A Simple Trader Joe’s Meal Plan and Grocery List – Under $50!

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Looking for a simple Trader Joe’s Meal Plan for under $50? I created a simple Trader Joe’s meal plan for two that my husband and I use all the time! Just download the spreadsheet at the bottom of the post – and it gives you everything you need!


Have you ever tried shopping at Trader Joe’s on a budget?

It’s HARD!

I wrote up this simple Trader Joe’s meal plan when my family and I were on a strict budget. I needed to keep my costs low – but I also wanted to be able to shop at Trader Joe’s.

As you will see from the post, we buy a lot of staples at a regular grocery store – milk, eggs, paper products, condiments, etc.

But, this Trader Joe’s meal plan includes everything you need for all your meals – all week!

This Trader Joe’s Menu Plan is pretty easy to use!  Just download the spreadsheet at the bottom of the post – and it gives you everything you need. 

Just as a caveat – these prices are likely to fluctuate. These were the prices listed at my local store, but there is a possibility that items are priced differently at your store.

Please leave any comments if you find discrepancies in any of these items!


BREAKFAST

I budget $10 for breakfast for two people for the week.

  • Apple Cinnamon Naturally Flavored Instant Oatmeal ($2.49/10 pouches = $1.25/wk.)
  • Greek Yogurt ($.99/ea. = $4.95/wk. for one person)

Mid-morning snacks:

  • Crunchy Oats and Honey Granola Bars ($1.99)
  • Strawberries ($2.69)

TOTAL = $10.88


LUNCH

I keep our lunch budget to under $10.

  • Always: Smoked Turkey Lunchmeat ($2.99)
  • Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix ($2.99) AND Balsamic Vinaigrette ($1.99)
  • OR Greek Yogurt ($.99/ea. = $4.95/wk. for one person)

Lunch Add-Ons:

  • I add strawberries and granola bars to top it off.

Total = $7.99 (leaves room for bread and cheese, see below)


SNACKS

I usually leave $5-10 for snacks.

  • Reduced Guilt Wheat Crisps ($2.29) AND Roasted Red Pepper Hummus ($2.99)
  • OR Peanut Butter ($2.79) for my No-Sugar Protein Bites OR a tub of the best Way More Chocolate Chips Cookies in town ($3.99)!

Total = $5.28-$6.78


DINNER

I budget $5/dinner which should come to less than $30.  All recipes are linked.

Dinner 1:

Cook bag of Frozen Chicken Breast Meat ($6.99) in slow cooker.  Directions here.  Add 1/3 of cooked chicken to Asian Stir-Fry Kit ($3.99).  Sauté and season with Asian seasonings and Soy Sauce.  Serve over rice.  Serve with frozen Green Beans if desired ($1.99 for 24 oz.). Total = $12.97 (including green beans and chicken for all week)

Dinner 2:

Cook 4 Cheese Jumbo Ravioli ($2.99) OR Turkey Meatballs ($2.99) and Tuscano Marinara Sauce ($1.99 not shown).  Serve with Fruit Bowl made from Strawberries, Kiwi ($2.49) and any other fruit.  Total = $7.47

Dinner 3:

Make Mexican Pizza with Fat-Free Refried Beans ($.99), Organic Black Beans ($.89) and ingredients on hand (tortillas, cheese, lettuce, tomato). Total = $1.88

Dinner 4:

Make Stuffed Peppers with 2 Green Peppers ($.79/ea = $1.58), 1/3 amount Shredded Chicken (from above), tomato sauce, rice, cheese, and seasoning.  Serve with frozen Green Beans.  Total = $1.58

Dinner 5:

Use remainder of shredded chicken and make Barbeque Chicken over rice.  Mix chicken with homemade barbeque sauce and serve over rice.  Serve with green beans or Fruit Bowl.

Dinner 6:

The Beloved Panini (with same ingredients as lunch sandwiches) and Fruit Bowl.

Dinner 7:

Leftovers, Random or Date Night!

Total = $23.90


GRAND TOTAL = $48.03 – $49.55


IN THE PANTRY

Milk, Shredded and Sliced Cheese, Condiments, Bread, Oatmeal & Honey (for No-Sugar Protein Bites), Seasonings, Soy Sauce, Rice, Tortillas, Lettuce & Tomatoes (for Mexican Pizza), 8 oz. Tomato Sauce (for Stuffed Peppers), Salami (for The Beloved Panini)


WHAT I BUY ELSEWHERE

Milk, Cheese, Eggs, Baking Ingredients, Seasonings and Condiments, Household and Cleaning Supplies


THE GROCERY LIST

Produce

  • 2 Green Peppers ($.79/ea)
  • Kiwi ($2.49)
  • Strawberries ($2.69)
  • Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix ($2.99)
  • Asian Stir-Fry Kit ($3.99)

Fridge

  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus ($2.99)
  • 4 Cheese Jumbo Ravioli ($2.99) (Optional)
  • Smoked Turkey Lunchmeat ($2.99)
  • Greek Yogurt ($.99/ea.)

Frozen

  • Frozen Chicken Breast Meat ($6.99)
  • Green Beans ($1.99 for 24 oz.)
  • Turkey Meatballs ($2.99)

Grocery

  • Apple Cinnamon Naturally Flavored Instant Oatmeal ($2.49/10 pouches)
  • Crunchy Oats and Honey Granola Bars ($1.99)
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette ($1.99)
  • Reduced Guilt Wheat Crisps ($2.29)
  • Peanut Butter ($2.79) (Optional)
  • Way More Chocolate Chips Cookies ($3.99) (Optional)
  • Tuscano Marinara Sauce ($1.99)
  • Fat-Free Refried Beans ($.99)
  • Organic Black Beans ($.89)

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A Simple Trader Joe’s Meal Plan and Grocery List for Two for Under $50

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Maggie

    This is fantastic. I just found you and I’m thrilled

    1. Ginny

      Yay! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

  2. denise

    Are the links to the recipes still active? i click on them; but they take me to your homepage.

    1. Ginny

      Unfortunately, most of the recipes have been removed. This is an old post, and I haven’t kept it updated. I’m sorry!

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