Food costs are going up, and a lot of us are looking for ways to save money at the grocery store. I’m not much of a couponer, so another way I’ve found to save money is to plan meals around the weekly sale flyer from my local grocery store.
I’m starting a new Saturday feature this week, Seven *Meijer Meals for Under $70. Each week I’ll review the Meijer sales ad preview, and try to create seven meals for a family of four for under $70 a week using ingredients that are in the weekly sale flyer. Recipes will be included, as well as a list of pantry items you likely have on hand already. (A well-stocked pantry will also help you save money. Stock up on pantry items when they go on sale.)
I try to keep the recipes simple and kid friendly. If you’re looking for gourmet, you’re in the wrong place. You’ll find a list of the meals for the week and links to recipes below, followed by a shopping list and list of pantry items.
This week’s shopping lists totals $62.40, not including pantry items. Only two items on the shopping list, carrots and chicken broth, aren’t on sale. That comes out to $8.91 a meal. All meals serve a family of four. Some meals may serve more. Use leftovers for lunches.
*Meijer is a regional chain with stores located in MI, IN, IL, OH and KY. Prices are based on the ad for Kalamazoo, MI area stores. Prices and items may vary based on location.
Meijer Weekly Meal Plan
Meal #1 – Rotisserie Chicken, Peas, Mac & Cheese
Meal #2 – Hamburgers, broccoli and baked beans
Meal #3 – Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans
Homemade Chicken and Noodles Recipe (Use leftover rotisserie chicken)
Meal #4 – Baked Spaghetti & Garlic Bread
Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe
Slice loaf of french bread in half.
Spread with butter or margarine.
Sprinkle with Garlic powder shaking off excess.
Cover with mozzarella cheese.
Bake in 350 degree over 5-7 minutes or until bread is crispy and cheese is melted.
Meal #5 – Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, baked potatoes, asparagus
Broiled Tilapia Parmesan Recipe (This recipe calls for onion powder and celery salt. I usually substitute garlic powder and leave out the celery salt.)
Meal #6 – Ravioli, Salad
Meal #7 – Crock Pot Pot Roast
Crock Pot Pot Roast Recipe
Brown roast on all sides in a skillet. Place carrots on bottom crock pot. Place roast on top of carrots. Season meat with salt and pepper. Place cut up potatoes around roast. Add 1/2 cup of water. Cook on low for eight hours.
Meijer Shopping List
(Several items are 2 for $5 or 3 for $5. Most of the time you can purchase just one item, and still receive the sale price, but if your budget allows take the opportunity to stock up on frozen, canned and dry goods for future meals.)
1 3/4 lb. Hamburger – Certified Angus Beef Ground Beef from Round – $2.89 lb. ($5.05)
2 to 3 lb. roast – Bottom Round Beef Roast $3.69 lb. ($7.38 – $11.07)
1 box spaghetti – Meijer Pasta .79
1 box macaroni – Meijer Pasta .79
2 jars spaghetti sauce – Meijer Pasta Sauce 5 for $5 ($2.00)
1 can of Bush’s Baked Beans – 3 for $5 ($1.66)
Chicken Broth – $2.00 (Non-sale item, price may vary.)
8 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – Sargent0 Shredded Cheese 3 for $6 ($2.00)
2 8 oz. bags Shredded Cheddar Cheese – Sargent0 Shredded Cheese 3 for $6 ($4.00)
Meijer Tilapia Fillets 16 oz. package – $4.49
1 Package Meijer Frozen Broccoli – 5 for $5 ($1.00)
Meijer frozen peas 5 for $5 ($1.00)
Meijer frozen green beans 5 for $5 ($1.00)
Ravioli – Meijer Frozen Pasta 2 for $6 ($3.00)
1 Package of Aunt Millie’s Homestyle Honey Hamburger Buns 2 for $3 ($1.50)
1 loaf All natural French Bread – $1.69
Sartori Sarvechio Parmesan Cheese $4.99
1 lb. asparagus – $2.49 lb.
Homegrown russet potatoes – 10 lb. bag $2.88
Salad – Dole salad blends 2 for $5 ($2.50)
1 lb. bag cut carrots – $2.00 (Non-sale item, price may vary.)
Meijer Rotisserie Chicken – $4.49
Condiments for hamburgers
Butter and or margarine
mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
Pantry items on sale this week
Marzetti Salad Dressing – 2 for $5
Ken’s Salad Dressing – 3 for $4
Kraft Cheese Singles – 2 for $4
Country Crock Shedd’s Spread Margarine – 2 for $3
Meijer Flour – 5 lbs. $1.49