October 2017 Menu Plan & Grocery List | A Month of Meals On a Budget | 31 Days of Dinners for $279 | Halloween Recipes

October is here, and boy oh boy can you feel it in Colorado!  “Brrrrrrr-itos!”  There is a chill in the air, and the leaves are starting to change color.  October’s Menu Plan has 38 kid-friendly recipes with lots of hidden vegetables!

I’m really in love with October’s menu.  It has 10 slow cooker recipes and includes 3 new recipes exclusive with the weekly breakdown on Etsy. Celebrate Halloween with a fun twist on beaners & wieners, and enjoy making my easy 20 Minute Mummy Pizzas with your kiddos on Halloween night.

After shopping around, and finding the best deals, I was able to get all of the ingredients for Octobers menu for only $279. This doesn’t include the pantry and fridge items.  Like I said, and if you’ve been following Mom’s Bistro for a while, you’ll know that I shop around.  If you pay close attention the sales at your local grocery stores rotate, so by shopping smart, and knowing when and where things go sale you can really watch the savings pile up!  Add coupons to that and your set!

When creating the grocery list each month, I like to shop for a lot of my grocery items at Walmart.  Shopping at Walmart helps because the prices are pretty much the same across the US.  Costco is another great place to save money.  I like to buy my meat, frozen items and cheese at Costco. **Get your butter here too**  For the remaining ingredients on my list, I shop my local grocery stores flyers.  Produce is best from Sprouts.  I buy produce fresh at the beginning of each week.  For other dairy items, I’ll shop between Safeway and King Soopers (Kroger).  I’ve even found some really great deals at Whole Foods that are completely within my budget.  Also consider downloading your local grocery stores loyalty card app.  With a simple swipe, the savings add up.  By using our card, our grocery stores even send out personalized coupons for free items, or to save on the items that I purchase most.  Another way to save is to use iBotta.  If you haven’t heard about it before, iBotta is an app that you download, and you scan in your receipt and you get rebates back on items that you buy.  For example last week I bought a box of Sugar Crisp cereal at Walmart, and with the app I got $1 back.  Once you hit $20 of savings on the card, you can cash it out, or keep building the savings.  My Mom introduced me to iBotta, and she’s up to about $150 worth of savings from shopping.  They offer rebates for online shopping too.  Check it out, and if you use this link, you get a $5 bonus from iBotta for signing up! http://ibotta.com/r/hqsrpvf

This post includes the monthly menu as well as a bulk shopping list for ingredients.  If you’re looking for the weekly breakdown, which includes; a weekly menu and grocery list, weekly how-to tips and tricks for making dinner time flawless, all recipes from October’s menu with exclusive recipes not featured on Mom’s Bistro, visit my Etsy store and get your copy for only $3.

October 2017 Menu Plan

October 1 – Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce and Surprise Meatballs

This Spaghetti Sauce will make you famous! Easy Kid-Friendly Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

October 2 – Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup

October 3 – Breakfast for Dinner!

October 4 – Leftover Night

October 5 – Pasta with Bacon and Peas

October 6 – Slow Cooker Pot Roast

October 7 – Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

October 8 – Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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October 9 – 20 Minute Macaroni and Cheese

October 10 – Chicken Noodle Casserole

October 11 – Leftover Night

October 12 – Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

October 13 – BBQ Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

never fail bbq meatloaf recipe moms bistro 30 minute meatloaf recipe kid friendly meatloaf

October 14 – Chicken Tenders and Fries

October 15 – Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Peas

October 16 – Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

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October 17 – 20 Minute Tacos

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October 18 – Leftover Night

October 19 – Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

October 20 – Pizza Pasta Bake

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October 21 – Shepherd’s Pie

October 22 – Slow Cooker Chili

October 23 – Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil

spaghetti with garlic and oil


October 24 – Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

October 25 – Leftover Night

October 26 – Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

October 27 – Halloween Beaners and Wieners 

halloween hot dogs spiders homemade crockpot baked beans bbq recipe moms bistro beaners and wieners

October 28 – Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries

October 29 – Pasta with Meat Sauce

October 30 – Egg Fried Rice

October 31 – Mummy Pizza

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Download the FREE version of October’s Menu by clicking the link below for a PDF version.  For the full version, including the weekly breakdown and all recipes, click here and get your copy for only $3.

October Monthly Menu Grocery List


  1. Thank you for posting your meal plans! I’m sorry if this has been asked before, but I was wondering how many servings are your recipes? We are a family of two and I would like to know how much to make. Thank you!

  2. I just love your menu and the ideas its so easy and the breakdown works well! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    BTW when will the Nov menu be up?

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