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RV Meal Plan, Weeks 1 and 2Eating is one of the biggest expenses we have, so we obviously try to save as much as we can in this area. Of course, we don't want to eat only peanut butter and crackers so we sat down and prepared this 2 week meal plan. We vary the main courses so we do not eat the same things day in and day out, although breakfast and lunch usually remain about the same.
We generally shop for groceries at Walmart and buy the Great Value brand on many items. Some things we buy the name brand as the taste difference can be significant. We use coupons if we have them, we try to cook just enough for one meal so leftovers are kept to a bare minimum and we splurge here and there as long as we do not exceed our grocery budget.
Our tastes likely differ from yours and this is only to show how we like to eat. The goal is not to tell you what to eat, just to give some ideas. We obviously aren't health fanatics who try to eat only certain things, but to the dismay of many, we are both slender and quite healthy. The way we see it, the most health conscious person alive is still going to die one day, they'll just die without having enjoyed bacon!
Feel free to change it as you see fit and your budget permits. Many of the things on the list last longer than 2 weeks so your monthly cost will not necessarily be double the 2 week cost, it will probably be less.
Orange Juice or
Leftovers under the awning.
|Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Soda||Biscuits w/ Jelly|
|Monday||Pancakes w/syrup, Bacon, Orange Juice or Milk||Lunch Meat Sandwich, Chips, Iced Tea||Chicken and Dumplings, Iced Tea, Brownies||Bananas|
|Tuesday||Oatmeal, Toast w/Butter & Jelly, Orange Juice or Milk||Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwiches, Chips, Soda||Chili Cheese Fritos, Iced Tea|
|Wednesday||Eggs, Sausage, Toast, Orange Juice or Milk||Lunch Meat Sandwich, Chips, Iced Tea||Hamburgers, French Fries, Iced Tea|
|Thursday||Egg Sandwich, Orange Juice or Milk||Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Soda||Crock Pot Roast, Rice, Salad, Iced Tea, Pound Cake||Apples|
|Friday||French Toast w/Syrup, Bacon, Orange Juice or Milk||Sandwich of Choice, Chips, Iced Tea||Open Face Roast Beef Sandwich, Iced Tea|
|Saturday||Omelet, Toast, Orange Juice or Milk||Ramen Noodles with Chicken, Iced Tea||Grilled Chicken, Rice, Butterbeans, Garlic Toast, Iced Tea||Apples|
Orange Juice or
Leftovers under the awning.
|Tacos, Iced Tea||Biscuits w/ Jelly|
|Monday||Breakfast Burrito, Orange Juice or Milk||Lunch Meat Sandwich, Chips, Iced Tea||Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce, Garlic Bread, Iced Tea, Chocolate Chip Cookies|
|Tuesday||Oatmeal, Toast w/Butter & Jelly, Orange Juice or Milk||Egg Salad Sandwich, Iced Tea||Grilled Fish, Rice, Green Beans, Soda||Nectarines|
|Wednesday||Eggs, Sausage, Toast, Orange Juice or Milk||BLT Sandwich, Iced Tea||Meatloaf, Mac & Cheese, Butterbeans, Rolls, Iced Tea|
|Thursday||Egg Sandwich, Orange Juice or Milk||Hot Dogs, Chips, Soda||Country Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Salad, Iced Tea||Bananas|
|Friday||French Toast w/Syrup, Bacon, Orange Juice or Milk||Tuna Sandwich, Chips, Iced Tea||Pork Chops, Salad, Peas, Rolls, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Iced Tea|
|Saturday||Pancakes w/Syrup, Bacon, Orange Juice or Milk||Hot Dogs, Chips, Iced Tea||Steak, Baked Potato, Garlic Bread, Iced Tea||Apples|
The following is the grocery list for the menus shown above. This list was purchased at Walmart on 10/10/2009 for $132.41 + tax. In 2023, it is undoubtedly more but this gives you a general idea of cost.
Ground Beef (2.5 lbs.)
Cubed Steak (1 lb.)
Bacon (1.5 lbs.)
Sausage (2 lbs.)
Steak (1 large)
Beef Roast (2.5 lbs.)
Lunch Meat (2 packs)
Boneless Chicken Breast (3)
Tilapia (2 pieces)
Lettuce (2 heads)
Butterbeans (2 cans)
Orange Juice (1/2 gal.)
Milk (1/2 gal.)
Eggs (2 1/2 doz.)
Biscuits (2) (5ct. cans)
Frozen French Fries
Hot Dog Buns
Bread (2 loaves)
Soda (12 Pack)
Onion Soup Mix
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Taco Seasoning Mix
Dill Pickle Slices
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Ramen Noodles (2)
Macaroni & Cheese
Meat Loaf Mix
Mashed Potato Mix
Notes: All canned vegetables will be substituted with fresh when available. We did not list all seasonings here because most of you probably have the ones you prefer already.
Click here for RV Meal Plan, Weeks 3 and 4.
Here are a few helpful books in regards to meal planning and meal budgeting: