Emergency Dollar Tree Menu

$65 Dollar Tree Emergency One Week Menu for 4-6 People

Around 15 years ago I came upon a website that listed an emergency menu for $45 for 4 to 6 people. This was so helpful to me, even though I never completely followed it. Many of the meals are slightly time intensive. So, I have set out to make a one week emergency menu for 4-6 people that contains all food groups, is simple to put together, doesnt repeat the same meals every day, and can be purchased at the Dollar Tree. I know that some of the ingredients could be purchased for less at another store or in bulk, but this is an experiment using only Dollar Tree items. I will do the experiment using items from Walmart later.

Dinners: $31

Spaghetti and meatballs (spaghetti noodles, sauce, 2 packages frozen meatballs, one package frozen vegetables) $5

Beans and rice (one package rice, one package beans, one container of seasoning such as chili powder) $3

Poor man's meal (2 packages frozen hot dogs or sausage, 2 packages french fries, one bag frozen vegetables) $5

Bacon pasta (2 packages bacon, one box noodles, one bag frozen vegetables) $4

Baked beans, fruit and toast (2 cans baked beans, one loaf bread, large can of fruit, margarine) $5

Tuna noodle casserole (2 cans tuna, one box pasta, one can cream of mushroom soup, one can of vegetables or a bag of frozen vegetables) $5

Chicken and dumplings (2 cans chicken, one can cream of chicken soup, frozen or canned peas and carrots, flour) $5

Lunches: $21

Mac and cheese (2 boxes with the cheese sauce included, one bag frozen veggies) $3

Bologna sandwiches (1 loaf bread, 1 pkg bologna, mayo or mustard, 1 bag banana chips) $4

Chili (4 cans chili and 1 package of crackers) $4

Smoothies and popcorn (one package yogurt, one bag frozen fruit, one box popcorn) $3

Ramen noodles with veggies (one 5-pack ramen noodles, one can or bag veggies) $2

Tuna or canned chicken sandwiches (2 cans tuna or chicken, 1 loaf bread, 1 can or bag veggies, should have mayo to use from bologna sandwiches above) $4


Breakfasts: $13

Pancakes (1 package pancake mix, one syrup, margarine from above) $2

Eggs and toast (2 packs of eggs, one loaf bread, margarine from above) $3

Oatmeal (1 container or box oatmeal) $1

Cereal and milk (2 boxes cereal, one box milk) $3

Oatmeal $1

Yogurt and cereal bars (1 yogurt, 1 box cereal bars) $2

Oatmeal $1


Posted using Partiko Android

Comments 8

31.07.2019 05:03

I do like popcorn. :)

31.07.2019 05:12

31.07.2019 05:13

Nothing fancy, but certainly edible, and fairly inexpensive, considering what food costs now.

31.07.2019 05:08

Thanks! I agree, not the fanciest, but then, I would not call the dollar store fancy.

31.07.2019 05:11


This post has been manually curated, resteemed
and gifted with some virtually delicious cake
from the @helpiecake curation team!

Much love to you from all of us at @helpie!
Keep up the great work!


Manually curated by @amberyooper.

@helpie is a Community Witness.
For more information about our project,
please visit this month’s UPDATE post.

31.07.2019 05:15

Thank you so much for being an awesome Partiko user! We have just given you a free upvote!

The more Partiko Points you have, the more likely you will get a free upvote from us! You can earn 30 Partiko Points for each post made using Partiko, and you can make 10 Points per comment.

One easy way to earn Partiko Point fast is to look at posts under the #introduceyourself tag and welcome new Steem users by commenting under their posts using Partiko!

If you have questions, don't feel hesitant to reach out to us by sending us a Partiko Message, or leaving a comment under our post!

31.07.2019 08:04