I did not check a single sales paper nor use a single coupon. I split the amounts she listed because I wanted to just buy for two weeks rather than a month and my total came out to just That drops us down from spending almost To the author: Thank you!!!!! You have helped me understand food budgeting much better and look forward to the rest of your blog.
Grand total = $237.17
Question: Do you shop only 1 time per month? If not, how often? Thanks for posting a reply! That is great to know, I might try to do it every two weeks, as our closest Aldi is about 35 min drive away. Thank you for posting this! We live on a tight budget, and finding other moms meal plan ideas is always SO helpful!!! I love your budget! I have been trying several different scenarios on a food budget, all of which are driving me nuts! We cook fresh and pack lunches for school and love to eat breakfast! I must start going back to Aldi.
Anyway couple things I do. I make homemade sandwich bread, cornbread, and pizza dough! All off which can be frozen and stored until needed. I try to buy up whole turkeys during the winter as much as possible when they are. Yes, please!! Meals, casseroles, lunch meat, soup…mmm. I read on a different site that you avoid processed foods but yet noticed that you buy an Aldi take and bake pizza, which in reality is a processed food.
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Did I misunderstand that? Hi Lisa, I try to avoid most processed foods, but, as I say in this post, I do make exceptions. I have neither the budget, nor the time with 5 small kids to eat all whole foods. We do eat Aldi pizza, also the occasional box of mac and cheese, graham crackers, saltines, etc. Good luck!
How annoying is a comment like that? But, you handle it like a pro! Hey there!! I just read through this and it will help my family very much.
I have 7 children, 3 teens, 2 elementry boys one eats like his oldest teen brother , a kindergartner, and a 2 yr old. Then there is my hubby and myself. We also homeschool so we are home for all our meals. But I am going to use your menu and see how prices pan out when you add more people to the crew.
I love hillbilly housewife. I also looked at your summer menu! Hoping I can make it work!! How refreshing to stumble across this well written article! Thank you for sharing! At the local grocery store, its possible if u buy the sales and bulk up— and generic of everything. Hi there! I love this post! Thank you so much for being a blessing to many and helping others out! I surprisingly have found the food prices almost exactly the same in all 3 cities! Your family is a delight. Ok just gotta say, you are so cool. Not only am I not a great cook, but I love that second bit. For people dropping by, or facebook friends or blog readers or anything.
With a four year old, a two year old and a baby on the way…bless their souls. But I do enjoy getting inspired from other people online, who seem to have living frugally down pat!
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You have given me inspiration. I am alone now and on a very strict budget and if you can do it for 7 I can really tackle this for one! I am very happy to have found this post!
Very excited. We have always been broke, and lived robbing peter to pay paul, but now starting in January, it will be far worse, as I have lost my job. So I am just all excited about this post! I am writing because I wanted to ask you if you have recipes for the salmon croquettes, and the lentil drop soup. They sound good to me, but I have no idea how to make them. Hi again!
Found your earlier comment about where to find the soup recipe! What recipe do you use for the banana muffin? You have inspired me to try to save money so we can help our daughter with college tuition. I drove an hour away today to ship at aldi so I could replicate your plan. I do have a few questions though. We did this as a 2 week plan to test it out so halved all the grocery items. For 2 weeks you have 3 dozen eggs. Same question for the fruit.
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There should be bananas used for just plain eating for about 6 meals, plus bananas for muffins. How do you divvy these up? Oh my goodness, Heather! You are right! I totally botched the eggs! I just forgot to double the amount for the month. Not such a nice round number. I just bought 12 bananas yesterday and my receipt says 1.
Hmmm… I do tend to choose smaller bananas because I have small children. The potatoes: I use 2 cut up for roast chicken and 7 for baked potatoes. Does that come out right?