I recently joined $5 Dollar Meal Plans, and with their free trial, I received the $150 Costco Meal Plan. The plan described that you could make 22 complete dinners for $150. Are you kidding me? That works out to be less than $7 a Meal. I did not think this was possible but decided to give it a shot.
With the grocery list and recipes printed, I got ready and headed to Costco. I had a heck of a time finding all items on the grocery list. I don’t know if this was because I’m in Canada and the Meal Plan is based in the USA. However, I managed to get the bulk of the items and then made my way over to the grocery store for any ingredients that I couldn’t locate at Costco.
How does the Costco Meal Plan work?
This particular plan offers you a menu and recipes for 22 meals for the low cost of $150.00. But that’s not all; this project is also freezer-friendly. This means that you can make all meals on the same day and freeze them to use later. The meals are safe in the freezer for up to 12 months in a deep freeze (or 6 months in the fridge freezer)
Did we successfully make all 22 meals and stay within the $150 price range?
The short answer is no, not even close. With all ingredients, I spent $214.04 and was able to make 13 meals; this equals approximately $16.46 each meal or $107.02 a week (2 weeks with leftover meals)
I think geographical location and the dollar rate played a significant role in the outcome of this menu. I did love that I could spend a couple hours in the kitchen and have a couple of weeks of meals readily available at my fingertips later in the week. I will attempt more freezer meals in the future. Watch out for these upcoming posts.
But, I wasn’t keen on the idea that many of the meals were similar to one another. The main dish seemed to have been of a ground beef variety. While this is not an issue for me as next week, I’ll do more shopping, this could be troublesome for many families that only shop once or twice a month.
I post my weekly menu to encourage menu planning and to give meal ideas, not as a nutritional standard. You should feed your family based on your priorities and values
Our Meal Plan No. 11
Monday: Sloppy Joe Sliders with Frozen Vegetables
Tuesday: BBQ Chicken Street Tacos with Black Beans & Corn
Wednesday: BBQ Pulled Pork Roast with Mashed Potatoes & Frozen Vegetables
Thursday: Italian Meatloaf
Friday: Red Chicken Enchiladas
Saturday: Black Bean Chili with Mashed Potatoes & Frozen Vegetables
Sunday: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce & Frozen Vegetables
Leftover Meals: Red Chicken Enchiladas (x2), Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, BBQ Pulled Pork Roast, BBQ Chicken Street Tacos and Sloppy Joe Sliders.
Have you tried the Costco Meal Plan, how did it turn out for you?