We need to decrease our food budget to ugh, pay bills L We have 2 adults and one picky 7 year old. DS is vegetarian and only eats a limited list of items so not much leeway there.
DH and I are (former veggies) meat eaters to lean towards TF. We’ve been on and off grain free for a year. DH has had ongoing health issues and just 2 weeks ago we went Gluten Free. We’ve bought some GF flour so occasional use and weeded a lot of processed foods out last week.
We are also in that season where we’ve eaten all the preserved food from last years garden and this garden has just been planted.
I am hoping for a $250 a month budget, with $125 for every two week pay check. I think we are in the $150-160 range now and it already feels as tight as it can get. That is why I am posting for advice J
Some dinners we currently eat:
Cauliflower, chicken and cheese casserole
Spaghetti squash, beef and marinara
Taco beef salad
Chicken veggie soup
Pork loins, grilled beets and onions
One issue seems to be we don’t have much leftovers. With just eating meat and veg – we eat most of it for dinner. I am thinking by adding cheaper carbs back in we can stretch the food more.
So far my ideas are:
Add 2 bean (no meat) meals in each week. Should I add more?
Add brown rice, some cornmeal/tortillas, quinoa other GF grains in. Is this worth the money?
Increase the potatoes. Need recipes J
Decrease/remove recipes that use spendy ingredients like mushrooms, coconut milk, bottled sauces and use cheese sparingly.
Be the food police….
Things like yogurt, cheese and fruit gets eaten in 3 days because suddenly everyone needs 2-3 servings a day. Then DH will just buy more.
Preportion out the lunch serving so not all the food gets eaten for dinner.
Plan ALL meals before shopping. That is usually 2 weeks worth.
Have only 1 person (me) do the shopping so there is not double buying, impulse spending. DH isn’t going to like this though L
We shop at a place called Winco which has the cheapest prices in town and a great bulk food section. We don’t normally do coupons, buy brand names or shop all over town.
I have a coworker with a CostCo card and it’s near our office for a lunchtime trip. I can get a large bag of chopped broccoli for $4 and 1 LB organic lettuce for $4. Seems like a good deal.
We need to avoid gluten and cannot afford much fancy GF products. So recipes cant have pasta, bread, canned soups, and many other processed items. I’ve been making our own condiments and ranch dressing. I also make our own chicken stock.
If you have frugal recipes or ideas for how I can cut the budget – please share J
Thanks so much!