HOW TO FEED A FAMILY OF FOUR on less than $30 a week.......with NO COUPONS
GROCERY STUFFIES FOR YOU
First of all let me say that having a stocked pantry of “necessities” may take some time, effort and money to start off……I have been collecting for 20 years so I have an advantage. When I say “on hand” many of you may not have that product “on hand” and have to purchase it……..there by raising the cost of the total meal for you. Just like all of the other things that I do to save money, it will begin to FLOW for you over time and you will truly see the savings.
You will see that it is VERY POSSIBLE to feed a family of four, all name brand products, NOT SKIMPING OR SKIPPING MEALS for $25-30 a week or less with very little effort and a lot of creativity. I often post a meal that I make for my family and itemize the cost of the meal to reveal the possibilities. You do not have to eat exactly what I eat………you can be creative…… It is QUITE normal for me to feed my family for less than $5.00 a day……….NOW I will tell you that we are at a point in our lives where we TREAT ourselves to DINNER OUT at least one time a week and sometimes SPLURGE really big! …..But that is what “freelancbyu-ing” is all about ……. LIVING LAVISHLY on a FRUGAL budget!
If you deny yourself…….you will not stick to it……just like a diet……when you feel deprived… it just doesn’t work.
I have shopping days with coupons and shopping days without!!!!!!!!!!! Why would you do this you ask?
I save my coupons for things I want/need for sales and double coupons……….I esp. love FREE coupons and TMF rebates. My shopping trip for the TODAY show was exclusively done with coupons and rebates………I did get some feedback from “couponers” that said “I know you can’t save like that ALL of the time.” My answer to that is YES I CAN!!!!!!!!!!!! And I do……….I stockpile all of the items I get free and use them creatively so it isn’t the “same ole thing” when I have large quanities. I fill in with the STAPLES that I often need/want to supplement my pantry and I visit the SALVAGE BARN and other REDUCED shopping places every couple of months. I also am a member of SAMS and when I go there I spend $100 EVERY TIME I GO………..so I blow my entire monthly budget for food when I go there! This is done in lieu of going out to eat………or when I am SO STOCKED UP that I can afford the “luxury.”
I am going to attempt to walk you thru my world (as it pertains to GROCERIES) and help you learn to Be a COUPON QUEEN……….but also fill you in on other tips about smart shopping and cooking as well. SO here goes……………..
Here is a sample shopping list for the FILL IN ………what you need in BASICS to get thru “tough times” or just have to make several different dishes at little cost………these of course can be modified any way you like……….
In the summer most of my VEG. Come from our garden and we have learned to be very creative with tomatos, peppers, onions and cucumbers……that is about all we grow…….in a small space but it saves tons of money!
ALWAYS BUY REDUCED MEATS AND PRODUCE
Or use a coupon if you have them for the “good stuff”
NEVER DEPRIVE YOURSELF……..if you want a steak……buy it…….just adjust your menu accordingly!!!!
YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now remember this is how you START………after you stockpile your menu will grow………..I often have seafood, steak, gourmet foods, dinner out etc…….but I have years of collecting, experimenting etc…….
You will get there………just hang with me!
YOU CAN GO OUT TO DINNER and ORDER PIZZA too………..just find the DEALS……here on freelancebyu
ITEMS I ALWAYS HAVE ON HAND
(you will too after doing some coupon shopping, dollar store scouting etc. etc…….these are gotten at little or no cost)
Variety of Spices and Herbs
BIG jar of Garlic (or lotz of cloves)
Salt & Pepper
Condiments (all types)
Variety of Salad Dressings
Variety of types of Alcohol (wine, beer, cordials etc)
Jams, Jellies, honey
Olives, peppers, chillies
Salsa (home made or for pennies store bought w/coupon)
Lemon and/or Lime Juice
Non Fat Dried Milk
please understand that the following shopping list changes from week to week depending on SALE and IN SEASON ITEMS..........this is in no way restrictive.........just buy "like cost" item if you find something your family will not eat or has allergy to. The SEASONAL items in your area will vary from mine, as will the in-store specials.
NO COUPON SHOPPING LIST
1 dozen large eggs
Honey Graham O’s cereal (or other SALE CEREAL for less than $2.00 box)
Package of tortillas
Wonder Italian sliced bread
½ gal milk
4 pack of “blue” Pillsbury biscuits
Blue Bonnett margerine 1 lb
1 ½ lbs of ground beef
1 lb carrots
Bag of navy beans
2 lbs of ham (chunks)
Ham bone (free from butcher……just ask most places)
1 lb of long grain rice
1 can of saur kraut
5 ears of white corn on cob
24 oz of macaroni
Quick Grits (1 lb)
Cannister of Oatmeal (not the instant)
1 lb of cheddar cheese
Polish Sausage Hillshire Farm
5 lb flour (self rising all purpose)
3 cans starkest tuna (in water)
5 lb potatoes
2 packs of Glory Cornbread mix
Wesson Canola Oil
5 packs of ramen noodles
LARGE pork roast
32 oz applesauce
5 lb sugar
2 cans of Italian Tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 bag of reduced apples
1 bunch of bananas
1 lb of Mozerella cheese
Chicken thighs (large pack)
1 pint of strawberries
1 can of coffee
TOTAL FOR TWO WEEKS OF GROCERIES………………….$55.08
SAVE $5.00 for Milk, eggs & bread for next week
TOTAL FOR TWO WEEKS OF GROCERIES TO FEED 4 with LEFT OVERS FOR FOLLOWING SHOPPING TRIP!
MENU CHOICES FOR TWO WEEKS USING ABOVE LIST
Cereal & milk
Toast and Jelly
Eggs (boiled, scrambled or fried)
Apple cinnamon bread/muffins
Juice and/or coffee
Tuna on toast
Cream of Broccoli Soup
French Onion Soup
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Mac & Cheese
Ham & Bean Soup
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Corn Chowder (left over corn and chicken)
Home Made Chips
Tortillia Wraps or Quesidillias
Lemon or Lime Ade, Kool Aid , soda or juice
DINNER * items are main dishes that have left overs
*Sausage & Kraut
Gravy (use seasoning from Ramen Noodles, flour, water or meat drippings)
*Fried Chicken Livers
Pork Stir Fry
*Chicken & Rice
*Mexican Fiesta (Spanish rice, soft tacos and cinnamon crunchers w/ refried navy beans)
*Navy Beans & Ham Soup
Corn on the Cob
*Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole
*French Onion Soup and Quiche
*Sweet & Sour Pork
Au Gratin Potatoes
*Breakfast for dinner
*Pizzas made from tortillas
Desserts and/or snacks
Fruit crisp (cobbler)
Carrot/Celery sticks and ranch
Tortillia Chips and Salsa
Applesauce or Spice Cake
Pound Cake w/ strawberries
Fruit and Cheese Tray
GET CREATIVE AND ENJOY YOUR SAVINGS!!!!!!!!!!!! Use your money that you save to take advantage of other sales and savings!!!!!!!!!!!!
USE COUPONS to save on other items, luxury items etc………get lots of free stuff……….AND DO THE REBATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!