How can I feed a family of 5 on $300 budget?

Can anyone suggest on how I can manage this? I have 300 to spend on grocery every month but I can't seem to make it last. Thanks.

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  1. #1
    mkroom4trble
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    Default How can I feed a family of 5 on $300 budget?

    Can anyone suggest on how I can manage this? I have 300 to spend on

    grocery every month but I can't seem to make it last. Thanks.








  2. #2
    herberkids3
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    Default How can I feed a family of 5 on $300 budget?

    I feed a family of 5 on about that, sometimes less. Now that the

    kids are growing, it's getting harder to do. We have a pre-teen, and

    two elementry school kids here, so it's getting tough!



    Anyway, here's what we do:



    Eat less carbs, and more proteins- they keep you full longer, so you

    ae less likely to want to eat again an hour later, or to eat more at

    each meal.



    Shop loss leaders- the cheap sale items that fill the ad's each

    week. Plan your meals around what you can get cheapest. Only buy

    meats that are on sale, and buy enough for several meals. Stick some

    in the freezer, and use some up quickly. Do this each week to have a

    nice variety of meats on hand.



    Make filling meals with cheap items- casseroles are great for this.

    Add a meat, a cheese, a carb, and a veggie or two, and you have a

    tasty casserole that feeds the family with some left overs.



    Clip and use coupons. If you eat spaghetti once a week, and a jar of

    sauce costs $2 normally, let's say it goes on sale for $1.50, and

    you have a coupon for $.50 off. Suddenly, you saved 50% so you can

    afford to get 2 jars at the same cost. Even better if your store

    doubles coupons- you can get 4 jars for the same cost.



    Stock up on items that you eat more often when it's cheaper, to

    avoid paying more the next week. If you know you eat canned veggies

    3 times a week, and this week they are on sale 4/$1 instead of 3/$1,

    spend $.50 more to cover an extra week of veggies.



    Another thing- if it's fresh, it's better for you! Start shopping

    farmers markets, and getting fresh items at the store. It's

    healthier, and can often be pretty cheap!



    Make fillers & side dishes up that are inexpensive when you lack the

    extra money for expensive meats and what not for main dishes.



    Buy generic, but don't assume generic will always be cheaper. Items

    on sale are often the same price or cheaper than generic. Add a

    coupon, and it's a LOT cheaper than generic.



    Don't be a slave to a brand name. Try the generics if it is cheaper.

    More often than not, generic tastes exactly the same (or sometimes

    even better!) than the brand names.



    Lastly- plant a garden. Even if it's a few tomato plants, and a few

    stalks of corn. The seeds are MUCH cheaper than the end product, so

    you'll have a lot of "free" food once it starts to grow in.



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    wrote:

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    > Can anyone suggest on how I can manage this? I have 300 to spend

    on

    > grocery every month but I can't seem to make it last. Thanks.

    >










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    Ann James
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    Default How can I feed a family of 5 on $300 budget?

    Thanks so much I will do this when I shop tomorrow. I

    have started a garden. The soil here is mixed with

    sand I may have to redo it before long. Mys kids are

    about the same here too. Thanks again.

    --- herberkids3 <herberkids3@yahoo.com> wrote:



    > I feed a family of 5 on about that, sometimes less.

    > Now that the

    > kids are growing, it's getting harder to do. We have

    > a pre-teen, and

    > two elementry school kids here, so it's getting

    > tough!

    >

    > Anyway, here's what we do:






  4. #4
    Ann James
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    Default How can I feed a family of 5 on $300 budget?

    Thanks so much I will do this when I shop tomorrow. I

    have started a garden. The soil here is mixed with

    sand I may have to redo it before long. Mys kids are

    about the same here too. Thanks again.

    --- herberkids3 <herberkids3@yahoo.com> wrote:



    > I feed a family of 5 on about that, sometimes less.

    > Now that the

    > kids are growing, it's getting harder to do. We have

    > a pre-teen, and

    > two elementry school kids here, so it's getting

    > tough!

    >

    > Anyway, here's what we do:






  5. #5
    Dorothy Columbro
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    Default How can I feed a family of 5 on $300 budget?

    Hi, I went through this when my kids were all home....I shopped Sales, Planned

    Meals

    ahead...I devided the money in half and shopped the 1st of the month and the

    middle.

    sometimes buying 2 weeks at a time you can buy larger quanities less often...

    I also got there early when meat & Produce is marked down or ask the produce man

    & meat man when he marks things downl.... and I always found scratch cooking is

    less money;.....

    Have a very blessed day.....



    herberkids3 <herberkids3@yahoo.com> wrote:

    I feed a family of 5 on about that, sometimes less. Now that the

    kids are growing, it's getting harder to do. We have a pre-teen, and

    two elementry school kids here, so it's getting tough!



    Anyway, here's what we do:








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    Carrie
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    Default How can I feed a family of 5 on $300 budget?

    Something that is really helping my budget is beans. They are very healthy and filling. I make baked beans, vegetarian chili, refried beans for meatless tacos and rice and beans. I use lentils to make soups.
    As often as I can I make my own breads and rolls. I try and fill out a meal by having bread with it. For spaghetti I make my own french loaves and turn them into garlic bread. I make yorkshire pudding whenever I cook anything in the oven (not just beef).
    I find frozen vegetables taste much better than canned and are a very good price. I steam them in the microwave and they come out similar to fresh. I often have extra raw carrots and homemade dip to fill out a meal. Carrots are always a good price.
    To stretch meats I make a lot of casseroles and meat pies. Something like a stroganoff with lots of noodles and a side of vegetables stretches a small amout of meat a long way. Soups made from leftover chicken or beef and lots of vegetables is another
    way to stretch meat. I try and buy my meat on sale. When it is on sale I will stock up and freeze it.
    I do not buy too many package foods. I do not buy individual puddings, fruit snacks, cheese strings or baggies of chips. Lunches are sandwiches, soups, salads, macaroni and cheese, cheese and crackers and fruit. I rarely buy cookies. I often buy cake mixes on sale and make plain cakes without icing for lunch snacks. I very seldom buy chips, we make a lot of popcorn for a crunchy snack (made in a pot, not microwave).
    Carrie

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    marie selders
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    Default How can I feed a family of 5 on $300 budget?

    Great advice, herberkids3! We focus on beans, rice, and pasta (so more carbs)

    with meat used as seasoning/side dish. For example, red beans and rice ( w/ a

    small amount of sausage thrown in) with corn bread. Pasta with meat sauce.

    Vegetable fried rice (w/ egg scramble up in it). And casseroles, casseroles,

    casseroles. We also get our protein from tofu. I can get a box of tofu for less

    than a dollar and use it to make mushroom tofu stroganoff or tofu scramble or as

    a base for 'creamy' soups.



    herberkids3 <herberkids3@yahoo.com> wrote: I feed a family of 5 on

    about that, sometimes less. Now that the

    kids are growing, it's getting harder to do. We have a pre-teen, and

    two elementry school kids here, so it's getting tough!



    Anyway, here's what we do:






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    Cindy Sue Cindysioux@yahoo.com
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    Default How can I feed a family of 5 on $300 budget?

    Sounds like you work hard to round out your families meals, how about some recipes? and just what is Yorkshire pudding?

    Carrie <graycern@yahoo.ca> wrote: Something that is really helping my budget is beans. They are very healthy and filling. I make baked beans, vegetarian chili, refried beans for meatless tacos and rice and beans. I use lentils to make soups.
    As often as I can I make my own breads and rolls. I try and fill out a meal by having bread with it. For spaghetti I make my own french loaves and turn them into garlic bread. I make yorkshire pudding whenever I cook anything in the oven (not just beef).
    I find frozen vegetables taste much better than canned and are a very good price. I steam them in the microwave and they come out similar to fresh. I often have extra raw carrots and homemade dip to fill out a meal. Carrots
    are always a good price.
    To stretch meats I make a lot of casseroles and meat pies. Something like a stroganoff with lots of noodles and a side of vegetables stretches a small amout of meat a long way. Soups made from leftover chicken or beef and lots of vegetables is another way to stretch meat. I try and buy my meat on sale. When it is on sale I will stock up and freeze it.
    I do not buy too many package foods. I do not buy individual puddings, fruit snacks, cheese strings or baggies of chips. Lunches are sandwiches, soups, salads, macaroni and cheese, cheese and crackers and fruit. I rarely buy cookies. I often buy cake mixes on sale and make plain cakes without icing for lunch snacks. I very seldom buy chips, we make a lot of popcorn for a crunchy snack (made in a pot, not microwave).
    Carrie

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