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      Hi Kat,

      I am a mom to 5 kids ages 8-13. Two are teens and

      they eat a LOT! We are on a tight budget, and I’ve

      managed to get our grocery bill down to $150 a week.

      I do it primarily using Aldi’s and Dollar

      General/Stroehmann’s Outlet as my backups.

      IF you have an Aldi’s near you, go to http://www.aldi.com.

      They have hundreds of really good recipes there that

      kids like! I printed out about 40 of them, then put

      them in plastic sleeves in a 3 ring binder. (I had

      this stuff on hand, left over from buying school

      supplies last fall.)

      Each week, I let each of the kids choose 1 or 2

      recipes from the book. Then I go to the Aldi’s site

      and checkmark the ones they chose. It prints out a

      shopping list for these items. After that, I go

      through the kitchen and cross anything off the list

      that I already have. We’ve liked all of the recipes,

      except we do find that sometimes you need to spice

      them up a bit more.

      Doing this has saved us a small fortune. Prior to

      doing this we spent $850-1000 a month on food.

      Once I have my list, I put an approximate dollar amt.

      next to each item. That way, if I go over I realize

      it early on in the shopping trip. Also, ALWAYS pay

      cash, don’t use your debit card. You will be so much

      more aware of how you are spending your money.

      If you don’t have an Aldi’s, maybe there is another

      type of discount store out there where you can do

      something similar.

      Good luck to you!

      — Kathy Bolen <kathy_bolen@yahoo.com> wrote:

      > I am a single mom with 2 kids and in the process of

      > finalizing my

      > divorce. I have weeks were I get paid and have weeks

      > were we are

      > Squeaking by on little to no money after all the

      > bills are paid. I

      > could use ideas and menus for having stuff on hand

      > to fix for those

      > weeks where I don’t have any extra cash to get

      > groceries. I would like

      > to see how ya’ll do it and what kinda of menus you

      > come with just from

      > pantry items. I could use all the help and ideas you

      > can sling my way.

      >

      > Thanks a bunch

      >

      > Kat in ga

      >

      >

      >

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