Originally Posted by whoamama
I have no idea how one could get by on 300 a month for a family. What do you eat?
I spent $300 for groceries this month for my family of 6. That did not include going out, which we did a few times (just because we wanted to
). But I did have food planned for the meals that we ate out. For me, making a menu is really important. I can't be frugal unless I know what we're going to eat. I'm not setting myself as the ultimate example of healthy or frugal eating, but here's what's on my menu this month:
Breakfasts: oatmeal or muffins during the week, cereal with milk on saturdays
Lunches: pasta salad, PB & J, grilled cheese, leftovers, tacos, enchiladas, mac & cheese with broccoli, hot dogs, taco casserole, sloppy joes, melt sandwiches.
Snacks (I plan both a morning and afternoon snack): flatbread with cinnamon sugar, carrots (with hummus), string cheese, muffins, popsicles (homemade with fruit juice), popcorn, apples, pears
Suppers: melt sandwiches, eggs & pancakes, sloppy joes, ranch beans, burgers, egg & cheese biscuit sandwich, pizza, hot dogs, spaghetti, soup & bread, lasagna, enchiladas, taco casserole, salsa burritos
Obviously many of these meals are repeated during the month. For lunches and suppers, I always serve veggies as a side dish- usually carrot sticks or mixed frozen veggies. Most of the time, I usually cut up a few apples for lunch too. I also often offer fresh salad from our garden. I make most everything from scratch. This month I made 9 dozen muffins (froze them, and pull out what I need for the next day). I also make all of our bread and tortillas from scratch. I haven't yet figured out how to make hamburger and hotdog buns that aren't as hard as a rock, so I buy those from the day old bread store. I just used up the last of the 25 lbs. of whole wheat flour that I bought this month- it wasn't quite enough, as we'll need more bread and tortillas for the weekend.
I am a vegetarian, and we eat mostly veggie at home. I did schedule a few non-veggie meals, nitrate free organic chicken hot dogs (twice) and bison burgers (twice). DH makes those on the grill for himself and the kids. We do eat mostly whole foods, and about 50% organic. But I stay away from processed and convenience foods. I do buy some canned goods- enchilada sauce, refried beans (they never taste as good when I try to make refried beans), pizza sauce.
Oh, and we usually drink water. This month I bought 2 gallons of milk and 2 gallons of calcium fortified orange juice. The milk was mostly for baking and cereal.