Alas… Summer! June’s Menu is filled with summery dishes that you, your kids and your wallet will love! This months menu has a month of kid-friendly dinners for $221.83!
Having a Costco membership has saved me a ton of money. Although our shopping trips there usually end up being $100+, we’re usually stocked up on meat and other groceries for the month. I love how I can get a huge block (2.5 lbs) of Tillamook cheese there for only $9.95! It saves me so much money – especially with the amount of cheese that we eat. There are so many other great options at Costco to help with your grocery budget too.
Another thing that saves me money is shopping around. I find that I get the best deal on my dairy and meat at Costco, best deals on canned goods at Walmart, best deal on veggies at Sprouts, and the miscellaneous things I look for at my other local grocery stores and shop their sales. Shopping sales is a great way to stock up too. Like for us, we eat A LOT of tacos, so when I see taco shells go on sale at my local grocery store for $1 a box, I buy 5 – 10 boxes – however many I have room for. Whatever your go-to meal is, stock up on the ingredients when they go on sale!
Also, if you have a garden, use your own fresh herbs. I grow basil, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, parsley and even my own green onions. Growing your own herbs will save you a lot of money in the long run, and at the end of the year, you can dry it all out, and have fresh dried herbs until the spring! Unless you live in Florida, then you’ll have fresh herbs year round! Ohhh how I miss the beach.. Back to menu planning and saving money… You can grow your fresh herbs indoors too in a window sill that gets great light.
Our grill has been a huge inspiration to my menu planning and just my overall cooking. The grill has really opened up a lot of doors leading to great new kid-approved recipes! I have included all of the recipes for the month is a printable file at the bottom of the page. Any NEW recipe for the month will be shared as the month progresses to keep content fresh!
This month, I divided up the amount of bulk items to each weeks grocery list. Use the monthly list to purchase in bulk, and the weekly lists if you don’t have much space to store groceries, or if you prefer shopping in bulk. For the most part, I like to get everything I need for the month in one trip and just shop weekly for things like veggies and fresh dairy. In the grocery lists, you’ll notice that for example I list a 16 oz frozen corn, but you don’t see this on the monthly menu – this is because I chose a size of frozen corn that would meet your WEEKLY needs.
For the FREE printable version of the menu plan, grocery lists, tips and recipes, click the links below for a PDF version. Again, all NEW recipes will be added to the bottom of this post throughout the month. To have the recipes delivered straight to your inbox, type in your e-mail at the top of the screen and subscribe. Don’t worry, I hate spam too, so I won’t bombard you with e-mails!
Wednesday, June 1
Macaroni and Cheese
Peas and carrots
Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
BBQ Chicken Skewers
Saturday, June 4
French Onion Cheese Burger – NEW!
Sunday, June 5
Spaghetti and Meatballs
– Freeze leftover spaghetti sauce in two separate containers for dinners later in the month.
PLAN AHEAD: Make Pizza Pasta Bake today for an easy dinner later in the month.
Monday, June 6
Tuesday, June 7
CrockPot Chicken Fajitas
– I have included tomatoes, cilantro and shredded cheese in the grocery lists.
Wednesday, June 8
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
– Place leftover pork in tupperware for dinner on Sunday.
Saturday, June 11
Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Veggies
Sunday, June 12
– use leftover pork from Friday night.
Monday, June 13
Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Tuesday, June 14
– Take out leftover Spaghetti Sauce for Thursday nights dinner.
Wednesday, June 15
Breakfast for dinner!
– Eggs and bacon included in the grocery list.
Thursday, June 16
Pasta with Meat Sauce
– Use leftover frozen Spaghetti Sauce for dinner.
Friday, June 17
English Muffin Pizza
– Pepperoni included in grocery list.
Saturday, June 18
Foil Pack Mediterranean Chicken – NEW!
Sunday, June 19 – Father’s Day
BBQ Chicken Wings – NEW!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Monday, June 20
Pizza Pasta Bake
Tuesday, June 21
– Lettuce, cheese and tomato included in grocery list.
Wednesday, June 22
Friday, June 24
Corn Dog Bites
Sweet Potato Fries
Saturday, June 25
CrockPot Beef and Broccoli with Rice
– Make a double batch of rice and save for dinner Monday
Sunday, June 26
Beer Can Chicken
– Save leftover chicken for Chicken Noodle Casserole on Tuesday.
Monday, June 27
Egg Fried Rice
– Use leftover rice from Saturday.
Tuesday, June 28
Chicken Noodle Casserole
– Use leftover chicken from dinner on Sunday.
Wednesday, June 29
Thursday, June 30
Pierogies with Bacon