For this week, I am working around special dietary situation. I started a 15 day juicing cleanse on Friday, so I will not be eating with the family at all. Nor will I be cooking, to avoid the temptation of a little taste-test here and there. My husband has been kind enough to offer to take on that duty for me this week, which means I want my meals to be simple and quick. Here’s what we’re having.
Below you will find 2 different shopping lists and meal plans for the $1 Per Person Shopping List & Meal Plan. You can choose which one you want to try. Then come back for the other one the next week.
Week 1 – $1 Per Person Shopping List Meal Plan
(2) Homemade Bread French Toast (basic french toast using homemade bread)
(2) Egg Scramble (scrambled eggs with any meat & veggies we have on hand)
(3) Amish Oatmeal
1. BBQ Chicken Legs on the grill (chicken legs covered with store BBQ sauce), veggies
2. Veggie Quesadillas
3. Chorizo and Potato Frittata with homemade chorizo
4. Chicken with Mushrooms & Mustard, veggies
5. Crock Pot Chili
6. Breakfast for Dinner – using whatever we have on hand
7. Easy Spaghetti & Meat Sauce (cooked ground beef + canned pasta sauce over spaghetti), veggies
Here’s my shopping list. You can scroll down to get a printable version. Items starred indicate a matching Target Cartwheel offer.
NOTE: this list assumes you have milk on hand, along with basic pantry staples, including: cinnamon, olive oil, vegetable oil, nonstick cooking spray, vanilla, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, ground coriander, dried oregano, cayenne pepper, paprika, cloves, cider vinegar and ancho chili powder. If you plan to make the vinaigrette you’ll need to have balsamic vinegar too.
- Veggies for sides
- Green Pepper
- Serrano Pepper
- Yukon Gold Potatoes (3 med)*
- Mushrooms (1 cup)
- Chicken Legs
- Ground Pork
- Chicken Breast*
- Ground Beef (for 2 meals)
- Bread Flour
- Quick Cooking Oats*
- Pizza Sauce
- BBQ Sauce*
- Dijon Mustard
- Diced Tomatoes (28 oz)*
- Tomato Paste (6 oz)
- (2) Cans Kidney Beans (15 oz each)
- Tomato Sauce (15 oz)*
- Spaghetti Sauce*
- Spaghetti Noodles*
- Check spices for homemade chorizo to be sure you have them all*
- English Muffins*
- Mozzarella Cheese (1 c)*
- Parmesan Cheese (2 c)*
- Monterey Jack Cheese (2 c)*
- 2 Dozen Eggs
- Cheese Slices
- Heavy Cream*
- Light Cream
Bread & Cereal
- Bread for grilled cheese
- White Corn Tortillas*
Coupons to Use:
- The best way to get coupons to help you save on groceries is to use Printable Coupons and Deals. They are always updating with the newest and best coupons to save on groceries. I would recommend signing up for their Coupons email list that way you won’t miss a coupon.
Week 2 – $1 Per Person Shopping List Meal Plan
We rarely go out to eat, so I generally plan breakfast, lunch and dinner for all seven days. Breakfasts and lunches are usually pretty simple. I try to use whole chicken (or fryer pieces) for one meal every week, since it is so affordable. I also have at least one breakfast for dinner for the same reason – this time we’re having two.
ADJUSTMENT: I have two recipes calling for ground beef: one requires 1.5 lbs and the other 1 lb. Since some stores sell only one pound packages, I have rounded down to 2 lbs on the shopping list (+ it saves a little money)! Feel free to add an extra 1/2 lb. if you like.
Slow Cooker Jambalaya
Pizza Pasta Casserole & veggies
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken
Smothered Salisbury Steak Tips, Potatoes, Veggies
Julia Child’s Quiche
Honey Baked Chicken, Potatoes, Veggies
Here is your shopping list. You can scroll down and find a printable version.
NOTE: This list assumes you have the following pantry staples on hand: All-Purpose Flour, Sugar, Vanilla, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt, Italian Seasoning, Cinnamon, Olive Oil, Mayo, Vinegar, Corn Starch, Prepared Mustard, Dried Oregano, Dried Parsley, Cayenne Pepper, Cajun Seasoning, Dried Thyme.
Fruit/Veggies (go to Aldi’s!)
- Ripe Bananas (4-8)
- Blueberries (1-2 c.)
- Celery (1-2 stalks)
- Onions (2-3)
- Garlic (2 cloves)
- Potatoes (side dish – use your favorite kind)
- Lemon (1 for zesting)
- Veggies for Side Dishes – whatever is on sale
- Deli Turkey (for 4-8 spirals)
- Pepperoni (2 meals)
- 2 lbs. Ground Beef (2 meals)
- 6-8 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Smoked Turkey Sausage (1 lb.)
- 6 Chicken Fryer Pieces
- Bacon (1/2 lb.)
- Chopped Walnuts (1 c.)
- Pickles (4-8 oz.)
- Spaghetti Sauce (32 oz.)
- Spiral Pasta (16 oz.)
- Light Brown Sugar (1 c.)
- Lemon Lime Soda (1 can)
- Soy Sauce (2 Tbsp.)
- Brown Gravy Mix (1 packet)
- Honey (1/3 c.)
- Diced Tomatoes (28 oz.)
- Chicken Broth (1 c.)
- White Rice (5-6 servings)
- Butter (4 sticks)
- 2 dozen eggs
- Cream Cheese (8 oz.)
- Cheddar Cheese Slices (4-8 for spirals)
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (2 meals)
- Swiss Cheese (3/4 c.)
- Milk (1 c.)
- Sour Cream (1 c.)
- 1 Pie Crust
Bread & Cereal
- Bread (1 loaf)
- Flour Tortillas (2 meals)
- Check your local grocery store sale ads to see who has the best deals on meat and dairy this week.
- Shop at Aldi’s for your fresh produce.
- Some of these items (like pizza sauce & pepperoni) are part of a buy 10, get $5 Target gift card deal running through January.
- I suggest printing all coupons, but check other brands (including store brands) before buying to be sure you’re getting the best price.
- Consider doing some stockpile shopping while you’re out to help build up your pantry. If you participate in the $40 stockpiling challenge, you might get it all for FREE!
Your prices will vary based on where you live, but after coupons your total should come to around $110. If you’re feeding a family of 5 x 3 meals x 7 days, that works out to be around $1.05 per person per meal.