October 2016 Budget Menu Plan – 31 Days of Dinners for $247 with Grocery List

October’s menu is filled with fun fall favorites and a fun, quick and easy recipe for Halloween night!


Only $247 for a month filled with fun, new recipes and a special halloween Night dinner.  I like to shop around what is in season.  Not only does it save me money, but the freshness of the fruit and veggies make dinner taste even better.  I also shop around – trying to find the best deals at each grocery store, and shopping in bulk when possible.  I think I mentioned it last month, but I will again, I got 8 lbs of grass fed ground beef at Costco for $16!  It’s a no brainer to shop in bulk when I can because if I was to buy that at Kroger, it would be around $5.99 a POUND.  The bulk bins at my local Sprouts make buying groceries cheaper too.

Below is a printable version of each the grocery list and recipes for October’s menu with a couple tips to make making dinner easy.  Print out the menu, and hang it on the fridge so that your kids (or husbands) don’t ask “what’s for dinner” again!


So what’s for dinner??

Saturday, October 1

30 Minute Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Broccoli

Sunday, October 2

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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

**Freeze leftover spaghetti sauce

Monday, October 3

Cheesy Polenta with Roasted Fall Veggies – NEW!


Tuesday, October 4

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Wednesday, October 5


Thursday, October 6

Pasta with Bacon and Peas

Friday, October 7

Buffalo Chicken Strips

buffalo chicken strips ootball recipe momsbistro
Oven Baked French Fries

homemade french fries best fries oven baked french fries recipe moms bistro
Carrots and Celery with Homemade Ranch Dressing

buttermilk ranch dressing

** add 1 small container of plain yogurt and 1 lemon to grocery list if making homemade ranch dressing

Saturday, October 8

BBQ Meatloaf
Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sunday, October 9

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce – NEW!

Monday, October 10


Tuesday, October 11

20-Minute Ground Beef Tacos with Hidden Veggies

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**Shredded cheddar, lettuce and tomatoes included in grocery list

Wednesday, October 12

Breakfast for Dinner!

** Bacon and eggs included in grocery list

Thursday, October 13

30-Minute Stuffed Shells
Green Beans

**Use leftover spaghetti sauce

Friday, October 14

Sloppy Joes

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Oven Baked French Fries

Saturday, October 15

Pad Thai – New!

** You can find tamarind and fish sauce in the ethnic section of your local grocery store.  Alternatively, you can just purchase a jarred pad thai sauce

Sunday, October 16

Roasted Chicken

herb and garlic roasted chicken easy roast chicken recipe moms bistro
Potato Gratin – NEW
Roasted Broccoli

Monday, October 17

Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil

Tuesday, October 18

Chicken Enchilada Cups

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** Use leftover roasted chicken

Wednesday, October 19


Thursday, October 20

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Friday, October 21

Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Veggies
Sweet Potato Fries

Saturday, October 22

Tatertot Casserole

tater tot casserole

Sunday, October 23

Bean Tostadas with Homemade Refried Beans

15 minute dinner bean refried beans tostada taco recipe moms bistro week night dinner easy

**Shredded cheddar, lettuce and tomatoes included in grocery list for toppings

Monday, October 24

30-Minute Macaroni and Cheese

Tuesday, October 25


Wednesday, October 26

Pasta with Bacon, Spinach and Butternut Squash – NEW!

Thursday, October 27

Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Friday, October 28

Fish and Chips

beer battered fish and chips

Saturday, October 29

Beef Stew

Sunday, October 30

Shepherd’s Pie

Monday, October 31 – Happy Halloween!

Mini Mummy Pizzas

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Get the free printable grocery list and menu by clicking the links below.  Click each recipe above for step-by-step instructions, or click the link below to download a copy of October’s recipes.  All NEW recipes will be sent by e-mail throughout the month, and will also be included in the bottom of this post as they are shared.

October 2016 Menu Plan and Grocery List

October 2016 Recipes

Cheesy Polenta with Roasted Fall Vegetables


  1. Is there a recipe for the Cheesy Polenta and Roasted Fall vegetables that is on October 3?

  2. Caren Memmott

    Hello! I know sometimes I’ve missed your email with new recipes, so I was wondering if the new cheesy polenta with roasted fall vegetables had been sent out. We’re excited to try it tonight!

  3. I’m also not seeing the recipe for the Butternut Squash Ravioli?

  4. Hello, looking for the Butternut squash ravioli recipe. Have a great week. 🙂

  5. Hello busy lady! Just looking for the Potato Gratin recipe from yesterday. Take your time, we’ve got plenty of other yummy recipes to choose from. 🙂

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