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My girlfriend has been doing TF with me and as I learn things I pass them on to her. She is about 1/2 TF and I have been impressed with her changing and wanting to incorporate more.<br>
Well her boyfriend, who she lives, lost his job and they have two kids, one income and have to cut their grocery bill WAAAAAY back. They don't qualify for food stamps either, so.<br><br>
She is going to start shopping at Wal-mart and was asking me what she prioritze on her grocery list if that's where she is going to shopping.<br><br>
What would you buy if you had to shop Wal-mart for food and only had $100?!?!?!?
 

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I'm interested to see other replies. I live on the CA Central Coast and trya s I might I can't get my grocery bill under $150 - and thats for two people, my five month old doesn't eat yet.<br>
When I lived in the midwest our Walmart had organic butter and organic plain yogurt. I'd say those would be two things.<br>
Does she have a source for raw milk?
 

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she has to let her raw milk go because she literally only has $100/week right now and her milk share is an hour and half away plus it costs $60/mos so the gas combined with the monthly price is too much. She said they could go dairy free if they needed to.
 

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I would buy their wild salmon--$4 for 4 fillets--you can't get a better price than that. (I *do* buy that b/c of the price, and hope that it's ok!!!)<br><br>
Peanuts, beans, rice...not sure what else they have--I've not frequented a super walmart often--although my current one does have the salmon in the freezer section.<br><br>
If you have a price right nearby, they have amazing prices on Nature's Range beef which (some of us) think is grass fed. Not certain on this though...<br><br>
I would also strongly urge her to check out farmer's markets (if you have any nearby)--if she's got cash, she can get a lot of produce for very little (depending on the market), esp. if she goes late. My local 'public market' is open all year round, and has amazing prices on all sorts of food and other goods...<br><br>
KerryAnn of the <a href="http://www.tfrecipes.com/forum/" target="_blank">cooking traditional foods forum</a> has a thread on her site about spending 120ish dollars a month on food for a family of 4? (I think it's even linked in her MDC signature--so if you see a post by her, you can get to it from there.) That would be worth looking at...<br><br>
ETA: Oh--I thought I read $100 a month--$100 a week? That's a big difference! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> If you search the archives there have been a couple of recent threads about eating TF on a food stamp budget--might have helpful ideas.<br><br>
I don't know if a farmer's market of some sort is an option, but I forgot to add that I get amazing (real) free range eggs for $1.50-2.00 a dozen at my local market as well. I usually go there w/ a/b $20 and get all of my produce for the week (most of it local and in season and super cheap) and 3 dozen eggs, plus sometimes raw (local) honey and grass fed beef (or at least bones!) Finding this great farmer's market has saved me TONS of money and seriously increased the quality of our food...
 

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If her kids are under 5, she can qualify for WIC.
 

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She probably wouldn't be getting organic produce but if she's having to cut back and doesn't have any other sources... She could get cabbage to make sauerkraut, and they probably have cage-free eggs (which to me aren't much better than regular eggs, but some people think they are), butter, cheese. Dried beans, rice, nuts. Everyone is starting to go more organic, even Walmart, so she might be surprised at what she can find there if she looks hard. If she does a menu plan, she may be able to figure out some places to save, freeing up more for some things.
 

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I would say, get a copy of the best and worst non-organic offenders, and keep it in her purse when shopping. If organic of the worst offenders is too expensive, then find another produce item instead.<br>
Also, lots of cheap veggies like cabbage (coleslaw, cabbage salad, cabbage stir fry, sourkraut), onions, carrots, celery, the basics, are usually very cheap.<br>
If she has the money (sounds like she doesn't), she might be able to contact a local farm and get a big box of "seconds" or soup veggies or a bumper crop, but you might have to buy somewhat in bulk. (chickens come in seconds too, they are chickens that got mangled a bit after death in the processing but usually are pretty good (sometimes missing wings or otherwise slightly mangled) I don't think you can get induviduals of those though...)<br><br>
With meat, and dairy and eggs, the best you can do. (Though if she can't find regular temp pastuerized milk, I'd personally ditch it. homogenized, I'd handle for a while, if I knew I could go back to the other later. hormone free is another must.) Find out which local brands of butter are best, and do what you can there. Get coupons (there are often dairy coupons here). if worst comes to worst, the worst butter is still good for you if it doesn't have dyes. Eggs, I would get flax seed fed or organic ones, if I didn't know anyone who raised chickens for eggs. Are there folks with backyard chickens, or a small farm with chickens?<br>
whole milk yogurt with live cultures (you can also let yogurt with live cultures sit out an extra 12 hours to make it more strongly probiotic, apparently most places are only allowed to let it culture 8 hours.) and no sweetners, whatevers cheapest and on sale (or make it yourself).<br><br>
Meat wise, its a toughie. I'd definitely say hormone and anti-biotic free, and then whatever she can do, the best she can.<br><br>
Honestly, I'd say 100 dollars a week, with good menu planning, isn't that tight, and can totally be done. We have 100 dollars a week for two of us (I know its different) but I'd say we eat very well off it, including all pastured red meat, and pastured eggs. Now, we don't eat a LOT of meat or eggs, and are lucky to have a great produce place, but we live in an extremely high COL area. I'm sure that with some menu planning and foresight, she will be able to feed her family fairly TF. And if worst comes to worst, remember that half of TF is in the preparation.
 

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I would look into other stores for stuff, I compared the items I buy with a friend who says WM is <b>sooooooo</b> cheap and I beat her!<br><br>
Local stores might do far better and also shopping at ethnic markets as well.<br><br>
My local chain grocery store sells lots of organic stuff and the local health food store always is dishing out coupons, I get them there and get double off at the chain grocery-WM doesn't do that for me, same goes for non-food items, I do far better at the grocery store. My local grocery store offers on-line coupons, many for organics too. throw in promotions they offer and in the long run I save a ton more NOT going to WM.
 

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Our walmart has decent chickens @$1.50lb. They also have natural pb, organic rice, beans, canned tomatoes and other staples like that. The coconut milk is cheap and it's a good brand. They have some bagged organic produce like apples or oranges, but I am starting to find a lot of local produce there as well.<br>
I have never seen organic dairy products(other than yobaby) but they do have cage free/organic eggs. She could ferment the milk into yogurt/kefir to give it some health benefits.<br>
I've had to do a lot of shopping at Walmart since moving to this town and have still been able to eat mostly TF(not organic though). Just go for the staples and cook from scratch--IMO this is the way to go when shopping at this kind of store
 

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Thanks for all the responses, I will pass everything on to her!<br><br>
I went to the Walmart to look around and really see what they had and discovered pretty good chickens like a p said. My friend doesn't do PB, but Walmart did have a few choices in that department.<br><br>
Where she lives is not very progressive with the backyard chickens or anything, plus they are not allowed in city limits either. The FM does not sell the either. They do have good prices on veg. so she will try and get as much as she can there as well as seafood which is cheap and plentiful where she lives.<br><br>
She is going to splurge on the raw cheeses from WF.<br><br>
So I think it will be ok.
 
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