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12-03-2009, 10:46 PM #31
I'm in the same boat as you, and spending about the same amount. I have six children at home 24/7. We homeschool so all meals are at home and I send lunch with my husband every day. I find I can grow the stockpile a bit at $180, but below that is just keeping up. I used to really do the coupon thing, but mostly now just stick to basic ingredients. I buy most of our bread at the bakery thrift store, and really shop for markdowns on produce and meat at Kroger. I usually buy one big meat item every week. This becomes dinner one night, then is divided up into sandwiches for lunches and cooked meat for casserole, etc., then I cook the bones for broth and make soup. If ground beef is on sale or marked down, I buy 5-10 pounds to cook at once and divide and freeze. This week I bought whole milk instead of lowfat and am stretching it with some water. I really have to ration milk and cheese or it will be gone in nothing flat. With the cooler weather I've quit buying cold cereal.
I've been mulling over getting a Sam's membership again, but I don't know. Sure would be nice to just go stock up, but I don't think I could do it within my normal budget. It's not easy, but I feel like we eat pretty well...it just takes a lot of work!
- 12-04-2009, 08:29 PM #32
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Thank you all for the tidbits. I finally (duh) figured out that at $3/day (3 meals, we eat or pack all meals from home) x 9 people x7 days=$189 so I guess I'm at a reasonable budget. I went today and spent $134 on groceries and used $20 for stockpiling things. To answer Grainlady's excellent post
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