42 Meals for Less Than $100

Meals That Help You Save

Remember when you were in college? Ramen and mac-n-cheese were the common meals that held you over because you could hardly afford anything else. Well, you couldn’t afford anything but beer.

Those days bring back fond memories. We buckled down when we needed. We took full class loads, crammed at the end of the semester for finals and still went out four nights a week. In addition, I held down a part-time job and worked 20 hours a week. This made me think of how when we really want to do something, we figure out how to do it.

Let me say it again, when we REALLY want to do something, we figure out how to do it. For many of us, we have made unconscious choices to get into debt. We have switched to dining out regularly and spending more than we should on clothes, gadgets, cars and houses. Now we are stuck behind the eight ball.

What if we buckled down for a bit, as we did in college, and lived a life that allowed us to pay off our debts more quickly? What would that look like? One thing that would probably change is our eating habits.

If this is a challenge you want to take on, we have created a meal plan just for you.

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Plan Your Meals

We have created a balanced menu of 42 meals, three meals per day for seven days for two adults. We assume you are living with someone who either also needs to get out of debt or is your spouse and shares your debt in sickness and in health. Below are a menu and a grocery list. We followed this for a week. If two grown men, working and working out five days a week can survive on this diet, so can you.

This may not be sustainable for months on end, but what if you did this one week a month, eliminated dining out and cut your grocery bill to $75 a week? How much more could you put towards your debt in that one week, $75, $100, $250?

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Cheap Food Menu

Sunday

• Breakfast – Egg, potato & cheese burrito and apple
• Lunch – Pasta with meat sauce, orange, and veggies with ranch dressing
• Dinner – Grilled chicken, rice, and frozen veggie

Monday

• Breakfast – Oatmeal and banana
• Lunch – Rice & bean burrito, apple, and veggies with ranch dressing
• Dinner – Pasta with meat sauce and frozen veggie

Tuesday

• Breakfast – Oatmeal and banana
• Lunch – Grilled chicken, rice, frozen veggie and orange
• Dinner – Grilled turkey burgers, baked potato, and frozen veggies

Wednesday

• Breakfast – Oatmeal and banana
• Lunch – Rice & bean burrito, apple, and veggies with ranch dressing
• Dinner – Pasta with meat sauce and frozen veggie

Thursday

• Breakfast – Oatmeal and banana
• Lunch – Grilled turkey burgers, baked potato, and frozen veggies
• Dinner – Grilled chicken, rice, and frozen veggie

Friday

• Breakfast – Oatmeal and banana
• Lunch – Rice & bean burrito, apple, and veggies with ranch dressing
• Dinner – Grilled turkey burgers, baked potato, and frozen veggies

Saturday

• Breakfast – Egg, potato & cheese burrito and apple
• Lunch – Grilled turkey burgers, baked potato, and frozen veggies
• Dinner – Pasta with meat sauce, frozen veggies, orange and veggies with ranch

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