Ladies I need help!

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Registered: 01-07-2007
Ladies I need help!
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Tue, 03-03-2009 - 11:43pm

Right now we are a family of 3 (until june 1st when my stepsons come visit then we are a family of 5). I REALLY need to embrase this frugal thing HEAD ON...I'm pretty good about everything except - groceries. I just don't understand what I'm doing wrong and how in the world people spedn 50 bucks a week to feed a family of 6, feed them healthy food that is.

I'm a wee bit picky about what gets eaten in my house. We like meat, fresh fruits and veggies. We aren't much for frozen stuff or boxed stuff. (I maybe buy some rice a roni or parmasean or alfredo noodles only b/c I dunno how to make them otherwise). I also do NOT like making enough food to freeze, I don't like the way it taste the second time.

I also like to cook breastfast, lunch and dinner b/c I love a nice meal 3 times a day (and I have cystic fibrosis and need LOTS of cals)

I just don't know how to cut my grocery bill. I'm trying to clip coupons but I can't really find many for foods I actually eat. Also we only have the commisary or walmart to shop at. (possible a market basket Im looking into it)

I just need to know the secret????

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Registered: 04-06-2003
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 12:19am

Here's how I do it:


I plan by the sales, and I shop extra up front.

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Registered: 04-27-2005
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 2:48am

You can also cut down your grocery budget by...


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Registered: 01-07-2007
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 9:23am

I'm so sorry I thought I included it.

I believe we spend around $250-300 every 2 weeks. (this includes cleaning supplies, dog food, cat stuff, diapers and wipes)

I really like your idea of buying whats on sale in reguards to the meat...the problem - when you buy chicken b/c its on sale...do you just eat chicken until you get a variety? Or do you just have to spend a little more at one time?

What about making a list of the things for your pantry? I;ve heard alot of people do things like this?

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Registered: 03-27-2005
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 10:30am

What about making a list of the things for your pantry? I;ve heard alot of people do things like this?


I personally found that we spend far less if I only buy what I will actually be using that week.

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Registered: 01-07-2007
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 11:27am

Here would be my dinner menu for the week

Roast w/ potatoes and carrots

Stew meat w/ rice & gravy

Chicken Fried Steak w/ mashed potatoes, corn, and biscuits

Beef Veggie Soup w/ corn bread

Grilled chicken, parmasean noodles, and a green giant broccolli carrot mix (I can find these for $1 at the comm and they were on sale for 75 cents so im using what i have left)

porkchops w/ cream of mushroom & potatoes

steak w/ baked sweet potatoes and brocolli

DH already feels like he doesn't ever get to do anything with his money so he atleast wants his meat. We also spend more b/c all 3 of us eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner here - and I like to cook all of them.

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Registered: 03-27-2005
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 12:37pm

We also spend more b/c all 3 of us eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner here - and I like to cook all of them.


I also cook all three meals for my family.

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Registered: 01-07-2007
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 2:32pm

Well financially we are fine now - I just worry how things will be with 5 people to feed.

Another concern about decreasing meat is that I have cystic fibrosis and I HAVE to have it...I barely eat enough cals now to support breastfeeding and should really double it to support my weight but ya know you can only eat so much in one day.

I already buy side snacks for me (like cereal for a before bed snack, and some junk food for those random cals i need) So I don't think I could eat meat in front of everyone else.

I HAVE been thinking of maybe reducing everyones meat portions by 1/2 - so that they are still getting some but its just a smaller portion.

I've been trying to introduce more meatless meals but so far they are not met with much approval. I would also like to add beans into our diet...but dunno any easy cheap good recipes.

We will be getting WIC soon so anyway to incorporate those items is awesome!

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Registered: 07-06-2006
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 2:42pm

I basically do what everyone else has suggested but I'm right there with you on DH wanting his meat. When he was growing up meat was pretty scarce, they really only served when company was coming over. So now he wants his meat! He also loves soup but as a starter not as a meal, what a pitb sometimes. I've found though that I can take leftovers and use them in soups either the next day or freeze them in small portions for later use (I hate throwing away that last half a cup of peas but how else will anyone eat them otherwise, I do the same with rice).

There are five of us in the house and my two girls eat like growing teens sometimes (ages 7 & 9) so a pound of hamburger meat doesn't always go very far so if I can get away with it I will add rice or beans to the meat to help stretch it a little farther.

I also feel you on not having a lot of shopping choices. We just moved to southern CA from Northern NV. Where we were before my choices were very limited and produce would only have good prices in summer. I didn't understand how people would use small grocery budgets and still end up with a ton of fresh produce. I've been blown away since moving at some of these prices! For example before I never bought red or orange bell peppers they usually ranged in price from .99 each to $1.69 each. I found a store down here that sells them 3 for .99!

I'm really excited because I found tomatillos on sale 5lbs for .99 so I'm going to make my own tomatillo sauce (first time ever!) which will then cook in the crock pot with a pork roast for dinner tomorrow. The left over pork will then be shredded and turned into taquitos for DH's lunch the next day. My family hates leftovers but I've found that I can help my budget by turning them into a completely different meal. Oh and check to see if you have any ethnic stores or a hispanic grocery store, I'm finding they have the best prices on produce, certain meat cuts and spices.

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Registered: 06-30-2003
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 5:10pm

There are some great suggestions here, to get started.

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Registered: 04-06-2003
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 5:39pm

Ok, everyone has parameters in which they are willing and able to work.

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