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Looking to reduce your grocery budget? Tired of spending money eating out?
I try to spend as little as possible on our food, and usually aim to cook dinners under $5 for the 2 of us. This weekly meal plan for 2 includes 7 dinners with sides for under $40.
You decide what to do with the money you save!
$40 Weekly Meal Plan for 2
*Prices listed are current Aldi prices. If you don’t have an Aldi, check out your local discount grocery store or shop the sales ad at your nearby grocery.
These meals aren’t anything extravagant or fancy. They are simple meals that you can easily make and get dinner on the table without breaking your budget. So… little effort, little time, and very little money required!
Here’s the menu for the week!
Sunday: Chicken Teriyaki
Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts, 1 bag instant rice, 1 package of frozen brocolli medley, and soy sauce
Directions: Dice and grill chicken in skillet. Steam vegetables and add to pan with chicken. Heat rice. Mix together with soy sauce.
Ingredients: 1/2 lb ground beef, 1 jar pasta sauce, spaghetti noodles, french bread
Directions: Brown ground beef. Boil spaghetti noodles. Heat french bread. Add beef to pasta sauce.
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Salad
Ingredients: 1 chicken breast, 1 bag of salad mix, shredded cheese, croutons, dressing, french bread
Directions: Dice and grill chicken in skillet. Add to salad mix with toppings. Serve with french bread on side.
Ingredients: 1/2 lb ground beef, kidney beans, pinto beans, tomato sauce, cornbread
Directions: Brown ground beef. Add beans, tomato sauce, and desired seasonings to pot. Drain ground beef and add to beans. Bake cornbread.
Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef, tortillas, taco seasoning, shredded cheese, chips, salsa
Directions: Brown ground beef. Drain and add taco seasoning. Serve with chips and salsa.
Friday: Grilled Chicken
Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts, 1 can of vegetables, french bread
Directions: Grill chicken breasts. Heat french bread. Serve with side of vegetables.
Saturday: Flatbread Pizza
Ingredients: flatbread, marinara sauce, shredded cheese, pepperoni
Directions: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Add marinara sauce, shredded cheese, and pepperoni to 2 flatbreads. Bake for 10-15 minutes – until cheese is melted.
Sounds pretty easy and tasty, right?
Here’s your shopping list:
*Current Aldi prices noted.
- 1 bag of frozen chicken breasts $5.99
- 2 lbs ground beef at $2.29/lb – $4.58
- Instant rice $1.49
- Soy sauce $1.29
- 1 bag of frozen broccoli vegetable medley $0.99
- Pasta sauce $0.99
- Spaghetti noodles $1.49
- French bread $1.59
- Salad mix $0.89
- Croutons $0.89
- Dressing $0.89
- Kidney beans $0.55
- Pinto beans $1.05
- Tomato sauce $0.25
- Cornbread $0.47
- Tortillas $0.99
- Taco seasoning $0.35
- Tortilla chips $0.99
- Salsa $1.29
- Can of vegetables $0.49
- Flatbread $3.49
- Marinara sauce $0.99
- Pepperoni $2.19
- Shredded cheese $1.89
Total = $36.07
You can even grab a carton of ice cream for $1.95 and stay under $40. 🙂
I know these meals aren’t super exciting, but the idea is to get dinner on the table without breaking your budget. Having a meal plan will keep you from stopping for take out and spending more than you have to.
What are your favorite meals under $5?