Budget Friendly Meal Plans + Shopping List & Recipes

BUDGET FRIENDLY MEAL PLANS

4 WEEKS OF DINNERS PLANNED FOR YOU

EACH BUDGET BYTES MEAL PLAN INCLUDES:

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    MENU PLANS

    4 weeks of dinners planned for you, with each budget meal providing 4-6 servings. No more planning, just shop, cook, and eat!

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    GROCERY LISTS

    Printable shopping lists to take to the grocery store or use with your favorite shopping app. Save time and money!

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    RECIPE E-BOOK

    A downloadable PDF to access all the recipes in the plan. Make dinner with no ads and no internet connection required.

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    FREEZER GUIDE

    A comprehensive guide to freezing leftovers of common ingredients to help you keep a well stocked kitchen and reduce your grocery budget.

EASY RECIPES THAT ANYONE CAN MASTER

AFFORDABLE AND EASY TO FIND INGREDIENTS

IMAGINE HOW YOU WOULD FEEL IF YOU COULD...

✓ Have an entire week of dinner's planned in advance and make just one shopping trip per week.

✓ Buy the exact ingredients needed so you can save more on your grocery bill and have less waste.

✓ Get out of your "recipe rut" with an entire month's worth of recipes designed to keep you interested.

✓ Discover new family favorites with six different recipes a week, making dinner an exciting food adventure.

✓ Save time, energy, and stress by letting someone else (like ME) do the planning for you each week.

DISCOVER NEW FLAVORS AND FAMILY FAVORITES

Finished Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas
A bowl of rich and creamy homemade Zuppa Toscana ready to be eaten
You don't need a grill to make these sweet and tangy Roasted Bratwurst with Peppers and Onions because the oven does all the work. BudgetBytes.com
A quick pan sauce drenches tender chicken thighs and thick pineapple slices in this easy Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken. BudgetBytes.com
Bowl of Basic Chili decked out with several toppings
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Finished One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice ready for serving
Warm intoxicating spices make this vegetable filled Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew perfect for cold Autumn nights. BudgetBytes.com

WHY YOU'LL LOVE BUDGET BYTES MEAL PLANS

HERE ARE A FEW REASONS YOU WILL BE EATING BETTER THAN ALL YOUR FRIENDS:

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    SAVE TIME AND MONEY

    No more time wasted wondering “what’s for dinner?” or giving in to expensive take out. I'll do all the planning for you!

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    REDUCE INGREDIENT WASTE

    Buy exactly what you need and only what you need, with a plan for each item purchased. No more impulse buys!

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    STRESS-FREE MEAL PLANNING

    One shopping trip per week means less time spent battling crazy parking lots and long check out lines.

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    DELICIOUS VARIETY

    Get out of your “recipe rut” with four weeks of different recipes designed to keep you interested.

REVIEWS

CHECK OUT THE FEEDBACK FROM BUDGET BYTES MEAL PLAN CUSTOMERS:

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup is a fast and rich weeknight comfort food perfect for dipping crusty bread or grilled cheese. - BudgetBytes.com

"We have been using these for about a week and a half now (only used the recipes from week one so far because we often have 'pantry nights' to use up frozen meals or just eat a pb&j 😂) but I am LOVING the recipes for week 1 so much. I love how a lot of the ingredients are seen in several meals. We spent about $40 and that was enough for 2 people to have dinner and lunch 6 times-plus some more frozen soups! You really can't beat the convenience, value, and savings."

Ashley G.

Build Bibimbap Bowls

"I purchased two of your meal plans this week - One Pot and Omnivore. In my opinion, the thing that sets you apart THE MOST from other recipe bloggers is not just the inexpensive aspect, but how you teach us we can recreate food from around the world. For example, until you showed me, I did not know that I could make a Bulgogi bowl, or Okonomiyaki, or Mujaddara... until you I was spending all this money on takeout because while I know how to make pasta or chili, I didn't know how to make Korean food for example."

Dora

With just a few ingredients you can make these easy and delicious Mushroom Broccoli Stir Fry Noodles for a fast weeknight dinner. BudgetBytes.com

"About to finish Omnivore Week Two, and just bought groceries for Week Three. I have to say that these meal plans have simplified my life tremendously and I’ve really been enjoying the meals! Just saying...if Beth comes out with even more 4-week plans like these, I’ll be so excited!"

Bobbie

This Smoky Potato and Chickpea Stew is a hearty and filling plant-based dish that will keep you full and warm this winter! BudgetBytes.com

"As someone who just started this meal planning journey, I just wanna say how helpful this already is! My husband and I are both full-time broke college students with part-time jobs and almost no free time. I did all my shopping for week one of the vegetarian plan PLUS all the little extra things (dish soap, milk, etc.) and spent less than I usually do on groceries! And having all the ingredients on hand for these recipes is such a relief! I've only made the Smoky Potato Chickpea Stew so far, but it blew our minds. I'm eating leftovers for breakfast right now while I do homework. 😜 Can't wait to continue cooking!"

Jessica

A bowl of creamy Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala being eaten with a spoon and two pieces of naan on the side.

"I finally have a full month's data for comparison from mint.com of what I spent on food/restaurants/fast food in October 2019 (after discovering the budgetbytes website sometime in September, I think). The results were pretty amazing! I average about 350 to 400 dollars a month on groceries here in a small town in Canada for myself (feeding the occasional guest or dinner party). That's remained pretty constant between last June and now (though I now consistently "donate" a serving or two of what I've made to my overworked sister) BUT I've gone from spending somewhere between 200-300 ADDITIONAL dollars on fast food and restaurants (take-out) ... mostly when I didn't manage to make and bring my own lunch for work or was too exhausted to "decide" what to make and go to the grocery store... to basically NOTHING (2.50 for coffee with a friend) in October!! I've SAVED 200-300 dollars in a month without really noticing it or feeling like life was lacking. And that's NOT INCLUDING the fact that I had to buy all kinds of cooking staples (soya sauce, sesame oil, spices, vinegars, etc) and meal prep containers to stock my pantry in October! INCREDIBLE!!! I feel like a boss - I'm spending less and eating more/better, and I think I've even started losing weight to boot!"

Catherine

This fast and easy Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry is a filling low carb dinner with big flavor. BudgetBytes.com

"Finished week 1 of the one-pot plan, and every meal was a hit with the family! Took a break tonight from the plan, whipped up some Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry, a longtime favorite in our house. I've been cooking Budget Bytes recipes for years, and refer my friends to the site! These meal plans are great, because I'm trying recipes I would not select myself. AND I get a break from planning - it's done for me! Thanks Beth and crew for all you do to help me keep my busy, hungry family fed!"

Debby

Sesame Tempeh Bowls with rice and broccoli, and a colorful napkin

"My wife said she loves that the shopping list has which day of the week things are for because it's easy to just get the items for a few days for the week and not the full week's recipes."

Russ

This smoky, sweet, and creamy One Pot Roasted Red Pepper Pasta cooks in one single pot and can be on the table in about 30 minutes. BudgetBytes.com

"I was amazed when I bought my first week's worth of stuff, plus some usual things like milk, cereal, dog food, ice cream, etc.... and it was under $100. 😍"

Annette

FAQ's

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How many people do the meal plans feed?

Each meal is approximately 4-6 servings, with a few freezer-friendly soups and stews serving even more. These plans work great for small families or couples who like leftovers.

Are all of the recipes for dinners?

Yes these meal plans are designed to take the work out of dinner planning, while leaving flexibility for you to choose your own breakfast and lunch. Many people end up having leftovers available that can double as lunches for the next day.

How much will the groceries cost for each plan?

Cost will vary depending on your location, if you have a well stocked pantry, and other items you may need to purchase. However we’ve had some users report their weekly grocery bills using our meal plans be from $60-75 dollars. That’s only $12.50 per meal with four (or more) servings.

Can I purchase a gift card for someone to purchase their own plan?

Yes you sure can! Follow the instructions in the Meal Plans Gift Card Product listing to send to someone else.

How do I get access to the Facebook community?

You must purchase a Budget Bytes Meal Plan in order to gain access to our Facebook group. We will then verify your purchase, and approve you into the group.

I need to update my email address. How do I do that?

You can simply log in to your Budget Bytes account here to update your email address. Or you can always email us at [email protected] and we’ll gladly help you.

Will there be more plans in the future?

Yes! We’re working hard behind the scenes to create even more meal plans for you and your dietary needs.

Are there options for gluten or dairy free?

While there are no specific meal plans currently for gluten free and dairy free, our plans are very adaptable. You can peruse the recipes included in each plan before buying and determine what you can swap or omit for your dietary needs.

What does the R mean on the grocery list?

The R stands for Thursday.

Are there tips for leftovers and freezing?

Yes! Included in all of the meal plans are freezer friendly tips and suggestions for leftovers. As well as how to keep leftover ingredients for use later in the week.

Beth in the kitchen

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