$38 Meal Plan for a Family of Three – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner for 1 Week

$38 Meal Plan for one week and 3 people. All groceries bought at Aldi.

Before I show you the meal plan, I would like to explain a few things. There are a few reasons this grocery bill was reduced to a $38 meal plan. First of all, we don’t buy drinks and just use filtered water or make tea.

Second, I went through my pantry to check what I already had to use for recipes and then built the meal plan based on that. Therefore, I will list what was in my pantry at home plus provide tips on how to substitute the item and the price.

After the week I also had a few leftovers that I will list at the end of the post. The leftovers can be included in the following week’s meal plan. I am explaining this because you probably already have a few things at home or you have leftovers that can be eaten the following week. Either way it will help you save money on groceries.

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Related: 8 Day Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for $45.

$38 Meal Plan: What we Had at Home

peanut butter (40 oz. $2.99)

grape jelly ($1.49)

cream cheese ($1.49)

You can add these bread toppings to your grocery list or use whatever topping you still have at home (like Nutella, butter, and honey)




white chicken chili left overs

8 burger patties (we got 12 turkey burger patties for $8.99 at Sam’s Club) and burger toppings

lunch meat ($2.49)

quick oats ($2.39 large box)

potatoes ($2.49)

I used potatoes as a side for the broccoli-fish dinner. You can also use rice or pasta instead (whatever you still have at home, or whatever is cheaper in the store. Penne pasta is approximately $0.99 at ALDI and you can season it with butter, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.


Related: Aldi Meal Plan: 7 Dinner Recipes under $45

$38 Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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$38 Meal Plan for a Family of Three - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner for 1 Week. Learn how to save money on groceries and save time with this aldi meal plan. This family meal plan comes with lunch ideas, breakfast ideas and frugal dinner recipes!


Here are all options for your breakfast. Again, it depends on what you already have at home or are willing to buy. These are frugal breakfast ideas and you can mix up the breakfast every day.

  • Toast with peanut butter and jelly
  • Toast with butter and spread
  • Toast with butter and honey
  • Toast with chocolate/nut spread
  • Toast with cream cheese and jelly
  • Seasonal fruits (on the receipt you can see that I bought apples, bananas, and mango as these were a special low price on that day)


  • Toast with cheese
  • Toast with lunch meat
  • Toast with lunch meat, cheese and tomatoes
  • Quick oats with apples and cinnamon
  • Quick oats with apples, bananas, nuts and honey (toppings depend on what you still have at home or yo are willing to buy)
  • Scrambled eggs (with toast and butter)


You can also switch up the order of this $38 Meal Plan.

#1 White chicken chili left overs

#2 Broccoli with cream sauce (recipe below), tilapia fish, and side (potatoes, rice or penne)

#3 Hamburger (use toppings depending on what you have at home/or is in the budget to buy. I bought the buns, cheese, and tomatoes and had the rest at home)

#4 Leftover from #2

#5 Creamy mushroom linguine

#6 Leftover from #3

#7 Leftover from #5

$38 Meal Plan: Leftovers

You can see that I bought 2 packs of Brussel sprouts that were used as part of a recipe for a group gathering. I basically prepared them the same way as I prepared the broccoli with the cream sauce (recipe below). If you take them out of the receipt you have money left over for items you might want to add.

I bought a family pack of tilapia fish and still have some leftover that I can use for future recipes. I also have a lot of leftover tomatoes, oats, peanut butter, and jelly that will save me money on the next grocery bill.

Broccoli with Cream Sauce Recipe

I love making this cream sauce with broccoli or Brussel sprouts (maybe you can even add carrots). I always have a hard time making veggie sides that aren’t so boring. The cream sauce definitely helps with that, plus you can pour it over the fish and potatoes to give it some flavor.

What you need:

  • 1 pack fresh broccoli (or 2 packs of Brussel sprouts)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or milk
  • 4 t butter
  • 4 t flour
  • water
  • optional: salt and veggie stock powder to season


Cut off the broccoli florets and add them to a pot. Fill the pot with water until the broccoli is ALMOST all the way covered in water. Simmer until soft and drain (keeping the water).

Now melt the butter in the pot, add flour and stir. Add either milk or heavy cream slowly and step by step. Keep stirring and let thicken after every pour. Do the same with the leftover water. The amount of water depends on the thickness you want your cream sauce.

Add the veggies and season with salt, pepper, or vegetable stock powder to taste.


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Hello, my name is Lisa Goodwin and I am the author of 2sharemyjoy.com. I am a christian, wife, mother, and I have a passion for simple food and fitness. I managed to lose 9 lbs. and 6 inches (waist) in 30 days and today I am here to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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