FEEDING MY FAMILY ON $75/WEEK OR LESS


I think we are all aware of the rising costs of food no matter where you live. I know here in Ontario, Canada some of the prices are crazy when it comes to food costs. I am always up for a challenge when it comes to saving money without compromising what we eat. I did some hunting to find out what the average cost for food for a family of three should be and it came out to $100/person/month. For my family that works out to be $300/month which is $75/week.

My goal is to eat healthy meals every day on $75 a week for the three of us. That is two adults and our teenage daughter. Years ago I used to just head to the store and not think about the price of the items I put in my cart. But in the last 15 years, things have changed. We have been living off of a very limited income and I need to really think before I put something in my cart to purchase.


Over the years I have learned that their are less expensive alternatives to meat. Beans and lentils can be used to bulk up meals and if you have a farmers' market near your house you can often get good deals near closing time. Don't forget that when it comes to vegetables and fruit frozen are often cheaper and last longer without losing nutrition value.

Using coupons really does help me reduce my grocery cost on some items but to be honest for me price matching is where I save a ton. This last week alone I saved over $20 just by price matching items in my cart. I came home with 5 bags of groceries and only 3 items were not price matched. I try to just go to one store only so that I also save money on gas(the rising price of gas is another story) and I do all my price matching at that one store. 


Saving money does take a little work. Going through flyers to find the best price on the items you use takes time but the internet is a huge resource and their are many places on the web that do all of this for you so it doesn't take you long at all to gather the best prices you need for price matching. I spend less than an hour a week gathering the different screenshots I need on my tablet to price match with at the store. I do realize that everyone's time is worth money but when you are saving over $20 by spending about 45 minutes before heading to the store I feel it is more than worth it. 

Weekly menu planning is also key for us when it comes to saving money on groceries. When I am going through the flyers to see the sale prices I am also going through recipes in my head that I can make with the items on sale that week. My goal is to make every meal at home and not to have to ever eat from a restaurant. With menu planning it means I am making my meals from scratch and that does take time and planning and meal prep. Nothing that can not be done on a Sunday at the beginning of the week and then meal prep during the week is a lot less. 

In short here are the ways I save:

Menu Plan - I do this every week so we don't get off track on our budget and so I know what to make for the week. It really eases the stress of cooking dinner.

Baked Goods - Every week I make our baked goods including bread for the week. I usually make brownies, cookies, puddings, jello and bars for the week. 

Buy in Bulk - We purchase flour, rice, and beans in bulk which significantly cuts down with the costs. 

No Juices or Soda - We do not buy juice or soda as a general rule

No Boxed Snacks - We bake all our snacks for the week so baked snacks are not needed in our house.

Buy Produce we eat - I only buy the produce that we will eat and if something is going bad I try to use it up in baking or cooking right away or put it in the freezer to use at a later time. I try to do zero waste.  

Let's Chat!

What are some ways you save with your weekly food budget?

 

5 Ways I Saved in July



Being intentional with our money is very important to me. I don't want money to control what we do I want to be able to control what I do with our money. 

In July I saved money 5 different ways. Saving money allows us to be able to pay cash for surprises such as needing to put in a new windshield wiper transmission to the tune of $350. It was so nice to be able to have the cash on hand to pay for this instead of using a credit card. Because we have been much more intentional about our money we have an emergency fund on hand to cover almost all of our unexpected expenses.



Cool Off in the Pool

We do have a pool in our backyard which makes is really nice for cooling off after some time in the heat and this summer it has been really hot so our pool is getting a lot of us. We saved money by not having to use the public pool which costs $3/person to swim in.


Clothing

Shaylin's sister cleaned out her closet and gave Shayiln some hand me downs. I love that all my daughters wear the same size in clothes. It really can save me money since my oldest two daughters buy their own clothes. They are adults and live on their own. 

Dog Grooming

This is something I don't think about but we save dollars on every other month because we groom our dog ourselves. From cutting her nails to trimming her fur. This saves us about $80 in our area.

Haircuts

I got sick of the heat this month so I decided I needed a shorter hair. So out came the scissors and off I cut my hair. I love the length of it now and I didn't have to book an appointment or pay for a haircut. That alone is at least a $25 savings.

Turned Off Air Conditioning

This is not an easy one with the temperatures we have been having but I decided to try to go without our air con on as long as we could. We do have a pool to cool off in after all. And we have gone over a week without air con on. 

How did you save this month?


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Real Food on Budget
Week of August 13, 2018.

I am back!!!

I have taken a hiatus for a few months while I recovered from Caregiver Burnout from caring for my daughter and her medical needs for the last 8 years. I am human and I can not do everything and take on everything and everyones needs 24/7. I have started to say NO to things that I really don't want to do and enjoy my time with my family. 

Even though I have been on a hiatus I have continued to stay on budget with our food purchases and menu planning. I really find that for me it takes the stress out of my life by knowing what we are going to be eating for our meals every night.

$75 for a family a week

Meals this week:

Chicken, Fried Rice
Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Bread
Shepherd's Pie
Enchiladas, Spanish Rice
HM Panzerotti & Sauce
Grilled Chicken, Vegetables
HM Burgers, Salads

Lunch:

Our lunches usually consist of dinner leftovers. 
- Salad
- Soup
- Egg Salad

Breakfast:

- Fresh Fruit (Oranges, Strawberries & Apples)
- Toast
- Bagels
- Oatmeal

Snack:

- Brownies
- Cookies
   
Shopping:

$ 5.97   Bread (3 loaves)
   2.97   Sour Cream
   6.00   Frozen Vegetables (3 bags)
   1.97   Celery
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$16.91

Leftover for next week - $58.09

Items on hand:

- Onions
- Potatoes
- Carrots
- Frozen Vegetables
- Rice
- Chicken Breast
- Turkey Meatballs (Frozen)
- Ground Chicken
- Chicken Thighs
- Ground Turkey
- Chicken Legs
- Pork Chops
- Pasta Sauce
- Pasta (Various)
- Bread
- Wraps
- Pears
- Apples
- Grapes
- Oranges
- Cheese
- Creamed Cheese
- Quinoa

If you are looking for more menu inspiration be sure to check out Orgjunkie, she hosts a weekly menu plan Monday link up.   


LET'S CHAT!

Do you try to keep your staple items always on hand and stocked up?





BLOGGING HIATUS

I am taking a blogging hiatus until April 30th. I thank you for stopping by and there are still some amazing articles to read on my blog while I am on hiatus. 

Looking forward to sharing some amazing tips and financial strategies with you when I am back. See you when I return!