Our grocery budget was unexpectedly slashed by about $500, so for a family of 7 (and I am due with #6 in 3-6 weeks), we have about 375 to alot for the month. I want to spend as little as possible so that I can replenish the pantry. I have some...but not a ton. The month before the cut I had donated a lot of things in a local food drive, thinking we had plenty to do a pantry rotation.
Everything happens for a reason though.. sooo The following is what we have done this month. I have managed to keep spending down to 50-75 dollars..this includes fresh fruits and veggies, bread for the month from the discount bread store, (which does carry whole wheat, HFCS free options and has a BOGO day on Tuesdays).
We have WIC and that does help quite a bit with the new food package additions of whole grains, fruits and veggies, etc. I save the cereal for days where we are really, really rushed and have been making huge batches of pancakes and waffles for breakfasts; it really fills the tummies up and the kids feel pampered. I will alternate scrambled or fried eggs with fried potatoes a morning or two, sometimes a big pot of oatmeal, etc.
I make huge pots of lentil vegetable stew that last for a week of lunches. Lunch is either lentil stew or a sandwhich.
Snacks are a piece of fruit and homemade cookies.
Dinners have varied with the contents of the pantry and freezer.
We haven't really felt it too much yet but I have had to plan very, very carefully. I am worried about having the money to restock my pantry as we need to replenish it but trying to take it day by day and be creative.