Meal plan for the week of October 2

This week we start the SNAP challenge. My grocery budget is $232 for the month but I’ve already spent over $43 on staples. This week, I’ll be using a roast chicken for three meals plus leftovers for lunch on Tuesday. I’ve got to buy some spices or at least find out the prices so I can add them to my budget. The SNAP challenge rules state that you must include the cost of everything you use.

Jeff and I are not big breakfast eaters. I usually grab a banana on my way to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Jeff usually doesn’t do breakfast (other than his pot of coffee everyday) but eats lunch early. Lunches will be leftovers, except for Monday, which will probably be breakfast for lunch since we are both home on Mondays. For snacks, I’ll make apple sauce and snickerdoodles.

Some items will be used for multiple meals.

Dinner is as follows:

Monday – Roast Chicken, buttered noodles and green beans

Tuesday – Spaghetti and sauce, bread and salad

Wednesday – Tacos with homemade tortillas and all the fixings

Thursday – Build your own casserole with leftover chicken, bread and salad

Friday – Porterhouse Steak, mashed potatoes and corn

Saturday – Chicken soup with egg noodles and veggies, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, veggie sticks

Sunday – Pancakes, sausage and orange juice

I’ve mixed some inexpensive dinners, like spaghetti (the sauce is made with tomato paste! So easy and cheap) and pancakes, so we can have a few expensive dinners, like tacos and steak (which is $4.99 a lb this week and we share one steak).

I will have to go to a few stores this week to pick up things. I’m also going to buy some boneless chicken breasts for the next few weeks ($1.99 a lb for 3lbs or more). Luckily, the stores are either close to home or to work. My grocery list:

Stew Leonards:

  • butter (sale)
  • ham
  • cheese
  • steak (sale)
  • parmesan cheese


  • egg noodles
  • canned green beans
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • chili powder
  • lettuce and salad fixings (tomatoes, carrots, etc)
  • Italian seasoning
  • onion
  • sour cream
  • concentrated orange juice
  • tea bags
  • sugar
  • bananas
  • cinnamon
  • peanut butter

Stop and Shop:

  • chicken breasts (sale – for next week)
  • roasting chicken (sale)
  • creamy Italian dressing (sale)
  • frozen peas and carrots (sale)
  • frozen corn (sale)
  • potatoes (sale)
  • cream of mushroom soup (sale)
  • English muffins (sale)
  • apples

If you are looking for more ideas, check out Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.

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