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      I am doing it now with a fam of 4PLUS 3 dogs (70,60 and 20 lbs), a cat a rat a parrot and a ferret. My 25 and 20 year olds moved out.

      The trick is to have a menu and stick to it as Monica sed. I use my crockpot a whole lot too. I also have a doe and buck (rabbits) who produce 6-10 babies for me for meat every 3 to 4 months.

      I make my own noodles, own bread and tortillas, and I freezer cook every month when I can. My kids eat homemad oatmeal cookies and popcorn as snacks as well as carrots and salad dressing for dip. We buy bulk ramen noodles and I make my own spice mixes and shake and bake.

      In the summer when its too hot to bake i go to the bread outlet (day olds) and get 2 for less than 1.

      I buy my milk at walmart cuz its 3.79 compared tp 5.29 in the stores (canada). You CAN do it but it takes a few months to get into the swing.

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      From: Monika B.
      To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 10:16 AM
      Subject: Re: Budget101.com : How can I feed a family of 5 on $300 budget

      I tell people all the time to go to hillbillyhousewife.com.
      You can feed your family for way less than $300 a month.
      Okay, so break it down to $75 a week.
      Go to the store only once a week. Make a menu for 1 week and see if
      you can stick to it. Shop only with a list. Allow for snacks, but
      make your own cakes and such.
      Whole fryers or chicken quarters are wonderful and cheap.
      You can take a whole chicken and cook it on the stove.
      Debone it, make a pot of chicken and dumplings ( kids love this)
      Take the leftovers and serve over mashed potatoes the next day with
      vegies and biscuits.

      You have fed your family of 5 for $8 for 2
      days!!
      Hot dogs: My kids love these cut in half and fried and served with
      scrambled eggs for breakfast and dinner.
      Beef roast: Make in crockpot with carrots and potatoes. The next
      day make a big pot of beef vegetable soup. Just use generic frozen
      vegies ( your favorites ) and some kind of bean.
      My kids beg for this.
      Chili, very cheap to make, add lots of kidney beans, my kids will
      eat this for 2-3 days.
      Breakfast for dinner 2 nights a week.

      Pancakes and french toast are
      a big hit here.
      Spaghetti, very cheap and filling and good for a couple of days.
      Brownie and cake mixes, generic, are cheap and better than store
      bought snack cakes anyway.
      A bag of generic popcorn is 99 cents and the kids love hot popcorn
      for a snack.
      After school snacks, jello with fruit, cake, brownies, a 33 cent
      box of mac-n-cheese, hot dog, grilled cheese, fried egg
      sandwich, fried bologna sandwich ( my son’s favorites)
      All of these are good for those summer lunches too.
      Oh, and in my area all the elementary schools have free lunches for
      kids 18 and under, I have one real close to me and my kids could
      have free lunch every day.

      They may be hungry later, but, hey it
      fills them up for a couple of hours and they get a healthy,
      balanced meal with milk and get to see their friends.
      Dollar tree: Don’t be fooled by their food choices, you can get
      cheaper at Wal-mart with generics!!
      Wal-mart has a baked goods rack by the milk with their day-old
      bakery items all marked down. Good for a treat for summer: Put
      cake, cookies, donuts etc in fridge for at least 2-3 hours, Make
      instant pudding and chill. Spoon pudding over bakery item.

      My kids
      beg for this 🙂
      Beans: Make in the crockpot and serve with cornbread, very
      filling, full of protein. Can make into soup or chili, bean dip
      or refried beans
      Fried Ramen, one of my family’s favorites.
      Brown celery and onion in some margerine, make your noodles, drain
      and fry in the margerine and celery and onion.
      Great side dish and sooo cheap.
      My kids love ramen noodle with hot dogs too.
      Hope this helped!
      Monika

      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Cindy Sue Cindysioux@…”
      wrote:
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      > Another suggestion. Our local food bank allows you to come and
      receive donations once a month. There are of course basic income
      restrictions but many local food banks have similar a practice.

      Not
      sure per say your particular situation or financial constraints but
      this may be an option to consider. Also local food banks in
      association with local thrift stores (second hand stores) offers up
      day old bread for a meager donation. This is usually done weekly or
      bi-weekly.

      You could mostly likely contact your local “community
      action team” or local resource center and I am certain they could
      point you in the right direction.
      >
      > COOLCATPANTHER wrote: Something else you
      might want to try. Not sure if you qualify for, or what
      > your feelings are on the subject though. Maybe you can see if your
      kids
      > qualify for free or reduced price lunches at school.

      Or see if you
      can get
      > food stamps. Maybe check out to see if there is a S.H.A.R.E. or an
      > Angelfood Ministry thing near you to help reduce the cost of food.
      >
      >
      >
      > Posted by: “mkroom4trble” mkroom4trble@…

      mkroom4trble
      > Date: Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:51 pm ((PDT))
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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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