Frugal $5 Dinner Menu Week 16 of 2012

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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 planning- saving at us lots of time!

This week we’ll be cooking (in no particular order):
Garlic Pork Chops, Sweet Peas, Rice and Toast with Honey

Alfredo Chicken Helper, Fruit Cocktail, Broccoli with Cheese, Oreos

Spaghetti, Green Beans, Texas Cheese Toast

Grilled Chicken, Creamed Corn, Garlic Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Little Caesar’s Pizza and Apple Slices

Nacho Pie, Pineapple, Bananas, Oreos

For 2012, I will no longer be showing
the cost breakdown for our meals.  This is very time consuming and for
little purpose since I’ve spent the past 18 months showing that a
family of 4 could eat for an average of $5 per dinner.  If you’d like
to see some $5 menu ideas with cost breakdowns, please browse my pages
for $5 Dinner Plans

This post is being linked up to Menu Plan Monday over at OrgJunkie.


  1. Your menu sounds good to me- love alfredo though haven’t had the “helper” one, it’s so easy to make. We’re trying to get better with coupons and such- I am nowhere near $5 a meal, but sometimes we can eat all of us for a couple of bucks depending on the deals- I am not much with coupons, but a demon on finding the markdowns.

  2. thanks for stopping by dddiva. We eat for an average of $5 a meal. Sometimes it’s $7 or $8 and sometimes it’s $2. It helps keep us on track to feel like we can “splurge” a bit :-)