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      We have 5 in our family too (as well as 2 dogs & a cat). Our food

      budget has been WAY out of control – well over $500 last month. This

      month has been much better, mainly because I’ve stopped going to the

      store!

      I’m making better use of the food that’s in my freezer (sirloin cut

      pork chops $1/lb, etc. when Albertson’s has their great sales) and

      only going to smaller stores for the rest of the stuff. I grab milk,

      bread, tortillas & oatmeal at Dollar General because it is less

      expensive than the convenience store but on my way home from work, and

      I’m not tempted to buy a bunch of other stuff just because it is

      there. I bought plums and oranges last Friday at a roadside stand

      (never done that before).

      Total this month, we’ve spent less between $50-75 on food for the family.

      Now, I don’t know what I’m going to do once I empty my freezer! 🙂

      Emily

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      Date: Wed, 9 May 2007 17:28:59 -0400

      From: Dj Evans-Rompen <djcooks@gmail.com>

      Reply-To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

      Subject: Re: Budget101.com : How can I feed a family of 5 on $300 budget

      To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

      > I am doing it now with a fam of 4 PLUS 3 dogs (70,60 and 20 lbs), a

      > cat a rat a parrot and a ferret. My 25 and 20 year olds moved out.

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      > 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.

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      > 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

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      > 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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