$25 Meal Plan May 3rd – Frugal Family Meals

This week’s meal plan includes Root Beer Chicken, Chicken Fried Rice and more. 5 family-friendly frugal meals on a budget each week based on sales in Atlantic Canada.

We are sharing these plans is to help inspire you to find lower-cost options and plan ahead to save time and money. If you have specific dietary needs, you can alter some recipes or create your own plans. This is for inspiration, to prove it is possible to feed a family of 4 for supper meals on $25/week…customize as you wish. You can do it!


This $25 meal plan offers suggestions for anyone trying to really cut costs while keeping meals as “real food” or “from scratch” and unprocessed as possible. These are not my personal weekly meal plans, they are simple suggestions for meals on a budget. By providing 4-5 meal options for the week, there are usually leftovers that will cover the other days.

I also have a Pinterest Board for my $25 Meal Plans set up HERE. This includes previous meal plans and some recipe links.

Another great resource of meal planning and ideas is found on our Facebook Page under Videos. Check out the “In The Kitchen” series. I share recipes, meal prep, freezer meals and kitchen tips each week Live. If you follow the page, you will see a notification pop up when we are on live! For ideas of Breakfast options, you can see more here, and prepping lunch ideas, here. (More lunch prep posts coming)

  • Chicken Fried Rice

    from The Recipe Critic

  • Homemade Mac n’ Cheese
    From Living Well Mom
  • Root Beer BBQ Chicken with Rice & Veggies (In a slow cooker or instant pot cook 8 drumsticks/thighs about 2 lbs, 1/2 bottle of BBQ sauce & 1/2 cup Root Beer)
  • Easy Baked Ziti
    from The Country Cook
  • Leftover Mac n’ Cheese and Baked Ziti


*I use reebee to look up the best prices for the items in these menus. Simply go to the site and search the ingredient, and it will display every price for anything available in flyers.

  • Frozen Peas & Carrots $1.77 (1/4 = $0.45)
  • Eggs $1.88 (2 = $0.32)
  • Butter $3 (1/2 = $1.50)
  • Elbow Pasta $1.66
  • Penne Pasta $1.66
  • Cheddar Cheese $3.97 (1/2 = approx. $2)
  • Spaghetti Sauce $2.00
  • Alfredo Sauce $2.00
  • 1lb Ground Beef $2.99
  • BBQ Sauce $1.00 (1/2 = $0.50)
  • Root Beer $0.99 (1/8 = $0.12)
  • 3 lb Chicken Drumsticks/Thighs $1.99/lb=$6


ON HAND (these are the items I tend to purchase and stock up on when they are on sale, using my $25 stock up budget/bi-weekly. Basic pantry items and things we use often.)

  • Spices
  • Seasonings
  • Garlic
  • Rice (purchase a large bag to have on hand for many meals)
  • If you stock up on pasta and pasta sauce, they can be purchased every month for $99 or less

Making homemade rolls, biscuits or Irish soda bread are all affordable options for additions to your meals.

For breakfast ideas, check here.


Please comment, offer suggestions, ask questions and share recipes. This feature is to help people see it IS possible to eat well on a tight budget.

This weekly feature will have at least one meal plan for 4 to 5 supper meals that will feed a family of 4. Some weeks I will show 2 meal plans, but I may not be able to do that every week based on flyer sales.

Most of the items purchased will be flyer or in-store sales, and I will try to incorporate coupons, cash back and points offers when I can.

Be sure to let me know if you are enjoying this weekly feature by commenting on the blog below. Your feedback is the best way to let me know I should keep doing something! 

1 thought on “$25 Meal Plan May 3rd – Frugal Family Meals”

  1. Hi Ruth Ann,

    Thanks for including the chicken fried rice recipe! With our busy lives, it’s so easy to just hit ‘order’ or pick up the phone and get some quick and delicious Chinese takeout. While there’s nothing wrong with a treat every once in a while, this can really kill one’s budget.

    I love making recipes like fried rice because you can customize the ratio of veggies to rice. You can also control how much MSG and oil goes into a recipe. Home cooking is not only more affordable, but it’s healthier!

    Are there any other recipes you make at home as an alternative to takeout – for example, homemade pizzas or pad thai? If so, what are they?

    – Jani, Frugal Fun Finance

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