Is your wallet looking a little thin toward the end of the month? Your grocery bill can take a huge chunk out of your monthly budget, and by the end of the month, you’re ready for some magic to happen. Prepare to be amazed and see how you can spend $25 on groceries this week to feed a family of four.
Grab our shopping list below and follow these six simple shopping tips that’ll keep you from falling for high-cost shopping traps. You’ll be set to enjoy some serious savings!
Budget Grocery Shopping Tricks:
- Make a list and stick to it
- Use grocery store flyers to take advantage of sales
- Buy generic brands
- Check the bottom shelves for best prices
- Steer clear of enticing endcaps
- Use coupons whenever possible
Let’s assume you have a few items already in your pantry: cooking oil, spices, sugar, peanut butter and jelly.
Here’s what you’ll need to pick up at the store this week to keep your meals within a $25 budget.
- 10 oz. oatmeal
- Whole wheat bread
- 1 bag tortillas
- Bag of brown rice
- Bag of lentils
- Bag of black beans
- 16 oz. elbow pasta
- 3 cans 28 oz. diced tomatoes
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 2 bananas
- Can of salsa
- Canned peaches
- Can of tuna
- Cheddar cheese
- 12 eggs
- 32 oz. vanilla yogurt
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 packets taco seasoning
Now that you have your ingredients, here’s how they all come together. Pick and choose your menu from the meal options below.
- Sunday-Friday: 6 breakfast servings of oatmeal
- Saturday: 1 breakfast serving of yogurt with canned peaches
- Sunday-Tuesday: 3 lunch servings of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
- Wednesday-Thursday: 2 lunch servings of peanut butter toast with sliced bananas
- Friday-Saturday: 2 lunch servings of leftovers (lentil soup with rice)
- Sunday-Monday: 2 dinner servings of slow cooker chili
- Tuesday: 1 dinner serving of slow cooker lentil soup with rice
- Wednesday: 1 dinner serving of tuna casserole
- Thursday-Friday: 2 dinner servings of easy, cheesy burritos
- Saturday: 1 dinner serving of power toast
Slow Cooker Chili - Serves 8
- 1 pound black beans
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 3 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 packet taco mix
- 2 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
Directions: The night before making the chili, rinse and cover the black beans with water in a bowl. Soak overnight at room temperature. In the morning, discard the liquid and place the beans, onion, canola oil and salt in a large slow cooker with one quart of water and one tablespoon of salt. Cook on high for eight to 10 hours. Remove two cups of beans (reserve these beans for the “Easy Cheesy Burrito” meal later in the week).
Drizzle oil over remaining beans. Add taco mix and tomatoes to the crock pot. Cover and cook on high for one hour, or until hot. Serve and enjoy.
Slow Cooker Lentil Soup - Serves 4
- 1 ½ cups lentils
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 2 cups broth or water
- ½ onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon oil
Directions: Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 ½ hours. Serve over rice.
Tuna Casserole - Serves 4
- 1 can of tuna
- 1 (16 ounce bag) pasta, cooked
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup cheese
Directions: Toss tuna, cooked pasta, mushroom soup and water together. Top with cheese. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees until hot, and cheese is melted–about 20 minutes.
Easy Cheesy Burritos
- 2 cups brown rice, cooked
- 1 cup black beans
- ½ cup cheddar cheese
- 1 cup salsa
- 4 tortillas
Directions: In a large bowl, stir together rice, black beans, cheddar and salsa. Spoon into tortillas. Wrap tortillas in tin foil and place in an oven preheated to 350 degrees.
Power Toast - Serves 4
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 8 eggs
- ½ cup cheese
- 4 slices toast
Directions: In a large skillet, heat canola oil over medium heat. Add eggs and use a spatula to scramble the eggs as they cook. Add cheese once the egg mixture is nearly cooked. Cook just until the cheese melts and the scrambled eggs have set. Serve atop toast and enjoy.
While preparing your shopping list, check out our article on the top 12 ways to save money on groceries to help spread your money.
Before you shop: To keep within budget to spend $25 on groceries this week, we added bagged pinto beans to the grocery list as they provide more bang for your buck than canned beans. Dried beans may take longer to prepare, but you’ll be amazed by the flavor and how many meals you’ll get out of just one bag.
Brooke McLay is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, food writer, and single mom to four rad kids. Author of two cookbooks and the beloved blog, CheekyKitchen.com, her creative approach to fast, fresh, family-friendly foods has garnered her regular gigs with Disney’s Babble.com, Tablespoon.com, Good Cook, and Coupons.com.