OK, so our food budget is dropping to about $100 per week. This is food only, no paper goods or diapers included (thank goodness, we've done it that way and it's TOUGH). I figured rather than be too upset about it, I will try to make this a challenge for however long we have to do this. I thought I'd post recipes and things that work or don't work here. I would LOVE any comments/hints/tips/tricks, etc. that anyone has to offer. I do follow the blog Grocery Cart Challenge, and it has some good ideas.
I think some serious organization will be key. I will need to have a menu planned, and take stock of what I have to use in my cooking. (I foresee cleaning out my pantry in the near future...ugh) My goals are to have healthy meals and snacks, stay in budget (no choice there anyway), and have a positive attitude. I also have to send a lunch with DH every day to work. I also plan to make our bread, so that should help too.
We mostly do oatmeal for breakfast, or pancakes or eggs, which are all cheap. Lunch I need to work on planning better to make sure we have food and aren't just eating popcorn and such. (not like we've been doing THAT this summer...) :)
I started out having a brainstorm session for our family's favorite cheap meals. Here are some we came up with:
spaghetti or other pasta with marinara
southwest chicken Caesar salad YUM!
homemade chicken soup
breakfast for dinner
beans and brown rice bowls
meat on sale cooked in crockpot served with brown rice
grilled cheese and tomato soup
Anyway, that is where I am going to start. Luckily DH works near the Superstition Ranch market, where the produce is sooooo cheap. So I can swing by there when I drop him off in the mornings. A few things I will get at Sam's and most other things at Fry's because I love their sales.
So....look out for upcoming posts on feeding our family of 8 for $100/week!! ...wish me luck!