We have a budget of 100 on a good week. We usually spend about 75 at most a week.
Their is dh, me, ds(3.5) and dd(17m)...and honestly they are ALL big eaters. We're vegetarian eat no dairy...only animal products are honey and eggs(for them..i hate eggs)
We buy our eggs by the flat and between baking and eating we go through a flat a week
We can get a flat for about $5.00 from a local free range farm or we can buy a dozen organic free range from the grocery store for $7..no contest there
I buy flour in 22lb bags. And bake pancakes, muffins, ect all from scratch, no mixes.
I buy potatoes in 10lb bags when I CANT get them in 50lb bags..yup I buy 50lbs of potatoes at the Farmers Market for $15.
I stalk up on fruit when its in season-ie pick apples, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. I freeze them, make apple sauce and dehydrate them. We're just getting to the end of our dried fruit from last season. I rehydrate and make blueberry or apple pancakes, muffins, ect.
I buy certain things off of the "cheap" stand at the grocery store(the soft fruit ect stand)..I've got romaine lettuce i the fridge I bought at 50% off 2 weeks ago and its still great.
We eat SOMETHING raw at every meal..usually whatevers on sale/in season
I buy huge amounts of hemp seeds from a local farm. Freeze them and add them to muffins, pancakes, on top of pasta ect for a great sauce of protein
We dont buy processed foods like fake meat, frozen french fries ect. We dont use paper towels. I use a diva cup. All saves money
A quick sample menu
ds gets an apple as soon as he wakes up giving the rest of the fam 5 min
-homemade oatmeal w reydrated dried fruit(apples, raspberries, blueberries) and pumpkin or sunflower seeds, a little maple syrup from our tapped trees
-ww pancakes from scratch-same idea-dried fruit, seeds or nuts
-homemade muffins-using whatever fruit that might have been cheap on the sales racks or if M-I-L gives me soft bananas ect and always a protein source in the muffin-hemp seeds usually
-and a piece of fruit split between them
-leftovers frm the night before
soup made with leftover noodle, frozen veg, leftover beans from another night
-scrambled eggs, roasted breakfast potatoes
-raw veggies of some sort-carrot sticks, cuke, broccoli
-usually whatever is leftover from the a.m.-carrot sticks, leftover eggs ect
-last night-pinto bean soup with masa flour dumplings
w olives corn on top and sliced raw veg
-pasta w whatever veg is in season and cheap w tofu or hemp seeds
homemade alphabet vegetable soup-ds's fave
And on sats when both dh and I work until dinner its something in the slowcooker so we wont be tempted by takeout
I think Sun we spent 60 at the grocery store. We'll have to get soy milk this week and we'll hit the farmers market fri since its the first week its open at most well spend 40 next week So we'll spend about 100-120 every two weeks