Skip to comments.FREEPER KITCHEN: LIVING ON A BUDGET/MENUS
Posted on 10/15/2008 8:22:08 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
While reading another thread I noticed someone speaking of how they were able to spend $400 per month to feed their small family very well. So, I had an idea of asking how everyone budgets for groceries,
Recently, I split my grocery bill between the sale and 50% items at Fresh N Easy and the $15 per laundry sized basket local produce co-op.
This is the time to pull out old cookbooks and family recipes that are simple. Talk about basic menus. Just little things that help economically. Let's see if we can get a thread going.
COUPONS and SALES and PLANNING.
Hillbilly Housewife has 2 emergency menus.
$45.00 a week can feed a family of four.
Lots of recipes and links for frugal living.
Shepherd’s Pie is a favorite of ours - a layer of ground beef (browned and fat drained off) with a little onion, then a layer of creamed corn, topped with mashed potatoes.
Ping for later read and post.
Use the Dave Ramsey method of putting your grocery budget in cash in a monthly or weekly envelope- and when it is gone, live off what’s in the pantry!
I find it hard to budget when I shop with the check book
One tip- my kids “LOVE” having “breakfast for dinner” one night a week- omelets, pancakes or french toast. We mak a big batch of pancakes for Sunday breakfast, then freeze the leftover pancakes for dinner on Thursday night
Fresh & Easy is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I head there 2-3x week for the 50% off meat, and freeze it. Chuck roast is 1.99/lb there right now!!
And I’m going in with a friend for the $15 co-op fruits and veggies - we’re splitting them since neither of us can eat all of it. (we both have husbands and toddlers, no big kids)
I didn’t realize you were here in AZ!!
**Freeper Kitchen Ping**
Take that exact same recipe for shepherd’s pie, drop the creamed corn (ewwww, yuck!) and substitute one tin of condensed Cream of Mushroom soup. Add fresh ground black pepper. Beautiful!
I like to bake a lot so that takes care of cookies and bread. Produce stores are usually cheaper and I like Aldis for meat and canned goods.
I take out a certain amount of money every 2 weeks and try to keep within that amount for my those 2 weeks. If I have extra saved I save it for something I want to buy. For example I’m saving for a color laser printer right now. When I have the money saved I can buy it.
My four dependents eat up the bulk of my grocery money - 2 dogs and 2 cats!
It’s hard to find anything as good and as cheap as the old standby; pinto beans and cornbread. And when you’re feeling a little crazy fry some potatoes to go with it. HMMMMMMMMMMM
If you ever want to split the meat order they do every once in a while a few ways, let me know and I'll go in on it with you.
2) Avoid 'convenience' foods. A carton of chicken broth costs $2 on sale. Buy a whole chicken, boil it for 45 minutes to cook it, and you have both broth and chicken that way.
3) Figure out which store brands are good, and when they are on sale, stock up, those will be your best deal.
4) As someone else noted, pay attention to sales and coupons - buy your meats and plan you menu by what is the best sale that week.
5) Check out produce stores if you have a large family - some have dirt-cheap prices for large purchases, but shop carefully for quality.
6) Be wary of sales that are not really good sales - for example, Redner's runs a 5-for-$20 promotion - 5 packs of a range of meat products for $4 each. However, often times, for a given item, that is NOT the best sale price you will see over the course of two months - a whole chicken might be $4, but will be a cheaper price per pound when on sale separately.
7) Create dishes where meat is a seasoning, and not the main course, such as ham-and-bean soup or chili. Beans are an excellent food source for protein and nutrients. Beans and cheese and rice are a complete protein source without meat.
8) When shopping for bread, make sure you are not paying for air - compare weights and not just loaf price.
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I think I have a recipe somewhere for Italian Shepherd’s Pie somewhere. But, it’s funny you mention it, since my husband was wanting some last night.
I dropped my grocery bill with canning.
I had to invest $300 in supplies, which paid for itself in one month.
My favorite things (so far) are:
chicken stew (very cheap!)
split pea soup (vegetarian)
Next year we’ll have a garden, that that will go down more. I’m hoping for a good tomato crop for sauces.
A freezer is also a great investment. You can buy things on sale and stock up.
Finally, DON’T WASTE LEFTOVERS! :-) Keep your bits!
About once a week we end up having a leftover night where one person gets spaghetti, another gets chicken and potato salad and someone else has to live with MORE SOUP! lol!
(I love this topic!)
Topped with rigatoni instead of potatoes?
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