Beat The Heat With July’s Budget Menu Plan! 31 Days of Kid-Friendly Dinners for $208!

Summer has finally arrived, and here in Colorado it has come in full swing!  The sun is hot, and our vegetable garden is thriving!  Now, if it wasn’t for Bella trying to eat the veggies that are growing, I wouldn’t even need to go grocery shopping.  Okay, that’s a lie, but our vegetable garden really is taking off!  Alright… enough about my garden and back to July’s menu!

july 2016 menu

July is full of fun, starting with the 4th of July.  We like to grill the entire weekend, so with the exception of a quick meal on Friday, we plan to grill out on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Since we don’t have A/C, keeping the house cool really depends on dinner time.  July’s menu is meant to beat the heat, and just use the oven with really necessary, keeping the mess to a minimum, and keeping the house cool while enjoying delicious kid-friendly dinners.

Like in other months, the new recipes; Twice Baked Potatoes, BBQ Ribs, Grilled Pizza and the Italian Grilled Chicken will all be shared throughout the month, just to keep content fresh, and keep you on your toes!

Planning a menu on a budget can be really hard because of the rise in food prices, but shopping around, knowing the sales in your area and shopping in bulk really helps cut costs.  For example, this months menu has ground beef as an ingredient in five meals.  If you’re buying ground beef a pound at a time at the grocery store, it can cost you up to $4-5 a pound, if not more.  But, if you buy your ground beef in a family size pack, or get it somewhere like Costco, you’ll save a ton because ground beef usually costs only around $2.50-$3 per pound.  Last week, I got 4.5 lbs of ground beef for $16 at Costco – I froze it in 5 different sandwich size ziplock bags so that I had 5 meals worth of ground beef.  The smaller bag if the 5 is perfect for the end of the month when we have Cheeseburger Macaroni.  Buying chicken in bulk is a huge money saver too, our local Sprouts offers chicken for $1.77/pound at least once a month.  And with all of the chicken we make, it just makes sense to buy it in bulk.

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To figure out the prices by shopping around and figuring out where I could get the best deals.  To do this, I look at my sales flyers, and the personalized coupons on the grocery store apps on my phone.  These personalized coupons are where I save the most money.  THREE times last week, I went to the store and saved more than I spent.  It was a very rewarding feeling.  I round the prices up to the nearest even dollar amount, unless it’s produce, then I leave the amount as is for the weight.

By shopping the sales, and using my coupons, July’s menu rings in at only $208.88!  This is how it broke down:

Sprouts:  $35.56
Costco:  $64.77
King Soopers/Safeway:  $43.42
Walmart:  $65.13

You can save so much more money by shopping at Walmart.  Their canned and dry goods are always such a great price.  You get the same items as at your traditional grocery store but half the price.  This is where I buy some of my dairy too, because it saves me so much money.  For example, while on sale, taco shells are around $1.25 at the grocery store, and are only $1 at Walmart.  The little savings like this really add up to save you on groceries.

So what’s for dinner?  If you’re looking for the printable version of the recipes, menu and grocery lists, scroll down to the bottom for the PDF version.

Week One

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Friday, July 1

Chicken Caesar Wraps

Saturday, July 2

BBQ Chicken Wings

Sweet Potatoes

Sunday, July 3

Twice Baked Potatoes – NEW!
Mixed Veggies

Monday, July 4

BBQ Ribs – NEW
Grilled Corn On The Cob

Tuesday, July 5

Ground Beef Tacos

taco night 20 minute ground beef tacos tacos with hidden vegetables week night meal taco tuesday moms bistro

Wednesday, July 6


Thursday, July 7

Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

teriyaki chicken meatballs

Friday, July 8

Grilled Pizza – NEW!

Saturday, July 9

Spaghetti and Meatballs
CrockPot Spaghetti Sauce
Surprise Meatballs

This Spaghetti Sauce will make you famous! Easy Kid-Friendly Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
– freeze extra spaghetti sauce in two containers for meals later in the month

Week Two

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Sunday, July 10

Italian Grilled Chicken – NEW!

Monday, July 11

Macaroni and Cheese

ultimate macaroni and cheese

Tuesday, July 12


Wednesday, July 13

Chorizo Tacos

Thursday, July 14

Breakfast for Dinner
– eggs and bacon included in grocery list

Friday, July 15

Baked Ziti
– use leftover frozen spaghetti sauce from earlier in the month

Saturday, July 16

BBQ Meatloaf

never fail bbq meatloaf recipe moms bistro 30 minute meatloaf recipe kid friendly meatloaf– extra veggies not included in grocery list
Oven Baked French Fries

Week Three

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Sunday, July 17

Beer Can Chicken
Sweet Potatoes
Grilled Zucchini
– roast your chicken in the oven if you prefer

Monday, July 18

Sesame Noodles

sesame noodles chicken broccoli

Tuesday, July 19

Chicken Pot Pie Pasta
– use leftover chicken from Sunday to make this recipe

Wednesday, July 20


Thursday, July 21

Pierogies with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Friday, July 22

CrockPot Beef and Broccoli
– make extra rice with dinner and save for Egg Fried Rice on Monday

Saturday, July 23

BBQ Chicken Skewers

bbq chicken skewers kabobs
Grilled Corn on The Cob
– use chopsticks for skewers

Week Four

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Sunday, July 24

– just cook up some pasta and toss with leftover spaghetti sauce
– use leftover frozen Spaghetti Sauce

Monday, July 25
Egg Fried Rice
– use leftover Rice from July 22

Tuesday, July 26
Sweet Chili Lime Grilled Chicken

sweet chili lime chicken
Baked Potatoes

Wednesday, July 27


Thursday, July 28

Chicken Cutlets
Sweet Potatoes

Friday, July 29

Fish and Chips

beer battered fish and chips

Saturday, July 30

Cheeseburger Macaroni

homemade cheeseburger macaroni recipe homemade hamburger helper easy recipe kid friendly macaroni and cheese moms bistro
Mixed Veggies

Sunday, July 31

Pasta with Bacon and Peas

July 2016 Menu

July 2016 Menu Recipes

BBQ Ribs

Twice Baked Potatoes


  1. I am lovin’ all the menus I see….. I am a mom, wife and teacher! I have been searching for menus that are kid friendly (quite frankly, menus that don’t have crazy I am going print crazy!!! Thank you for all the hard work and most of all for sharing! 🙂

  2. Jannell F

    Thanks you, you make my life so much easier!!!!!

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