cheese, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, olives, jalapenos, etc. You can pick up a package of pizza dough for 99 cents.

We pick out all 7 meals before we go to the grocery store. We look at the sales papers first. Then I put a list of all of our meals on our fridge in the order that the meat goes bad. It works for us!

Post # 26
52 posts
Worker bee

I have become an avid coupon user.  Unfortunetly in Canada we don’t get double coupon days like in the States, but even still, I manage to get tons of stuff for free or almost free.  The main things that coupons help with is toiletries and cleaning supplies.  So far this year I have saved over $500 in coupons and my husband and I have enough deodorant, razors, soap, and ziplock bags to last well over a year.  For groceries, we always watch prices and plan meals.  Being able to reutlilze leftovers helps a lot.  Bulk cooking also helps.  Making a huge pot of spagetti sauce means I have three or four meals worth in the freezer at all times.  Same thing with chilli.  Having some quick meals in the freezer cuts down on eating out for nights when I don’t feel like cooking.

Post # 27
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park

Easy Salisbury Steak (I got it from the Kraft magazine that goes out sometimes)

• 1 lb. ground beef

• 1 pkg. stuffing (like stouffer’s)

• 1 C bbq sauce

• 1/4 C water

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together and shape into patties on a foil-lined pan. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until browned through. Top with extra bbq sauce. Goes great with mashed potatoes or mac and cheese, or even canned beans and veggies. Super cheap and easy!

Party Chicken

• Chicken breasts

• 1 12oz carton Sour Cream

• 1 can cream of mushroom

Preheat oven to 350. Mix sour cream and cream of mushroom. Put chicken breasts in a pan (or crockpot, high for 3 hours, low for 6) and top with soup mix. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.


I love both of these recipes, they’re on my constant recipe rotation. They’re cheap, quick, and super easy!

Post # 28
3329 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@tksjewelry:  can this recipe be made with sausage instead of burger?


Post # 29
3329 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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.

I am making this tonight – wish me luck.

Post # 30
3015 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would LOVE to get my bill down to $50 per week. I agree with basing your shopping list around the sale flyer & using coupons whenever you can. Look for recipes that have very few ingredients (there are several cookbooks out there that are dedicated to this). The cheapest meats that you can do several different ways and recycle for other meals are chicken and ground beef. Example: I’ll buy a whole chicken & bake it for one meal, then save the carcass & leftover meat to make a huge pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. The soup is always enough for two meals. And bam- I got 3 dinners out of a $6 chicken ! Smile

Post # 31
1293 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Whole Foods puts out a little publication every couple months called either Four under $40 or 15 under $40 that has recipes and a shopping list that will give you four dinners for a family and use $40 worth of Whole Foods groceries (it would be even less if you buy some items at a regular grocery store).

They don’t put them online, so you have to watch out for them.  Because there are only two of us, the recipes usually give us 6 dinners.

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