On a tight grocery budget? Check out this $120 two week grocery budget and meal plan for a family of four. A grocery list is included!
**This post was published in 2021 – See note below the grocery list for the current grocery cost as of September 2023**
Today I have a new, budget-friendly two week meal plan and grocery list to share with you!
With the prices in my area at the time I’m writing this (March 2021) you can purchase everything you need for this two week meal plan for $120 or less (equivalent to a $60 a week grocery budget). I hope this post will be helpful, whether you follow it to a T or just use it for some new ideas to make your own meal plan and hopefully help you eat out less as well!
Prefer to shop one week at a time? Check out my other meal plan posts here: $50 Week One // $50 Week Two // $50 Week Three (low-carb) // $50 Week Four (no oven) // $60 Week One // $60 Week Two // $65 Meal Plan // $75 Meal Plan // $80 Meal Plan // $115 Meal Plan // 5 Meals for $40 // Summer Meals on a Budget
A couple of quick notes:
As with all my grocery lists that I share, I’ve tried to include pretty much everything that you’ll need to buy with the exception of really basic things (for example flour, spices, basic condiments, etc.)
For this particular $120 two week grocery budget I priced everything at my local Walmart just to keep things simple. However, I am regularly able to get certain foods for cheaper (the beef for instance) by watching for markdowns or shopping sales at my local Kroger.
As I’ve mentioned in past posts, to simplify my meal planning I mainly plan for dinners and just keep some basic items on hand for breakfasts and lunches.
Also, I love to save time and make my life easier when I can by cooking once and eating twice, so you’ll notice that two of the meals on this meal plan are on the menu both weeks. I simply make enough for two meals the first week and freeze half for the following week.
And finally, just FYI I would consider this a meal plan for a family of four, though it will feed our family of six since our kids are little.
Okay, with all that being said, let’s dive in! Here is my two week meal plan and grocery list for $120 or less.
$120 Two Week Grocery Budget and Meal Plan
Cereal, eggs, oatmeal (regular or baked)
Lunch meat & cheese sandwiches (or pb&j – not on the shopping list, just something I generally have on hand), quesadillas, leftovers
Apples, veggies with hummus, pretzels, crackers, granola bars
Week 1 Dinners
- Vegetable Beef Soup (especially love this soup in the fall – yum!) and Homemade French Bread *Put half of the soup and one of the loaves of bread in the freezer for next week.
- Sausage and Spinach Pasta
- Poppyseed Chicken w/ rice, broccoli *Divide into two 8×8 baking dishes and put one in the freezer to bake the next week (yay for meal prep and making life easier later!)
- Crispy Chicken, Rice and Bean Burritos, raw veggies
- Baked Macaroni and Cheese, green beans *This is the only meatless meal on this menu.
- Breakfast for dinner
Week 2 Dinners
- Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowls
- Vegetable Beef Soup and Homemade French Bread *pull from the freezer, thaw, and reheat
- Poppyseed Chicken *thaw in the fridge overnight and then bake
- BLTs, raw veggies
- BBQ Drumsticks + Potato Wedges or Crockpot Drumsticks & Potatoes, salad
- Frozen Pizza, salad (yay for easy!)
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[part of my grocery order]
My Two Week Grocery List
Apples (2 – 3 lb. bags) – $5.96
Carrots – $0.82
Celery – $1.27
Yellow onion – $0.70
Russet Potatoes (5 lbs.) – $2.27
Garlic – $0.42
Cilantro – $0.48
Tomatoes on the vine – $1.48
Romaine hearts – $3.14
Spinach – $1.37
Broccoli crowns (2) – $2.22
Frozen corn – $0.77
Frozen green beans (2 bags) – $0.77
Beef roast (about 2.5 lbs) – $14.28
Chicken drumsticks (5 lb. bag) – $4.76
Chicken breasts (5 lb. bag) – $9.76
Bacon – $3.24
Turkey Sausage (13 oz.) – $2.34
Lunch meat (9 oz.) – $2.48
Dairy / other refrigerated stuff
Milk (3 gallons) – $6.84
Butter – $2.98
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese (16 oz.) – $2.77
Shredded Fiesta blend cheese (16 oz.) – $2.77
Sliced cheese – $1.84
Sour cream (16 oz.) – $1.98
Eggs (18) – $1.76
Large frozen pizza – $5.74
Hummus – $1.98
“Center of the store”
Beef broth (2 – 32 oz.) – $2.44
Diced tomatoes – $0.46
Rotel – $0.98
Elbows pasta (16 oz) – $0.82
Spaghetti (16 oz) – $1.00
Rice – $1.46
Crackers (off-brand Ritz) – $1.98
Cream of chicken soup (2) – $1.88
Black beans (1 can) – $0.58
Tortillas – $1.48
Bread (2 loaves) – $2.96
Large bag of cereal – $5.33
Old fashioned oats – $1.76
Pretzels – $0.82
Granola bars (24 pack) – $2.84
Chocolate chips (12 oz.) – $1.74
Total = $115.72*
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