Trader Joe’s Meal Plans: $70 or Less for a Week’s Worth of Dinners

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I’ve got a new $70 meal plan up over at Life as MOM, if you’re interested. They are pretty in-depth, offering lots of make-ahead options and cheats to saving money.

Yes, Virginia, you can have dinner for $10 or less.

Plan 1: Mostly Chicken (chicken sliders, chicken & bean burritos, salsa verde chicken, sausages and rice, tortellini pasta salad, soup, and pizza)

Plan 2: Mostly Meatless (green chile burritos, cheese enchiladas, egg sandwiches, Popeye’s burgers, meat sauce and pasta, vegetable soup, pizza)

Plan 3: Pretty Meaty (pasta with meat sauce, chili beans soup, pizza, tacos, sandwiches, and chicken)

Plan 4: Comfort Foods (chicken pot pie, homemade mac and cheese, lawnmower taco, beans and rice, soup, pizza, broccoli and bacon egg bake)

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. This is great! When you say 10$ average a meal, is this for one person or a family?

  2. Christina says

    I’m very excited to try this. We recently followed the Chicken plan and it was cheap and tasty. Love!

  3. Jessica, thank you so much for making these meal plans. I appreciate them so much.

  4. Mialee says

    Are there certain groceries that you regularly buy at Trader Joe’s? I’ve never been there, but would like to drive the 30 minutes just to look around. If there are great buys on certain items that you, a frugal shopper, stock up on, what might they be? I’m just curious what to look for. Thanks!

    • I think it depends on how you regularly shop and what kind of deals you find if you will think TJ’s is budget. For the non-GMO and ingredient guarantees, I think that makes it worth my while. I regularly buy their power greens, nuts, Ak-mak, rice cakes, canned coconut milk, boxed cereal, pasta, ground turkey, and frozen chicken. It’s not cheaper than I could find at a grocery store sale w/ or w/o coupons, but it’s better quality, so it works out.

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