Need Help for Dinner?

About a year into our marriage I looked at our budget and quickly came to the conclusion that I was spending WAY too much money on groceries. I knew something had to change. Since then almost every week I make a menu. This way I know what to buy at the store, an hour before dinner I am not trying to scrounge up something, I get to try new recipes and most of all I know how much money I am going to spend. (Can you tell I am a type A person?) This is a menu I made for a couple weeks ago. I only plan out six days because at least one day out of the week we either grab something out or have leftovers. Below is my list for the week and the recipes I used. 

Day 1: Spaghetti
1 lb hamburger, 2 cans of sauce, spaghetti noodles, garlic bread and salad
Day 2: Hamburgers
1/2 lb of hamburger, buns, tomato, lettuce, cheese, onion, french fries
Day 3: Tacos
1 lb hamburger, tomato, onion, lettuce, cheese, chips
Day 4: Frozen Pizza
No particular brand just cheapest
Day 5: Cheeseburger Soup
1/2 lb hamburger, onion, carrots, celery, basil, parsley, butter, chicken broth, potatoes, flour, velveeta, milk, salt, peper, sour cream
Day 6: Spinach Casserole
1 package frozen spinach, egg, sour cream, milk, parmesan cheese, onion, monery jack cheese and spaghetti

3 lbs hamburger meat
2 can spaghetti sauce
2 boxes of spaghetti noodles
Garlic bread
Hamburger buns
Cheese- cheddar, moneray, parmeson
2 onions
Bag of potatoes
Frozen pizza whatever is cheapest
Chicken broth
Sour cream

Cheeseburger Soup 
1/2 pound ground beef
3/4 c chopped onion
3/4 c shredded carrots
3/4 c diced celery
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
5 Tablespoons butter, divided
2 cans chicken broth
4 cups peeled, diced potatoes (I used unpeeled red potatoes)
1/4 cup flour
2 cups (8oz) Velveeta, cubed
1 1/2 cup milk
3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup sour cream

In a 6-quart saucepan, brown beef; drain and set aside beef. In the same saucepan, sate onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 2 Tablespoons butter until vegetables are tender (about 10 minutes). Add broth, potatoes and beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Meanwhile, in a small pan, melt remaining 3 Tablespoons of butter. Add flour; cook and stir for 3 minutes or until bubbly. Whisk into soup; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add Velveeta, milk, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream. Makes 8 servings.

Spinach Casserole
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
black pepper, to taste
2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
4 ounces angel hair pasta
Preheat oven to 350'.Cook Spinach and drain well. Cook Angel hair spaghetti according to package and drain well. Combine egg, sour cream, milk, Parmesan cheese, chopped onion, salt, black pepper, and Monterey Jack cheese in a large bowl. Stir well to combine Add cooked/drained Spaghetti and Spinach (while hot) to mixture and mix well. Grease lightly a casserole dish and spread mixture into dish. Cover casserole dish and bake for 15 minutes than take out of oven and uncover and bake for 45 minutes longer in oven or until lightly browned.

Let me know if this helps you with your grocery expense and if you would like any future weeks menus. Enjoy!


  1. Nothing about how you help your sister with it..

  2. yeah but my sister is so smart she doesn't need my help!

  3. I was just working on my menus for this week. Now I'm adding cheeseburger soup! Thanks, Katie!

    1. You will not be disappointed! It is one of our favorites! It also freezes well if you have leftovers.

  4. Yeah! Glad to see you are blogging girl. Grace is SO CUTE! If I ever get organized enough to actually make a grocery list, then these meal plans will be awesome! I might just print your list one week and give it a try :-) Are you still using coupons? Thanks for sharing.

    1. Heidi you do not need any help with dinner. You always have something in mind, you are that good you don't have to plan like me. I am still using coupons... however, I can not say that they save me much money. But I do try.


Hi! I'm Katie. Wife to Michael. Mom to Grace, David Michael & Emma. Christ Follower. Runner. Stay at home mommy.
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