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post #21 of 124
1.) How many people are eating?
2 adults, 2 toddlers (both with hearty appetites for little ones!)

2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area?
low-mid

3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it?
no

4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others?
no

5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food?
Well, we buy in bulk and freeze that way

6.) Do you shop with coupons?
no

7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends?
no

8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work?
no

9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...)
no

10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"?
DH is a raging carnivore, but none of us are really huge eaters

11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's?

No; I also don't force people to eat if they're not hungry, and it's not uncommon that we all skip a meal here and there, and then eat twice as much next time

12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"?

The only thing we really buy in bulk I include in my regular budget. i.e. if there's a sale on pasta, I will buy a bunch, but it doesn't come out of any special fund. We USED to have special categories for dairy, meat, and CSA shares but now we just basically use our grocery store. The meat didn't taste good to my husband, I figured out they were way over charging the dairy delivery, and our CSA sucked. It was always the same vegetables and half of it was already rotten when it came to our home. So now we just use regular food. Sometimes I will buy spices etc from bulkfoods.com (I think that's the addy) and that is a separate purchase.

What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?

Hmm. Typical. A typical day for us might be... DH doesn't eat breakfast (unless it's a brunch) so he just has coffee. I make the kids and myself some French toast (store bought bread but NOT those pre-packaged kinds from the freezer section) with milk. DD has fruit with it and DS has yogurt. Or I might have a roll with garden vegetable cream cheese and tomatoes/spring onions if I'm not in the mood for sweet.

For snacks we have fruit and cheese. (Bulk cheese cubed up with some apple cubes, for example.) Or I might make a home made cake (not the frosting kind, more like corn bread with fruit) and we eat squares of that.

Lunch is usually some sort of soup or stew with homemade bread. In the summer we usually do a salad instead of hot soup.

Dinner might then be, say, baked spiced potato cubes, corn salad, and some stir fried beef strips on the side. DH loves pasta and meat loves. I love nachos. Or we'll have rice bowls, or baked chicken with veggies. I use tons of spices to keep things interesting.

Dessert would be some more fruit, hot, maybe with whipped cream on the side.

After the kids go to sleep we might have some tea or spiced wine and a couple of squares of chocolate. (OK, the chocolate would be me. )
post #22 of 124
Two adults and one almost 3 year old are eating, in a middle COL area. No assistance from the government or others.

No preserving and very little gardening, since we tend to move frequently. I go on coupon spurts to build stockpiles, but don't use them on a regular basis now that we don't have a store that gives overage.

DH occasionally gets food paid for, for business lunches out, but usually packs a lunch. He eats enough for two people, and I have a big appetite when I'm nursing or pregnant.. so pretty much always. I can't eat or handle peanuts or tree nuts, and DD is allergic to dairy and eggs.

When I cook meat I make just enough for serving that meal, but there are always other food groups to eat plenty of. We spend between $300 and $500 a month for all food and toiletries, budgeting $80 a week for the grocery store and the rest for amazon orders, bulk grains, the farmer's market, an occasional meal out, etc.

Yesterday was pretty typical-
Breakfast- oatmeal for DD and DH, homemade granola bar for me (all with flax and blackstrap molasses)
Lunch- DH packed a turkey sandwich and yoghurt, DD and I had a mix of leftovers- rice, beans, and zucchini with olive oil and spices. Parmesan on mine. DD also had a "natural" hot dog.
Dinner- a big pot of chili with beans, a little ground beef, and lots of vegetables. Cornbread.
Snacks- several granola bars, cereal, and an apple for DD, lots of taste tests of chili for me.
post #23 of 124
We eat really well without really making any efforts to save on groceries. But we're just two adults, we're not really into processed foods, we don't buy a lot of organics, and we don't eat out ... I can't imagine how we could possibly spend more than $500 on food.

1.) How many people are eating? 2 adults, 2 very young children. One formula supplemented, included in the grocery budget.
2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area? High (North Jersey)
3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it? No
4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others? No
5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food? No
6.) Do you shop with coupons? No
7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends? No. we use a specialty (halal) butcher or buy grocery store kosher, so our meat is higher than average price, not lower.
8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work? No. I pack lunches for my husband.
9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...) Just the religious meat issue.
10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"? We eat like our weights indicate. And we're not skinny.
11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's? No -- we eat until we're satisfied, however much that may be.
12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"? Not applicable -- we don't buy bulk, buy into CSAs, etc.

What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?

Breakfast -- eggs, cheese, tomatoes (my husband has a thing for fresh tomatoes regardless of the time of year ) or a salad, pitas, potatoes, refried beans. Omlette veggies, sometimes with leftover ground beef or whatever from dinner.

Lunch -- Leftovers or sandwiches.

Dinner -- Roasted chickens; beef or lamb and vegetable stews; stuffed peppers and eggplants or cabbage rolls; sometimes a fish. Greens, broccoli, etc. Pickled and fermented vegetables; olives. Rice (most nights) or pasta or bread. Usually a salad. Tahina or maybe a chutney or salsa, sometimes. Lemons a lot.

Snacks -- fruit, cheeses, yogurts, pickles, cereals. My son goes through a lot of milk; fruit juice for me; tea and soda for my husband. Sometimes (maybe monthly) I bake a cake or cookies or something.

Yesterday ... um, breakfast was as above: hardboiled eggs, pitas, tomatoes, soft cheese. My husband and son split a leftover beef cutlet.

Lunch was leftover vegetable and brown rice stew with dumplings.

Dinner was a roasted chicken, rice, broccoli, pickled carrots and lemons, and a salad.

Oh, and the kids also ate Cheerios, graham crackers, and a plum. We split an apple. And maybe other things, this isn't as easy to remember as it should be.
post #24 of 124
:

glad you asked because we spend twice that per month, I'd love to get it down even a little bit.

now, I'll actually read the responses
post #25 of 124
1.) How many people are eating?

Four. Me, DH, and two boys (9 and 10)

2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area?

Somewhere between mid and high, I think.

3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it?

No.

4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others?

Nope, but I'd love to garden and plan to when we buy a house.

5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food?

No.

6.) Do you shop with coupons?

Yes, but they're not very useful. I mostly use them for bread and cereal.

7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends?

No.

8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work?

The kids eat lunch and occasionally breakfast at school and DH packs his lunch while I pack a snack.

9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...)

Not really. I don't eat pork or red meat but they do. When I cook those things, I usually just have sides..

10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"?

Big eaters. The kids often eat as much as DH!

11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's?

Kinda. When the food is gone, the meal's over. I'm not cooking anything extra. And no filling up on just one thing. (ie, getting seconds and thirds of meat but not eating veggies, pasta, etc) No eating three or four bowls of cereal or four oranges in one sitting either. That's not a frugality thing though. The boys will try to "out-eat" each other and will happily eat until they're sick.

12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"?

All food is counted. I spend about 175 bi weekly.

What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?

Yesterday:

Breakfast: They had oatmeal. I had coffee.

Lunch: The boys ate at school, DH packed neckbones (yuck) greens, and cornbread left over from the night before and a few hard boiled eggs. I think that he bought some fries or something at work. I didn't eat lunch but came home while the boys were at their after-school program and had fruit salad and made a cheese quesadilla with canned diced tomatoes and sour cream.

Just got home and "We're starving! Please feed us or we'll dieeeeeeeee" snack: Peanut butter sandwiches and bananas.

Dinner: Baked skinless chicken breasts, garlic toast, and more fruit salad with a portion saved for DH's lunch. (Cantaloupes and strawberries were on sale. We're going to be having A LOT of fruit salad!)

Last nights dinner was pretty light. A more typical dinner is more like tonights (Pork chops, peas, and au gratin potatoes.) We drink a lot of juice and seltzer.
post #26 of 124
1.) How many people are eating?
2-3 depending on if my BF is here for the evening.

2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area?high COL


3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it? No subsidy


4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others?No


5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food? I do occasionally freeze leftovers to eat for late, no canning, drying or preserving.


6.) Do you shop with coupons? yes, occasionally if it's something we use.


7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends? no


8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work? yes, I either pick up fast food or pack a lunch for work


9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...) no


10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"? big eaters


11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's?no, I don't ration food


12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"? I don't divide up anything. I don't have sides of meat that I buy, I don't participate in CSA's or co-ops.








What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday? Typically we eat 3 main meals a day. Until I started eating breakfast at home last week and packing a lunch, I would grab McD's sausage mcmuffin and coffee for breakfast and then a sandwich, fries and drink for lunch. Dinner would be something I cooked at home- meat, potatoes and veggies, snacks would be a dessert of some type, popcorn, fruit. My son eats various times of the day, he's not on a schedule- he's 20, and is home all day, unemployed. He usually will make a pan of mac and cheese with meat, and then eat that, cereal w/milk and then whatever is for dinner.
Today's meals for me were- 2 peanut butter sandwiches, coffee and cream for breakfast. Lunch was leftover shepard's pie, a bag of popcorn, and an apple. Dinner is fried chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, broccoli, bread and butter. One of the biggest downfalls here is the soda consumption and bottled water. My son is the soda drinker, and I drink bottled water because the water here is the worst in the country for taste and chemicals.

I have set a food budget for the month starting April 1st of $150 a month to include all paper products, cat food and litter.





Sorry for the length.... thanks if you actually read it, let alone posted in it!
post #27 of 124
1.) How many people are eating? 3 (I don't count the baby)


2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area? Low COL area but food costs are higher than the national average.


3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it? Yes.


4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others? no


5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food? no


6.) Do you shop with coupons? not aggressively


7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends? no


8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work? no


9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...) no


10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"? DH is a big junk food eater & DD picks.


11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's? no


12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"? 300-350 includes everything (aside from the occasional eating out)



What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?

A typical week includes:
breakfast - oatmeal/WIC cereal/eggs
lunch - sandwhich/leftovers
dinner - rice/couscous/potatoes/spaggeti + vegetables + meat(2/3 nights a week)
snacks - fruit/sale baked goods

I don't use a list, or meal plans. I buy what's on sale and that's it.
post #28 of 124
1.) How many people are eating?
3 - but one of them eats of 2, so maybe 3.5

2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area?
upper mid level

3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it?
no

4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others?
yes - garden in summer - beans and zucchinni more than anything else

5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food?
yes - but not a lot. Last year I canned some beans and beets. Made 3 "jars" of tomato sauce, some dehydrated tomatoes and frozen a few pounds of zucchinni. It's not a lot, not by a stretch.

6.) Do you shop with coupons?
yes, when I can

7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends?
no

8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work?
at work at our desks, but pack lunch from home every single day

9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...)
no - but we limit meat to 3-4 days a week. No pork ever thou.

10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"?
2 are normal - 1 bigger eater

11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's?
no

12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"?
no


What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?

Yesterday:
Breakfast - melon, strawberry and banana fruit salad, 2 soy sausages, yogurt cup with granola on top, tea
Lunch - Pad Thai (left over from take out Sunday night)
Dinner - Pot roast, mashed potatoes, corn and green beans

Weekly menu includes things like:

Breakfast:
Fruit, yogurt, breakfast burritos, potatoes, eggs, oatmeal, french toast, pancakes, cheese, soy sausages and on rare occasions cold cereal.

Lunches:
Most of the time it's left overs from a previous dinner. (I only know how to cook for like 6-8 people...)
Soy hotdogs, mac n' cheese with hot dogs, salads, soup, sandwhiches or wraps (both meat and veggies with cream cheese or very rare and occasional PB&J)

Dinner:
Enchiladas and rice
Beans and rice and cornbread
Soups, Salad, bread- all sorts of kinds
Pot roast (1x a month?)
Fish, rice and veggies
Chicken (BBQ, oven baked, smothered, etc) - with rice/ potato/ pasta and veggies
Soy burger and french fries or tator tots (1 x a month?)
Loaded nachos
A ton of other stuff that is failing me right now..

Our budget for groceries is $300 a month, this includes all other household items as well like toothpaste, cleaning, laundry, etc.

We do also have a budget line of $100 a month for eating out... sometimes we really do use it all, but not most months.


However, it took me a while to get to this point. I stock up when something goes on sale and can be flexible on certain brands for some items.
For example lentils go on sale, I buy 6-10 pounds. Chicken goes on sale, I buy 15 pounds, butter goes on sale, I buy 20 pounds. Morningstar soy products went on sale for $2.50 a box last month, normal price is $4.89... I bought 20 boxes and put them in the freezer for the future.
Mac n'cheese went on sale for .50 a box (normal price is 1.25), I bought 15... it will last for the next 6 months if not longer.
Ramen and fruit or popcorn and fruit when we are not very hungry (maybe once every 2 weeks?)
post #29 of 124
I forgot our "week" of eating:
I set up a flexible meal plan for suppers. Breakfast is either cereal (WIC), or muffins/other baked item (lots of oats!) with fruit. Lunch is always either leftovers or PB&J sandwiches with fruit or carrot sticks. Dinners are about half vegetarian. We eat curries, stir fries, spaghetti, lasagna, homemade pizza, veg. soups, chicken soups, garlic-butter-cheesy-potatoes-and-vegetables :. Basic from scratch food. Sunday's we might have somethign "fancy" like oven baked chicken or beef curry. :
post #30 of 124
1.) How many people are eating? 4

2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area? mid

3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it? no

4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others? I forage for local nuts and berries.

5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food? Yes.

6.) Do you shop with coupons? No

7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends? No/Not for free.

8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work? No.

9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...) We are mostly vegetarian eating some fish (2xmonth) and chicken (1 whole chicken every 3 months).

10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"? Big eaters.

11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's? Never.

12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"?

I spend $150 dollars a month on my co op. (Flours, oils, cheese, beans, soaps, chocolate )
$140 a month on fresh, local, organic diary. (Butter, milk, cream, eggs)
$120 dollars a month on fresh local fruits and vegatables.
$90 a month at my Health Food store on things I forgot to buy through the co op or they sell cheaper than the co op (loose spices, herbs).

Yesterday we ate: All foods made from scratch. DH takes his lunch usually leftovers or sandwiches.

Breakfast - Coffee, organic free trade (me), homefries with onions, eggs, bagels
Lunch - Pancakes (we had leftover batter) and apples
Dessert - Spicy oatmeal cookies, coffee
Dinner - Salmon loaf, roasted root vegetables in olive oil and parmesean
Dessert - Brownies and whipped cream, herbal tea
post #31 of 124
1.) How many people are eating? There's only two of us, so we better be eating on less than $500! We eat on about $75-100 per person per month.
2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area? I'd say high (pricey Chicago suburb), but I shop at cheap stores in another suburb - not national supermarket chains
3.) Do you receive WIC to supplement it? No.
4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others? we get sweet corn for free, but other than that, we buy most of our food.
5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food? We can some food, but mostly just special things that we can't buy at a store (i.e. a special pickle recipe)
6.) Do you shop with coupons? Usually no. they are too much work for too few savings. We rarely find a name brand on sale with a coupon to be cheaper than the generic.
7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends? No, but we buy beef in bulk
8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work? No. we pay for all of our meals.
9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...) No. We eat regular conventional foods.
10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"? Big meat eaters.
11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's? Only for weight loss purposes
12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"?


What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?

Most mornings we eat hot cereal or toast with eggs.Saturday, we had Boston baked beans - I started it on Friday night soaking, then added all the ingredients in the morning. Since I already had the bacon thawed for the beans, we had bacon with our eggs for breakfast.

Sunday I made a roast, yesterday we had roast beef sandwiches for lunch, and cottage pie (shepherd's pie, but with beef) for supper. We had leftovers so we had it for lunch and dinner today. We still have some roast beef left, so we will probably have barbecue beef sandwiches for lunch.Tomorrow I will cook chicken and serve roast chicken. Thursday we will have chicken salad for lunch and chicken fajitas for dinner. Friday, chicken pizza for dinner.
post #32 of 124
1.) How many people are eating?
Two adult-sized women (one is really a teen, but she's bigger than I am )

2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area?
Mid?


3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it?

Nope

4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others?
Nope.... but if anyone has any to offer, we'd gladly take it!

5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food?
Nope

6.) Do you shop with coupons?
Sometimes, but only rarely for food items. I mostly use coupons for toiletries.

7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends?
Nope


8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work?

Well, I pack them from home and bring them to school and eat them there... so does Rain...


9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...)

Well, we eat mostly veg but that's more of an economic thing...

10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"?

Average, maybe? We walk a lot, so I think we eat more than someone more sedentary..

11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's?
Nope, no rationing

12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"?
I generally include all the food items we buy, although not going out to eat... we go out maybe a couple of times a month, but I really see that more as entertainment than as food...

What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?

Hmm.... well, I usually make a few real meals and a lot of leftovers... so, within the last week I know I've made pizza (homemade crust, cheese from Costco, sauce from a Walgreens coupon deal, and topped with garlic and onions), a lentil-thing that didn't work out so well, Italian tempeh cubes, tostadas (canned beans from TJs, corn tortillas brushed with salt and lemon juice and baked for a few minutes, brown rice bought in bulk, cheese from Costco, avocados from Costco, yogurt from Costco), fried rice (rice, veggies, egg, tofu) with fried tofu (we get tofu very cheaply at the Asian market... with sales it's about $1 a pound)... that's what I remember. All of those had leftovers.

I also baked bread, and we had PB sandwiches (the PB was also a Walgreens coupon deal, but those are about the only two food things I get with coupons... but we're well-stocked with both), and we had some deviled eggs and hardboiled eggs for some lunches. Breakfast is often stuff like oatmeal or cereal from Aldi, or eggs with turkey bacon (Costco)... Rain made pancakes one morning, and we had leftover pancakes the next day... we did baked potatoes with cheese and broccoli for a couple lunches... oh, and one day we just roasted a whole bunch of asparagus, because it is the yummiest thing and it's cheapish this time of year. Snacks are popcorn, or apples, or bread with butter or cream cheese.

I don't remember what I ate yesterday, honestly.

I spend an average of about $40 - $50 a week, but it varies a lot... I think over the past two weeks I've spent less than $20 total, because we had gotten a lot of stuff on sale and we were using it up. I spent $100 the last time we went to Costco, though.

Dar
post #33 of 124
1.) How many people are eating? 5~ DH, me (breastfeeding an infant) , 2 preschoolers, 1 toddler

2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area? mid-high we're on the border of Northern VA

3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it? no

4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others? not yet

5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food? yes

6.) Do you shop with coupons? no

7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends? no

8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work? DH buys maybe 1 or 2 meals a month at work, he gets an allowance for them

9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...) we try to eat grassfed, pastured meats/ poultry/ dairy, whole foods, limited "conventional" foods, and LOCAL

10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"? DH and the toddler are big eaters, I'm not a big eater but don't eat like a bird either, 1 preschooler fluctuates b/w big eater and "normal", the other preschooler eats like a bird

11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's? I do ration food and juice sometimes b/c we buy in bulk and some family members would eat it all the 1st day, we allow 2nds and 3rds of meals, not snacks

12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"? I divide up our bulk beef into monthly amounts

What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?
Yesterday: B: oatmeal w/ sucanat and cinnamon, OJ for the kids, free trade coffee for DH and I
L: kids- ww pasta (the kiddos didn't want sauce on it), me- pb&j on a tortilla
D: chicken a la king over jasmine rice (I know, not local)

In a typical week for dinners I will roast a chicken and shoot for 3 meals out of it, or 2 and freeze leftovers, we eat local grassfed beef 1-2x/wk, and have at least 1 pasta based meal. I try to get at least 3 or 4 bean based meals in a month. For breakfasts we typically stick to oatmeal, muffins, scones, quick breads from scratch, eggs w/ bacon, pancakes or waffles from scratch. I make 90% of our breads. Lunch is leftovers or sandwiches.
post #34 of 124
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Originally Posted by Thystle View Post
Care to share a bit? I see soooo many posts about this.


(spin off from another thread)





1.) How many people are eating? 2 adults, most meals


2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area? mid/high


3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it? no


4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others? no


5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food? not really - sometimes chicken/ground beef

6.) Do you shop with coupons? occasionally, not often


7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends? no


8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work? yes, but we usually bring them from home - maybe once a week we buy lunch?

9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...) no


10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"? average - DH eats more and I eat less


11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's? not generally, although sometimes I will cook two meals' worth of something and set half aside before serving dinner..


12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"? n/a, we basically only buy regular groceries. I don't include the occasional dinner out - maybe 2x/month - but do include my $10/week starbucks habit and our 1x/week work lunches I don't keep a weekly budget or a strict monthly one, just calculate monthly averages.. 90% of our foodcome from one place so it's easy to track!








What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday? breakfasts - cereal, bagels, Clif bars, oatmeal, frozen waffles, cheese quesaillas. snacks - instant breakfast, babybel cheese, carrot sticks, granola bars, fruit. lunch - sandwiches, leftovers, fruit, veggies, soup. dinner - tacos, pasta, chicken, etc.

Yesterday I had cereal for breakfast and DH had cheese and an apple, I had a leftover piece of pizza and carrot sticks for lunch and DH had ramen noodles, I had instant breakfast and an apple for snacks and DH had a Clif bar, and we both had burritos (beef, beans, corn, rice, bell peppers, onions, cheese, avocado) for dinner.

Today I had a donut from starbucks for breakfast, leftover spaghetti from sunday for lunch, an apple for a snack and dinner is a casserole made with leftovers from last night's burritos. I dunno what DH had for breakfast/lunch.
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Sorry for the length.... thanks if you actually read it, let alone posted in it!



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see my answers above
post #35 of 124
1.) How many people are eating?
One adult and one toddler. DH is usually gone during meals but I'm accounting for what he spends too.

2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area?
Pretty high (but I shop in a military commissary so many things are cheaper)

3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it?
No

4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others?
No

5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food?
I freeze berries when we get them and leftovers like soup

6.) Do you shop with coupons?
Sometimes but most things I buy don't have coupons

7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends?
No

8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work?
I usually pack my lunch. DS eats breakfast and lunch at daycare.

9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...)
No

10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"?
We all have pretty hearty appetites

11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's?
Depends. I ration things like fruit and yogurt with DS or he would go through a week's worth in two days. I don't ration portions at meals.

12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"?
We don't belong to anything like this


What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?
Yesterday I had cereal for breakfast, leftovers for lunch, an orange for a snack, and white bean chili w/ french bread for dinner. I don't remember what DS ate at daycare but he had chili too for dinner.
post #36 of 124
1.) How many people are eating? 6 (4 kids, 2 adults)


2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area? I'm not sure. It says we're 5.59% Higher than the U.S. average. Whatever that means.


3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it? Yes. Though with a dairy allergy child its not so much help in that department.


4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others? No. But I'm attempting a garden this spring!


5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food? Nope. I don't usually have any to save.


6.) Do you shop with coupons? No. I don't usually find that they have coupons for the things I need, and I end up spending more if I try to utilize them. I also don't buy any newspapers.


7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends? Nope.


8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work? No school or work here.


9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...) My dd has a dairy allergy, so we do use some replacements.


10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"? Big eaters!!


11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's? Yes. Most nights there is just enough for all of us to have a decent plate. If there isn't, then I'll make a peanut butter sandwich for myself if I have to and let the kids eat.


12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"? We get food stamps and WIC. Other than that amount, we don't belong to any of the above or get help in any other way.

What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?

We all had cereal and milk (and soy milk) for breakfast. Two children ate breakfast at school.
For snack we had some toast and jam
Lunch was the night befores left over dinner. There was a small chicken piece that I split between the baby and my dd. Also some noodles. I only had noodles. My other two children ate lunch at school.
We had raw carrots and some dip for a snack
Dinner was pancakes from scratch, eggs, and bacon.
Dessert was Oreos. (cause they are easy to buy and dairy free)
post #37 of 124
1.) How many people are eating?
2 adults, 2 young kids, one third-trimester fetus

2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area?
Low, I think. Greenville, SC.

3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it?
no

4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others?
The peas and greens should be harvestable in about a month!

5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food?
This is our first gardening year, so we're looking forward to it!

6.) Do you shop with coupons?
No, but I tend to buy the brand/variety that's on sale.

7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends?
No

8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work?
I pack lunches 3x/week for preschool.

9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...)
DH goes through phases, but all his little fads can be indulged cheaply. We seek out TF foods where we can (raw milk, pastured eggs, free range meat), but aren't 100% on that.

10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"?
I think we take in a typical amount of calories per day.

11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's?

I ration and portion only to prevent waste. For example, the kids would start 5 apples each per day and leave them scattered half-finished all over the house if I didn't intervene. Otherwise, we all eat until we're full, as many meals/snacks a day as desired.

12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"?

I put $100 at a time into my Paypal account with the localharvest folks, and
I do count that in my total.


13. What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?

Typically, we eat eggs, oatmeal or waffles for breakfast. The kids have milk. For lunch, dh has microwaved stew that I make and freeze, and I eat what the kids are having (grilled cheese, mac-n-cheese, etc.) For dinner, pasta 3x/week and meat or casseroles with a veggie side the other days. Fresh fruit is consumed copiously throughout the day.

A lot of our choices are shaped by our attempts to keep junk out of the house while dh is trying to lose weight. The fewer boxes of processed food there are in my pantry, the better I feel.

I do like to buy dirt-cheap convenience foods like ramen and Wal-Mart brand mac-n-cheese, and eat them a few times per week. For me, if a food in my pantry is going to be nutritionally suspect, it must be financially sublime. I have a LOT more trouble enforcing that principle when tempted by drive-thru.
post #38 of 124
1.) How many people are eating?
2 adults, 3 kids

2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area?
low

3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it?
No

4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others?
Not at the moment

5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food?
no

6.) Do you shop with coupons?
no, use the store card to receive discounts though

7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends?
No

8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work?
I eat lunch about 10 days a month at school. Dds eat at school or babysitters. I was sending food for my two younger dds for breakfast and lunch at the sitters until I saw it all sitting in their kitchen uneaten:

9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...)
No

10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"?
dh is a big eater, but otherwise no

11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's?
yes and no. I make a certain amount and that's it. Snacking is not a free for all.

12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"?
don't do these


What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?
Yesterday I had a fiber one bar and banana for breakfast, salad at school for lunch, turkey kielbasa and fried potatoes with carrots for dinner. Oldest dd eats breakfast and lunch at school, younger dds eat a peanut butter sandwich (by choice!) almost every day for breakfast and they eat lunch at babysitter's house. I don't really know what dh eats for lunch. I know he does not eat breakfast.
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post #39 of 124
How many people are eating? 2 adults (1 pregnant so I eat more) and one todder who is eating more than i could ever imagine


2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area? Higher (Chicago)

3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it? No


4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others? we try but nothing will grow so no


5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food? We can freeze. Have a chest freezer in the basement


6.) Do you shop with coupons? No


7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends? No


8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work? Rarely. I try to bring lunch or include it in the grocery budget. DS eats lunch and snacks at daycare


9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...) No


10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"? DH is a huge eater. I am normal. DS is a huge eater for his age.


11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's? No, eat as much as you want/need


12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"?
It is added and part of our regular grocery budget.


What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday? Well Breakfast for me was a power bar and some fruit. DS usually have granola or cereal. DH has coffee and a grapefruit.
Lunch is leftovers or sandwiches. Dinner was
Pizza (homemade)
Orange Chicken with rice and broccoli
Meat Lasagna with tomato and cucumber salad
Tilapia with rice and beans and corn
Bean Burgers and fries
salsa chicken black beans, corn and rice
left overs

Our budget is $400 a month.
post #40 of 124
We spend about $600 a month for 6 of us but I thought I would answer anyway.


1.) How many people are eating? 6,
DH and I an 11 y/o, two 7 y/os and a 5 y/o

2.) Are you in a low/mid/high COL area? - probably mid

3.) Do you recieve WIC to supplement it? No

4.) Do you garden or get free produce from others? No - I wish I could garden - no space

5.) Do you can/dry/freeze/preserve food?
Yes I canned a lot last summer and will can so much more this summer.

6.) Do you shop with coupons? No.

7.) Do you have your own meat animals/hunt or get some from family or friends? No

8.) Do you eat some of your meals at school or work?
DH does. Kids are homeschooled so they eat with me.

9.) Are you on a special "diet" (Veg, allergies, lowcarb, TF, etc...)
Try medium to low carb.


10.) Are your family members big eaters or "eat like birds"?
Probably not big eaters yet but that may change.


11.) Do you "ration" food or portions? Not allows 2nd's and third's?
No

12.) When you post your $$$ spent on food, do you divide up any sides of meat or CSA's or co-ops you buy into monthly amounts? Or do you post a $$$ and then say "Oh and that does not inculde XYZ"?

I don't include cleaning or pet supplies. I make my own soap and cleaning supplies.

What does a typical week of eating look like for you? What did you eat yesterday?
Typical breakfasts for the kids and I - dh skips:
oatmeal with fruit (frozen, or grated apples),
homemade yogurt with fruit (often frozen) and homemade granola,
cheese with fruit and home baking,
eggs sometimes with veggies and in a tortillia
bagels with cheese and tomato.

Lunches: beans, homemade soups or chili, sandwiches (veggie), quick pasta w tomato sauce, marinated veggies and rice, leftovers. Lunch usually includes a mixed veggie tray.

Dinners: we don't eat red meat, only have pork occassionally and we don't eat much fish. We usually have 2 veggie dinners a week, and at least 2 that use meat as the "side" rather than the main attraction.
Here's the meal plan for this week which is pretty typical (a bit meat heavy this week - we'd usually have one less meat dish and one more casserole/veggie meal) and includes planned left overs for DH's lunch:
(I've put an estimated cost beside each dinner)
~ veggie stir fry on brown rice, $5
~ chicken enchilladas, $8
~ veggie pasta in a light cream sauce, baked apples for desert $7
~ turkey meatloaf, garlic potatoes wedges, sauted veggies, $7
~ roast pork (on sale) mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, spinach salad $10
(there is lots of pork left over so DH will get 2 lunches or I will make sandwiches for the kids)
~ roast chicken (on sale 2 small for $10), brown rice pilaf, steamed broccoli with diced red peppers $13
~ chicken soup (made from leftovers), spinach salad, biscuits $4
(I've frozen some stock from this as well)

Dinner averages about $7-8 so about $1 per serving.
Breakfasts and lunches and snacks usually cost me about $1.50- $2 per person per day - less for DH who doesn't eat breakfast or snacks.


Yesterday
Breakfast for kids and me: homemade yogurt, frozen berries, topped w homemade granola. $3- $4
Snack: orange slices, homemade hummus and crackers $2
Lunch: homemade tomato soup topped with grated cheese, homemade garlic biscuits, veggie tray w peppers, cherry tomatoes, sprouts, carrots, cucumber and snow peas, simple dip with spices and home made yogurt. $4
Snack: left over veggie tray, cheese, crackers and hummus, $1 for cheese and more crackers
Dinner: roast pork, mashed potatoes, frozen peas, spinach salad w grapefruit and orange slices $10 (my 1950's dinner )


hth
Karen
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