7 Meals For Under $60!

I have seen so many other families stressing out on how to feed their families in these trying times. I wanted to share some of my tips and a week’s worth of meals for under $60!

In 2020 I started meal planning to help save money. It was so easy to go in the store and purchase a lot of extra stuff we didn’t need.

With Covid came the option to do grocery pickups at Walmart through the Walmart app. The app has been a lifesaver!

Throughout the week I go into my Walmart app and add my groceries to my cart. I am then able to see exactly how much I will be spending. I also can see what ingredients I have and plan meals using the same ingredients if needed.

Example: If I have two meals that require shredded cheese I will purchase the 32 oz bag instead of the 8 oz bag.

After adding the items to my cart I leave them there until I go back to the store.

When it’s time to go grocery shopping I pull up my app. As I go down the aisles and get my groceries I “remove” the items from my cart. What does this do?

1) It helps me stay on track and not buy unnecessary items
2) It helps me not forget items I need for the week/my meals

It also helps that as we finish/run out of items my husband and kids tell me we need something and I go in and add it to my cart. This helps me ensure I don’t forget the next time I’m in the store.

Recently I have been seeing heartbreaking Facebook posts from other moms who are stressing over the cost of groceries. They aren’t sure how they are going to be continue to feed their children at the current prices.

Having a family of seven has always meant we needed to get creative in hard times in regard to grocery shopping. Pre-pandemic feeding this many people wasn’t always easy and that is no different now.

I wanted to write this post to help other families out and let them see that it is possible to feed a family and not feel like you are paying a second mortgage in groceries.

Below are 7 of our cheap and easy go-to meals for $58.58! I don’t care who you are or the size of your family…if you can get 7 meals for under $100 you’re doing great let alone under $60!

Now keep in mind we would have to add more soups and a bigger pack of pork chops for our family but this is a great starting point for smaller families.


Meal 1: Soup Beans ($3.90)
*Soup Beans (You can pick your cheap bean option)
*Mixed Greens

7 Meals For Under $60!

Meal 2: Chicken Alfredo ($4.23)
*Canned chicken
*Alfredo sauce
*Pasta noodles

7 Meals For Under $60!

Meal 3: Sausage and potatoes ($7.16) One of our family’s top favorite meals!!
*Smoked/Polish sausage

7 Meals For Under $60!

Meal 4: Spaghetti and meatballs ($8.96)
*Spaghetti sauce
*Frozen meatballs
*Spaghetti/Penne noodles

7 Meals For Under $60!

Meal 5: Pork Chops ($14.81)
*Pork chops (pack size for your family)
*Instant mashed potatoes
*Ranch and bacon pasta

7 Meals For Under $60!

Meal 6: Breakfast for supper ($6.64)
*Turkey bacon (cheaper than regular bacon)

7 Meals For Under $60!

Meal 7: Soup & Salad Night ($12.88) Another family favorite!
*Salad dressing of choice
*Shredded cheese
*Bacon bits
*Canned soup of choice (in our family we get everyone a can of their favorite soup)

7 Meals For Under $60!

Total for all 7 meals:

Now these meals aren’t glorious meals but they are filling, yummy and our kids enjoy them. They also don’t break the bank!

If anyone has any questions let me know. I’d love to help out other families ❤️

What are some of your favorite, cheap and easy go-to meals for your family?


Why Looking Like A Mess May Make You A Better Mother

Picture this: hair pulled back in a bun…possibly soaking wet…and no makeup. I have just described how I look 85% of the time.

Who am I trying to impress? I have already snagged my handsome husband…..I could care less about what other people think about me. I may generally look like a hot mess but you will never see my kids that way!

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The Loveland Castle

Castles are amazing to me. What would it have been like to live in something so big and extravagant? What’s even more amazing is that the Loveland Castle in Loveland, Ohio was built by one man! One man! That is insane!

Day 2 of the 2015 Thompson Family Vacation was spent at the castle.

I remember the first time I visited the castle as a child. I hope our visit today leaves a lasting impression on the kids like it did me when I was their age.

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A Night At The Cincinnati Museum Center

Okay so maybe we didn’t stay the night at the Cincinnati Museum Center but wouldn’t that be awesome? I can see it now….the kids would be walking around with Ben Stiller as the museum exhibits came to life. Wouldn’t that be something?

Day 1 of the 2015 Thompson Family Vacation was spent at the Cincinnati Museum Center. This was the first time my husband and kids had been there. I had went twice as a child and absolutely loved it! Continue reading

Splashing (FREE) Fun

With a family of six, free activities are ALWAYS the best! We love to be able to get the kids out of the house. We have to make our oldest daughter have “electronic free” days. I’m sure there are other moms out there that have the same struggle.

It’s summertime and it gets soooo hot. Unfortunately we don’t have a pool at home. Any water activity we can find is great and the kids have a blast. For all those near the Beattyville, Kentucky area do I have a treat for you. There is a FREE splash park at Happy Top! Everyone loves the word free….if you say you don’t you may be fibbing.

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My Experience As A “Mother”

I am the oldest of six kids. Yep….six! My parents divorced when my sister and I were little. We were the result of “puppy love.” My parents were married at a very young age…we won’t go into how old (young) they were. After getting divorced they both got remarried (this is where the other four siblings come in). My mom blessed us with two little brothers, and my dad blessed us with another brother and a younger sister.

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