Domestically Dunn

The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes. -Harold B Lee

Taking A Break October 20, 2009

Filed under: 5 for $25- Dinner On A Budget — domesticallydunn @ 9:34 pm
Tags: ,


I am probably going to be absent around here for a few days.  Lovebug and I both have the Swine Flu, and are taking it easy.  The hubs and Lulu have yet to get it, and hopefully they won’t!  Unfortunately, if my husband does get it, it will take him ten years to recover!  (He seems to hang on to bugs waaayyy longer than the average person)  If you could please pray he doesn’t become ill, I would greatly appreciate it!

5 For $25-Dinner On A Budget will be back next week, providing we have all recovered!


Grocery List 5 for $25 Week of 10/11 October 13, 2009

Print this out and take with you!



1 bag Meijer frozen Broccoli ($1.19)

1 bag Meijer frozen Veggies -your choice ($1.19)

1 bag 64 oz Meijer frozen boneless chicken breast tenders ($7.99)



3 cans Campbell’s cream of chicken soup ( free)  *follow directions below!!!!!

2 cans Campbell’s tomato soup*

1 bag Meijer brown rice ($1.49)

1 bottle ValuTime Italian Dressing ($.99)



1 bag Kraft Shredded Cheddar Cheese ($1.88)

1 dozen large eggs ($.98)



1 onion ($1.00)

2 tomatos ($1.50)

1 head lettuce ($.88)

1 bag Dole Family Classic Romaine Salad ($1.49)

1 1/2 lbs red seedless grapes ($1.50)



1 16 oz package Hormel Sliced Bacon ($2.49)



1 loaf Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Bread *


You are going to need to do 2 separate transactions.  In the first transaction purchase:

4 cans Campbells Cream of Chicken soup -use coupon for soups on mealbox (under specials tab)

1 can Campbells Tomato soup

1 loaf of Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Bread

Your total after you give the coupon will be $4.88 but you will recieve a catalina (printed coupon) for $5 off your next purchase at Meijer!

In your second transaction purchase the rest of the groceries and use the $5 off coupon.

Your grand total for both transactions should be: $24.45 !!!!


Meijer 5 for $25 Week of 10/11

This is the second post in this new feature 5 for $25- Dinner On A Budget.  You can read my introduction and how it works here. Each of these meals should feed at least 3 adults hearty portions!

Meal 1: Broccoli, Chicken, Rice, and Cheese Casserole

1 can Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup  (free)-see instructions on Grocery List

1 bag Meijer frozen broccoli ($1.19)

1 bag Kraft Shredded Cheddar Cheese ($1.88)

1 bag Meijer Brown Rice ($1.49)

1 bag Meijer Boneless Chicken Breast Tenders 64oz  ($7.99)

1/2 onion finely chopped- buy 1 large onion ($1.00)


Total: $13.97  (We will be using these ingredients in other meals!)



1 lb frozen chicken tenders cooked and chopped

1/2 onion, finely chopped and sauteed

1 pkg of frozen broccoli, cooked and drained

1 can cream of chicken soup

3 cups of brown rice cooked by package directions

1 1/4 cup shredded cheese

Mix all ingredients together reserving 1/4 cup of shredded cheese.  Put in a greased baking dish and sprinkle rest of cheese on top. Cover with foil.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 5-15 minutes until cheese is bubbly on top.


Meal 2: BLT Sandwiches and Tomato Soup

1 16 oz package of Hormel sliced bacon ($2.49)

1 tomato ($.75)

1 head lettuce ($.88)

1 loaf of Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Bread ***

1 can Campbell’s tomato soup***


Total:  $4.12


Bake the bacon using instructions here (I would bake the whole package for easier dinner prep the rest of the week.).

Cook soup according to can directions.  Toast bread if desired, and layer on bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce.  Serve with soup.


Meal 3:  Grilled Chicken Salad and Grapes

1 bag Dole Family Classic Romaine Salad ($1.49)

1 lb of frozen chicken tenders ***

Shredded cheese ***

1/2 tomato chopped***

Value Time Italian Dressing ($.99)

1 1/2 lbs red seedless grapes ($1.50)

1/4 onion chopped


Total: $3.98


Grill or bake chicken in oven.  Serve on top of lettuce with tomatoes, cheese, and onion.


Meal 4:  Breakfast for dinner: Southern scrambled eggs, Bacon, Toast, Grapes

Bacon ***

1 dozen large eggs ($.98)

Bread ***

1 tomato – chop only half ($.75)

1/4 onion chopped ***

Shredded Cheese ***



Total: $1.74


Use at least two eggs per person and whisk with 1 TB of water for each two eggs.  Spray skillet with nonstick spray and heat over medium. Add eggs, bacon, and tomatoes.  Cook until fluffy and eggs are no longer runny.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Serve with bacon slices, toast, and grapes.


Meal 5: Baked Italian Chicken, Rice and Veggies

1 lb or more of frozen boneless chicken tenders***

Brown Rice***

Italian Dressing***

1 bag Meijer Frozen Vegetables (your choice) ($1.19)


Total: $1.19


Put frozen tenders in crockpot and dump 1/2 bottle of Italian dressing on top.  Let cook on low until done (usually 5-7 hours) or high (3-4) hours.  Watch carefully so they do not get overdone- time tends to vary based on crockpot.  Cook rice and veggies according to package directions.  Serve chicken over rice and veggies.


*** These prices are added in another meal because the same ingredient is used.


Total for week: $24.45!!! (prices can vary a little by region)


Don’t want to miss a post?  Please subscribe to Domestically Dunn!  You can subscribe by email here, or add my URL to your reader!  Directions here.


Meijer 5 for $25 Week of 10/5 October 6, 2009

Filed under: 5 for $25- Dinner On A Budget,Meijer,Uncategorized — domesticallydunn @ 3:39 pm

This is the first post in this new feature 5 for $25- Dinner On A Budget.  You can read my introduction and how it works here. Each of these meals should feed at least 3 adults hearty portions!


Meal 1: Chili

1/2 lb ground Angus  ($1.00)

1 Meijer brand 29 oz tomato sauce ($1.00)

1 Meijer brand 29 oz diced tomatoes ($1.00)

1 Meijer brand kidney beans or chili beans ($.59)

1 Meijer brand chili seasoning ($.79)

1 onion ***

tortilla chips***

shredded cheese***

Total: $4.38

Brown beef and chopped onion in large stock pot or dutch oven over medium heat.  Add chili seasoning, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beans.  Simmer on low for 30 minutes.  Serve with shredded cheese on top and tortilla chips.


Meal 2: Potato Soup

(This could feed ALOT of people if you adjust the recipe- there are plenty of ingredients)

1 10lb bag potatoes ($1.29)

1 gallon milk ($1.59)

1 bunch celery ($1.19)

1 small bag onions ($1.99)

Total:  $6.06


Meal 3:  Black Bean Nachos

Meijer tortilla chips ($2.00)

Meijer can black beans ($.59)

Meijer shredded cheese ($1.29)

Meijer salsa ($1.50)

Total: $5.38

Heat black beans in microwave or on stove until steaming for 5 minutes.  Take desired amount of tortilla chips and top with shredded cheese.  Bake in oven (or you can even use microwave if in a hurry) on 350 until cheese is melted.  Top with black beans and salsa.


Meal 4: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce with Steamed Broccoli

Meijer Spaghetti ($1.00)

Meijer Spaghetti Sauce ($1.00)

1/2 lb ground Angus ($1.00)

Fresh Broccoli bunch- use 1/2  ($1.00)

Total: $4.00

Brown beef in skillet and add sauce.  Cook pasta according to directions.  Wash and steam broccoli in 1/2 cup of water on medium heat until tender.  Top pasta with sauce and serve with broccoli.


Meal 5: Baked Pork Chops with Broccoli and Baked Potato

1 lb Boneless Top Loin Pork Chops ($2.99)

1/2 head of broccoli ***

1 potato per person***

Total: $2.99

Preheat oven to 350.  Season pork chops with whatever seasoning you have on hand. You can even use salt and pepper or BBQ sauce.  Wash,  poke several holes in potatoes, and wrap in foil.  Bake chops in casserole dish for 45 minutes along with potatoes.  10 minutes before chops are done, steam broccoli in 1/2 cup of water until tender.  Serve chops with broccoli, and baked potato with butter and shredded cheese if desired.


*** These prices are added in another meal because the same ingredient is used.


Total for week:  Approximately $22.83 (prices can vary a little by region)

I am $2.17 under budget, so I would add a few staples to my list to have to cook with next week. Possibilities include brown sugar, butter, flour, etc.


Please let me know what you think!




Ok, here it is…


The new feature is called : 5 for $25 !


I am going to take the current week’s Meijer ads (it could eventually be expanded to other stores as well), and make a menu of 5 meals that cost around $5.oo each or less.  Together, all of the meals will total approximately $25!  The price will not include any coupon savings outside of printable coupons.  I will link to all the printables so that everyone has the same access to them.  If you do coupon, and happen to have inserts, it will be a bonus!


Much effort will be made to come up with decently healthy, well rounded meals to feed at least 3 people.  This will be especially good for those college students who are looking to eat more than just fast food on a meager budget.  You can split the cost with roomies, and pay even less!


I have had many people who have asked me for our menu, or recipes, or to just plan their grocery trip for them, lol.  So this is a way to either detail it out for them, or at least give some ideas to get them started.   I will also include a grocery list that you can copy, paste, and print.


I know there are many other websites that have dinners planned for less than $5, but most of the time they are calculating the cost they paid while using coupons and huge sales.  This method is what I use for my family, but  I am creating “5 for $25” especially for my readers who do not have a stockpile.


If you have any questions, or suggestions, please let me know!  Look for the post to be up by Tuesday evening of each week.