There has been quite a bit of interest in how we manage to feed our large family of 8 for less then $200 a week eating mostly organic. I mean can you imagine how much our family eats, we have almost 4 teenagers that work out in the gym at least 3 days a week. 2 of them work many hours during the week, plus 6 daycare kids. So I’m sure you can imagine how much food has to be cooked at every meal for everyone to leave the table full.
Today I am going to share my menu’s for the next 5 weeks and the shopping lists I used to fill those menu’s. If these have been useful for you please leave me a comment letting me know so that I know there is enough interest to continue to make them for you.
On top of our menu’s we always have a few extra meals that can be made in case something comes up, we forget to take a meal our of the freezer the night before, or for any other reason. If these meals are not used over our 4 weeks of completely planned menu’s then they will be used in our 5th week of menu’s which is our use up the freezer items week. Somehow that week always ends up full of meal ideas still.
Also on Tuesday’s lunch everyone makes their own lunches using leftovers that are in the fridge so we don’t waste any left overs.
- Fish Sticks
- Chicken Nuggets
- Pizza Pockets
- Bean/Rice Burritos
- Hot Dogs
Items Not On Printable Shopping List
In my shopping lists I include everything I needed to pick up for all of our menu’s to have everything needed to make all of the meals. There are things that are on the menu that I didn’t have to pick up because we already had them on hand. So that would be an added expense for anyone needing to pick these items up as well.
I am going to share the items I had on hand you will need. This may not be an all inclusive list as I did my best to go over everything for you to the best of my ability.
- Chicken Broth
- Beef Broth
- Refried Beans
- Brown Sugar
- Taco Seasoning
- Summer Sausage
- Parmesan Cheese
- Wheat Thins
- Big Jar Randall’s Great Northern Beans
One other note, this does not include our milk that we pick up weekly, from a local farm. Also we get our meat from that same farm they have antibiotic free grass fed beef, milk fed pork, and free range chickens. Since our daughter works at this farm we get a lot of our meat for free that she brings home, whatever she doesn’t bring home we purchase it from the farm before meal making day.
Farmers Market/ Co-Op Pick Up
On top of the items listed above there are a few other items we get from our local farmers market or farm co-op not on our lists. We feel strongly about eating local spray free produce as much as possible. We also can and freeze as much as we can which gives us access to what we have in our freezer.
These are items that will change with the seasons. For example it is starting to change to fall food which will include lots of squash, pumpkin, apples, etc. Apples are huge this time of year so we eat a lot more apple slices and make our own homemade applesauce you will see they are on our menu’s pretty frequently!
Because we get produce directly from farmers we save a ton of money too. We can get a whole bushel of apples for $25 which is really cheap for spray free apples, much cheaper then store bought organic fruit.
- Acorn Squash
- Butternut Squash
- Apples / Applesauce
- Zucchini/Squash (fried veggies)
- Local Raw Honey
- Sweet Potatoes
Breakfasts Not Planned Out
If you have read through our meal planning posts you would know that I plan out all of our lunches and dinners. Breakfasts are not planned on the menu’s since I read my bible and drink my coffee in the morning, while the kids are getting their own breakfast now that they are older. The kids have quite a few choices on what they can make.
- Fruit Smoothies
- Breakfast Sandwiches (with bagels or english muffins)
- Granola with Yogurt
- English Muffins with homemade jam or peanut butter
- Yogurt and Fruit
Read our full posts on how to make your own meals if you want to know the steps we take on making these meals. We spend 1 day making banana/pumpkin/etc breads and muffins. 1 day making homemade pizza pockets, and rice and bean burritos.
Then we spend a Sunday working together for about 5-6 hours to make all of the meals. I am working to get videos up of the process for you, they will eventually get done and I will share a post letting you know when they are available.
Due to the extra things we have to add in that are not just at Costco, the average that we pay per week for all of our groceries including EVERYTHING is about $200 a week. For 8 people plus 6 daycare kids, I think that is really good for the way we eat!!
Some of our favorite resources for Meal Making Day
My Pinterest board has lots of great freezer meal ideas, stop over and check it out for other freezer meals.
Download Menu’s and Shopping Lists
Below are all 5 weeks worth of menu’s and the shopping lists, for your convenience to download and print them. Please do not share with others, if you know someone who would find them useful please direct them to the post on my website.
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