Originally Posted by TRIBE
Congrats Adamsmama! Can I ask what you are cooking/eating on $75 a week? I can get mine to about $95 a week (but I do have 7 in the family) and I'd love to get it lower. I have a feeling it will go higher this winter when the farmers market closes though
Well---we stocked up on some food at Costco which was $135. He bought a huge thing of lunch meat, 2 pack of Sara-Lee bread, cereal, eggs, milk, hotdogs (I know -- not the most healthy, but cheap), hot dog buns (super cheap at Costco!), frozen potatoe wedges, cheese, frozen breaded chicken and frozen pizzas (these were for cheap, quick meals--so no more temptation to eat out if I couldn't cook a full dinner, etc.) We also bought diapers and wipes at Costco (we do cloth/sposies parttime on my two preschoolers -- 2.5yr and 4.5 -- my oldest is SN/possibly autistic and is having a lot of trouble using the potty).
At the grocery store I buy canned tomatoes to make homemade pasta sauce, a lot of pasta (it was on sale this week), 3 packs of meat (ground turkey (2), roast), some frozen and some fresh veggies, a bunch of fresh fruit, gallon of milk, orange juice (on sale), oatmeal, flour, yeast (to make homemade bread incase we run out), ricatta cheese, yogurt ...
We don't buy soda or juice. My two preschoolers eat a lot of grilled cheese, fresh fruit, and eggs. (They are extremely picky eaters--but they don't eat fully meals, usually with us, so leftovers go a long way). My third is only 4 months is bf.
I try to keep my freezer stocked with meat that was on sale (even things like chicken cordn blue -- sometimes b1g1 deals are really great prices and it doesn't take long to bake and throw in some baked potatoes, etc. I've been shopping the sales and trying to keep within a price limit at the same time.