adults kids ranging b/w 1 & 11years) and already feed everyone a whole foods/ paleo diet on about $500 a month. According to the food stamp calculator we could receive $650 a month.
Where do you live? Do you grow your own food? How do you do it?
Created an instant family (7/89 and 5/91) in 1997. Made a baby boy 12/05 adopted a baby girl 8/08. Ask me about tandem adoptive nursing. Now living as gluten, dairy, cane sugar, and tomato free vegetarians. Homeschooling and loving it.
buy a big bag of rice big as you can afford as it's not usually covered by food stamps and pair it into other dishes to stretch it out if you need to you can do it with food pantry help my mother fed 3 littles and my dad and her on a food stamps budget or just under it if your just above the income cap it's basically less for years rice, beans buying things when they got on sale and cheap enough for her to afford fresh fruit other than 49 cent banana's was a luxury but it can be done.
My biggest money saver is shopping at Super King (http://skmarkets.com/). I believe these markets are only in Southern Cali, but there are probably markets like it in other areas, too. It is very cheap but has good quality food. You can get a full shopping cart filled with fruit, veggies, bread, meat, trail mix, yogurt, milk, butter, rice, beans, pretty much everything your heart desires for under $200! It almost feels like i'm stealing . We have so much food after that that we dont need to go to the store again for two and a half to three weeks. Its so awesome. The only downside is its like visiting a third world country because its filled almost shoulder to shoulder with mostly poor people (i know that sounds kind of rude but i dont know how else to describe it). Oh well, small price to pay for the huge discount you get. I would look into finding a good discount store wherever you are located, they've gotta be out there. Some are ghetto, some are nice, just do your research.
Our weekly budget just went up to the USDA thrifty plan. I was feeling guilty about spending so much but we're healthier with way less grains and beans and cheese, more meat and veg and oils. I am learning to stock up on sales better and inch it back down though. Also fishing and wildharvesting. Hard to imagine they think it's a minimum, to me it's luxury. But not one I'm willing to give up. In fact I'd like to stock up further ahead just in case (say groceries couldn't get stocked due to weather or DH lost his job but the severance didn't get paid or who knows what).
$668 is what my family of 4 could max out at. We typically spend $500-700 a month on groceries now this doesn't include eating out which we as a family typically do 2x a month.
Edit. We also stock up our pantry up and I am not a coupon queen.
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