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      I’ve been watching this thread because we have a family of 5 too.

      My food expense for awhile was around $650. With a little effort I

      got it down to around $500 and now I’m working to get it even

      lower! I did realize I was always making too much for our

      dinners, and noone likes leftovers so things were thrown away

      alot. I buy the chicken breasts and tenders in the bags. I think

      its much cheaper this way. I make lots of chicken salads for my

      husband and I with the tenders, and give the kids some tenders too.

      Its a very inexpensive meal. I’m going to keep watching for more

      tips!

      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, mtmay@… wrote:

      >

      > 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

      >

      >
      .
      Message from djcooks@…
      .

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

      > From: Dj Evans-Rompen

      > 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.

      > >

      > > 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.

      > >

      > > -:¦:-..· ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸¸.·´¨

      > > (¨`·.·´¨)

      > > `·.¸.· dj -:¦:- ¸¸.·´¨

      > > ((¸¸.·´¨ ..·´ -:¦:- ¸¸.·´¨

      > > -:¦:- ((¸¸.·´*

      > >
      .
      Original Message
      .

      > > 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:

      > > >

      > > > 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))

      > > >

      > > > 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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