Month of Meals on A Budget - Dinner Menu

A Month of Meals On A Budget | 31 Days of Dinners for $180 | January 2015 Menu Plan with FREE Printable Grocery List and Recipes

The new year always brings resolutions, and changes.  For 2015, I have decided to create and share a monthly no-repeat dinner meal plan with a printable grocery list.  The menu plans are designed with busy families in mind.  

In 2014, I shared some free printables and tips on How to Menu Plan.  I used those tips, and a little help from Walmart Grocery To Go (<—- click on the link and save $15 on your groceries!) to figure out the cost of groceries for the month, and made this practically perfect January Dinner Menu.  This month’s menu has 31 days of dinners complete with vegetable sides for only $182!

Month of Meals on A Budget - Dinner Menu

The menu is full of warm, hearty meals that will be sure to keep both your wallet and your stomach full.  Click the links below for this months recipes.  I’ve also included a printable grocery list with everything you will need to make these recipes.  Download it by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.

January 1 – New Year’s Day! 
Vegetable Soup with Black Eyed Peas and Bacon

Black Eyed Pea and Kale Soup
Black Eyed Pea and Kale Soup

January 2 
Sloppy Joes
Peas and Carrots
Sweet Potato Fries

January 3 
Easy Roast Chicken
Rice Pilaf
* make extra rice tonight for dinner on Thursday

January 4 – National Spaghetti Day! 
Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs
* make a double batch of crockpot spaghetti sauce for recipes later on this month

homemade crockpot spaghetti sauce
Spaghetti & Meatballs –

January 5 
Baked Ziti
* use some of the spaghetti sauce you made yesterday to make this recipe

January 6 
Taco Tuesday! – Chicken Tacos
* use the leftover chicken from Saturday to make these tacos
January 7 
January 8 
egg fried rice
* use the leftover rice from Saturday to make this rice

January 9
Homemade Pizza

January 10 
Pasta with Bacon and Peas

Easy 20 Minute Pasta with Bacon & Peas from Mom's Bistro
Easy 20 Minute Pasta with Bacon & Peas from Mom’s Bistro

January 11 
Easy Meatloaf
Best-Ever Mashed Potatoes
* make some extra mashed potatoes tonight for dinner on Friday

January 12 
Wilted Spinach

January 13

January 14 
Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders
Baby Carrots

easy bbq chicken slider recipe

January 15
Toss Salad
* use leftover pasta sauce from beginning of the month to make this recipe
January 16
Shepherd’s Pie
* use leftover mashed potatoes from Sunday to make this easy shepherd’s pie recipe
January 17
Spinach and Feta Frittata
January 18
Italian Roasted Chicken – New!
Pasta with Butter and Parmesan Cheese
Garlicy Green Beans
* check your e-mail today for this recipe!
January 19
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
January 20 
Taco Tuesday! – Tacos
Mexican Rice
January 21 
January 22
Breakfast for Dinner! – Try these Breakfast Burritos
Fresh Tomatoes
January 23
Korean Beef and Rice
* make extra rice tonight for dinner on Monday
Toss Salad
* use leftover spaghetti sauce from the beginning of the month for this recipe
January 26 
Bean and Rice Burritos
use leftover rice from Friday for this recipe
* make extra beans for dinner tomorrow
January 27 
Loaded Nachos or
DIY Nacho Bar
use leftover beans from last night for this recipe
DIY Nacho Bar
Ultimate Nacho Bar
January 29  
January 30
Crockpot Chicken Parmesan Sliders
Green Beans
* Use leftover spaghetti sauce from the beginning of the month
I used Walmart Grocery To Go to figure out how much these meals would cost.  If you follow the tips in my Meal Planning 101 Series, you can shop at your local grocery stores, and maybe even save more.
Budget Grocery List
Click the picture above or here for a printable version of this grocery list and menu plan.
If you would like to pick and choose between the recipes, and create your own menu for the month, use this free printable grocery list.  Just click on the picture to download a free PDF.
FREE Printable Categorized Grocery List
Click to Download
Enjoy this brand new budget-friendly menu plan for a brand new year.  I wish you and your family a safe and healthy New Year!
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  1. How many ppl is this for?? We are 2 and a toddler(and soon a tiny baby too) so I need to know if I need to half the grocery list

    • Hey Stine! Congrats on the new baby and Happy New Year!

      This menu feeds 4. If it is just three of you eating (for now) and you want to use the full amount, you’ll have plenty of leftovers for lunches too! Hope this helps!


  2. I need your help feeding a family of four, I live in Denver, maybe you can help me.

  3. I love this monthly menu. Really want to try the full month me u and stuff. I can’t get the menu or the grocery list to pull up. IIs there any way you could email it to me. This is so fabulous by the way. Brilliant!

  4. Would love to see a post about your favorite lunches as well! What do you feed yourself and your family?

  5. Love your meal plans and ideas, I’m a mom of 2, a boy and girl ages 5 & 2 but my husband has a lot of allergies as well my son has some also. Wondering if you specialize in making substitues.

  6. How do i get the recipes for this meal plan?

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