$5 Dinners Week of 12/5 $4.68 Average Cost

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My goal is to provide dinner for my family for an average of $5 except on special occasions. We don’t have to eat beans and rice to accomplish this goal!  I shop the grocery sales each week.  Then I plan my menu based on the foods I have already at home (at a great price). I balance more expensive meals with less expensive ones. We typically only cook a main dish 4 or 5 times a week. Each main dish cooked will serve 4-6, and the leftovers will be for easy dinners on the weekend, or to freeze for another week. This cuts down on cleaning, cooking, and meal planningsaving us lots of time!

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Tomato Soup and Grapes
2 cans tomato soup @ .66
8 slices bread @ .48
4 thick slices of velveeta @ .78
8 thin slices of ham @ .67
Grapes @ .44
Total Cost $3.03

Grilled Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, Sweet Peas and toast
1 lb. pork chops @ 1.47
3 potatoes @ .80
butter, cheese and bacon bits for the potatoes @ .20
1 can sweet peas @ .58

4 slices of bread for toast @ .16
total cost: $3.20

Dairy Queen
3 kids meals- chicken strips (including ice cream!) @ 6.58

Total Cost: $9.87
Spaghetti, Cheese Toast, Green Beans, and Grapefruit
4 servings spaghetti @ .50
1/2 jar sauce @ .34
1 can green beans @ .49
2 grapefruit @ $.90
4 pieces of bread @ .16
4 slices of block mozzarella @ .24
garlic salt
Total Cost = $2.63

Average cost of the meals we’re cooking this week: $4.68.

This post is part of Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.


  1. That’s amazing, and you even went out! I try to keep it below $5, but I’m also trying not to use so much canned stuff…having issues over here, and constantly blowing the grocery budget.