Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 11.21.26 AMTrader Joe’s is one of my all-time favorite places to shop. They seem to have every little ingredient you need for a recipe as well as some fun goodies to throw in the cart – all at VERY reasonable prices.

One of the best perks of shopping there is you can easily feed 2 people on a very low budget.

Here is a meal plan I created for me and my husband that I’ve come back to time and time again when we need to have a low spending week, it works like a charm!

All recipes are very simple and use some of the staples you probably already have in your pantry – making your budget even lower than $50!

Feel free to modify/change any of the recipes or side dishes to fit your individual taste. Enjoy!


Monday – Friday: Egg, Potato & Cheese Breakfast Burritos, Cereal, Oatmeal

Sat & Sun: Scrambled Eggs, Potatoes


Monday: Leftover Enchiladas

Tues: Chicken Santa Fe Salad

Wed: Bean & Cheese Burritos

Thurs: BBQ Chicken Sliders Leftovers

Fri: Bean & Cheese Burritos

Sat & Sun: Cheese Quesadillas


Sun – Chicken Enchiladas

Mon – Frittata w/Side Salad

Tues – Turkey Burgers & Baked Fries

Wed -BBQ Chicken Sliders & beans

Thurs – Grilled Chicken Santa Fe Salad

Fri – Chicken Sausage Pasta

Sat – Easy Shepherd’s Pie


Shopping List:

1 Pack of Chicken Breast $5

Chicken Sausage $3.99

TJ’s Turkey Burger Package (Frozen) 2.99

Enchilada Sauce 2.79

BBQ Sauce 2.49

Cilantro Dressing 3.49

Shredded Cheese – 3.99

TJ’s Marinara 1.79

Pasta – 1.00

Tortillas – 1.79

Sour Cream – 1.79

Potatoes – 2.00

1 Sweet Onion – 0.59

1 Can Corn – 0.89

2 Cans Black Beans – 1.58

Baked Beans – 0.89

Eggs – 1.99

Salad Mix – 1.99

Spinach Mix – 1.99

Hamburger Buns – 1.99

Avocados 3.49


My Tips:

Frittata Night:

First cook diced potatoes in olive oil over medium heat. When they become soft, add a bag of spinach and stir around until spinach wilts. Mix 5 eggs and 1/4 cup of milk together and pour inside hot pan. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 15-20 min. or until eggs are set. Serve with a side of salad mix tossed with cilantro dressing.


*Note – frittatas are great for throwing in whatever vegetables you have sitting in your fridge! I love to put zuchinni, carrot, onions, etc.

Turkey Burger Night:

Follow directions on the package. Slice avocado to put on top, toast hamburger buns, and oven-fry the potatoes.

BBQ Chicken Sliders Night:

Slow Cook Chicken Breasts with 1/2 bottle of bbq sauce for 8 hours on low. Shred chicken breasts and let sit in juices of slow cooker for 30 min more. Serve over toasted hamburger buns with your choice of cheese, or avocado & side of baked beans.

Chicken Santa Fe Salad:

Grill/Saute Chicken Breasts. Serve with cilantro dressing over salad tossed with salad mix, avocado, black beans, shredded cheese & any other throw-ins you might have in your pantry!

Chicken Sausage Pasta:

Follow directions on package for both chicken sausage & pasta. Toss with Tj’s Marinara sauce… that’s it!

You can find the Shepherd’s Pie & Enchilada recipes right here on our Pinterest board: “Budget Recipes”

*Note: Things like sour cream, shredded cheese, and avocado can be used interchangeably in different recipes. For example, when I’m making the bean & cheese burritos for lunch I will slice some avocado and put it in there. I will put a dollop of sour cream on top of the enchiladas, etc. You get the point! 😉

Hope you enjoy this meal plan, if you have any other recipe ideas please share them below! I am always on the hunt for a good TJ’s recipe!


Erika from Faithful with Finances

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Trader Joe’s Meal Plan for Two Under $50/Week

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