• $50 Weekly Menu Plans Across the USA

    Over the course of the last year and a half of providing $50 weekly menu plans, many guests and members have written in expressing frustration that didn't feel it was possible in their areas. We wholeheartedly agree that some areas are more difficult than others and with that in mind, would like to provide extra assistance to those folks who are diligently trying to reduce their grocery bill.

    With that in mind, each week we will choose a zip code that has been submitted by a member and provide a $50 menu plan from the weekly sales flyers that are available online in the stores in those areas, as well as any tips, ideas and suggestions for additional ways to save money in those particular localities.


    Would you like some Help?

    If you'd like to see your zip code featured, please feel free to comment below and include ALL of the following:

    1. A Typical Menu Plan for 1 week that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

    2. Your Zip Code

    3. Include the Names of 3 Stores in your Area you frequently shop for groceries.

    Without seeing what you're currently eating each week we cannot determine where you need to make cuts/changes in order to save money, nor can we design a menu plan that will work for your family, (nor will we try).

    The more information you can provide, the more assistance we can offer.

    Failure to include your current menu plan will result in your request being skipped.

    Comments 302 Comments
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Hello! And thanks so much for all the great tips!

      I am 22 and have been living on my own since I was 18 and I am still trying to figure out the best way to buy groceries. My boyfriend and I live together and it seems that I cannot buy groceries for less than $500 a month and there is only 2 of us!! We are on a very tight budget as we are just starting out in life. I do clip coupons and tend to save anywhere from $40-$80 but my bill still ends up being around $200 (We get paid every 2 weeks so I shop for 2 weeks at a time.)

      I generally shop at Kroger because they accept my coupons and I tend to save a lot when I use my Kroger card. However I noticed that you do not have Kroger listed as one of my local stores.

      Any help would be greatly appreciated as we are trying to save as much as possible. We have 2 car payments, a house payment, minimal credit card debt, and 2 dogs. If I could save $250 a month (or more!) we would both be thrilled to death!

      Thanks so much!
    1. GB101's Avatar
      GB101 -
      Fred Meyers & Kroger = Same Store. They are owned/operated by the same company. The store flyer prices were from the Kroger/Fred Meyer store located at 43843 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK.

      On your receipt, what is your biggest expense? Meat? Veggies? Fruit? Canned Items? Snack Items/Convenience Items?
    1. kloving70's Avatar
      kloving70 -
      Thanks for this

      I am 42 with a family of 4 just like you. I thought I was doing good to get my weekly budget down to $100...I would love to see it at $50. We have recently started budgeting and working on a debt snowball repayment plan to have everything paid in 5 years (including 3 cars and a house).

      My zip is 52761 and I shop mostly at Aldi's, WalMart and HyVee. I also clip coupons.

      Thanks for you assistance.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I forgot to mention my zip code. I am in AL 35756. We do not have the other store you mentioned here.

      I would say we probably spend the most on convenience items which I am trying to cut back on. My boyfriend can't/won't cook (he is def a Mama's boy!) so I have to have easy items that he can whip up/microwave when I'm not home.

      Thanks for all your help!
    1. crazymom75's Avatar
      crazymom75 -
      I too would love some help. I am spending way too much on groceries and would love to cute the spending back so we can start paying off our debts a lot quicker.

      We are a family of 7 and live in a small town. In fact we only have 3 grocery stores period.

      Vernal UT 84078 Smiths, Walmart and Davis Jubilee (there's also a Kmart, but I haven't ever shopped for food there).
    1. bnhammond21's Avatar
      bnhammond21 -
      Family of 3 here! Zip code is 38501 and I shop at Food Lion, Walmart, and Kroger. Thanks so much for your help!!!
    1. extemporaneous7's Avatar
      extemporaneous7 -
      Could you take a look at 23464? I usually shop at WalMart, Farm Fresh, and Food Lion. Thank you!
    1. chrissy22's Avatar
      chrissy22 -
      How about 31410? We have Super Wal-Mart, Publix, Kroger, Food Lion, and Piggly Wiggly. Thanks in advance for your help!
    1. ljwestmo's Avatar
      ljwestmo -
      Hi, we have a house of 12 people. We have 1 under two, 2 children, and 2 teenagers and the rest are adults. We are in GA. 31533. We shop at Wal-Mart, Dollar General, and Harvey's. We have a Save-A-Lot and a Big Lots.
    1. Hispoptart's Avatar
      Hispoptart -
      Quote Originally Posted by crazymom75 View Post
      I too would love some help. I am spending way too much on groceries and would love to cute the spending back so we can start paying off our debts a lot quicker.

      We are a family of 7 and live in a small town. In fact we only have 3 grocery stores period.

      Vernal UT 84078 Smiths, Walmart and Davis Jubilee (there's also a Kmart, but I haven't ever shopped for food there).
      Hi crazymom, I am from Rangely and I too would love it if we could be shown how to spend 50 a week in Vernal. If I could do that, I would gladly spend the gas money to drive the 60 miles there. As you know it is the closest place for me to shop, other then our high priced store here.
    1. mom2qandd's Avatar
      mom2qandd -
      I would love to see what you can do with my area in Virginia, ZIP 23860. We have Food Lion, Farmer's Foods and Save A Lot here in town. I also shop at Kroger and Martin's which are in 23831. We are a family of four with two adults, a 3 year old and a 12 year old boy who eats non-stop. Any help is appreciated!
    1. APer021's Avatar
      APer021 -
      I'd be amazed to find that happen here! We only have 4 grocery stores lol. Zip code is 28334, stores available are Carlie C's IGA, FoodLion, WalMart, and Save-a-lot (i think that is what the last one is called)
    1. audidawn's Avatar
      audidawn -
      72908 family of 3
      walmart super center, harps/price cutter, and cv's family food

      Would really love the help cutting down the grocery bill since there has been changes in finances
      Thanks
    1. GB101's Avatar
      GB101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by APer021 View Post
      I'd be amazed to find that happen here! We only have 4 grocery stores lol. Zip code is 28334, stores available are Carlie C's IGA, FoodLion, WalMart, and Save-a-lot (i think that is what the last one is called)

      Actually you have an Aldi store located 22 miles away:

      ALDI Fayetteville, NC
      3447 Ramsey Street
      Fayetteville, NC 28311

      Our closest Aldi store is 27 miles away, but we price match at our local walmart. You can view the Aldi sales flyers (& even have them sent to your house) so that you can bring them into walmart to have the fruit/veggie deals price matched, or alternatively, you can drive straight to Aldi's for the best deals of your life.

      You can also check into Lee's Produce Farm for local deals on fruits/veggies
    1. GB101's Avatar
      GB101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by audidawn View Post
      72908 family of 3
      walmart super center, harps/price cutter, and cv's family food

      Would really love the help cutting down the grocery bill since there has been changes in finances
      Thanks
      There is an Aldi store 4.8 miles from your zip code:

      ALDI Fort Smith, AR
      8400 Phoenix Avenue
      Fort Smith, AR 72903

      I would start with checking out the deals there first and apply the meat purchase techniques specified in the eBook to give you time to build up your pantry stock. Btw, the eBook is Free for 24 hrs starting at Midnight.
    1. Sarah's Avatar
      Sarah -
      Newburgh, Indiana 47630

      Aldi's
      Schnucks
      WalMart
      Super Target
    1. Kaisa's Avatar
      Kaisa -
      96782 .. Family of 5 (soon to be 6!)
      Walmart/Sam's Club, FoodLand, Safeway are the chains closest to me .. we are also able to shop at any of the commissaries on the island as well ..

      I understand $50 for 5 people may be expecting way too much, but I am currently spending close to $400 a week on groceries, so any help would be nice!
    1. eljaykenco's Avatar
      eljaykenco -
      I would love some suggestions on cutting down on the food bill. I live in zip 75418, but shop in
      Sherman, Tx 75090

      Kroger, Albertson's Sam's and Walmart

      Thanks for the help.
    1. dandcgiles's Avatar
      dandcgiles -
      I would love to know what you could do for my area (89027). I would love to lower my grocery bill. We only have two stores to shop at, Walmart and Smiths. We have a family of four, two kids ages 6 and 3. Any help would be fantastic!
    1. MarciaBrady's Avatar
      MarciaBrady -
      Hi...I'm new to your site. I have been trying to work on menu planning, etc for a long time...but, am finding it very difficult for my ADHD brain to figure it out. I know it's not really that difficult...but...

      Anyway...would love it if you could give me some help for the zip code of 41042. I shop at Kroger the most and sometimes Meijer and Super Target.

      Thank for your time!!
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