Food Budgets/Saving Money

Food Budgets/Saving Money

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ADH

Huntington, WV

#1 Oct 10, 2013
With the economy as it is, and the increased food prices, my family of four has been spending way to much money on food. We eat out occasionally (which I know is bad), but then going to the grocery store is very expensive as well. I went yesterday and spent 30.00 and left with bags light enough that I could carry them with one hand. Can any of you offer suggestions or advice on how you get the most value out of your food dollars? My family is not on public assistance, nor do we receive food stamps of any kind. I have a little over 100.00 to feed my family of four for 3 more weeks! I don't use coupons because I find that I buy more expensive brands than I normally would just to use the coupon. Store brands are almost always less expensive. Any tips or advice would be most appreciated! Thanks!
ADH

Huntington, WV

#2 Oct 10, 2013
Also, I have two teens in my house that love to "graze" all evening. That adds to the cost as well, because they will eat non-stop if I don't say anything!

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#3 Oct 12, 2013
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big b

Huntington, WV

#4 Oct 12, 2013
ADH wrote:
With the economy as it is, and the increased food prices, my family of four has been spending way to much money on food. We eat out occasionally (which I know is bad), but then going to the grocery store is very expensive as well. I went yesterday and spent 30.00 and left with bags light enough that I could carry them with one hand. Can any of you offer suggestions or advice on how you get the most value out of your food dollars? My family is not on public assistance, nor do we receive food stamps of any kind. I have a little over 100.00 to feed my family of four for 3 more weeks! I don't use coupons because I find that I buy more expensive brands than I normally would just to use the coupon. Store brands are almost always less expensive. Any tips or advice would be most appreciated! Thanks!
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Abbie

Charleston, WV

#6 Oct 12, 2013
Popcorn is a cheap grazing alternative and can be seasoned so many different ways from salty to sweet.:-)

When serving a meal, provide only one serving of meat per person but provide plenty of the cheaper side dishes ie. potatoes, beans, bread, etc.... Add a made from a box cake or brownie mix for dessert and it can double as late night grazing food.
Marcum Terrace

United States

#7 Oct 12, 2013
Be like most welfare ppl. Feed your kids bologna and hotdogs 24/7.
Derper

Huntington, WV

#8 Oct 12, 2013
Brown rice (white rice is nutritionally worthless), is very cheap and very filling. You feel full for a long time. A few leftover veggies chopped up, some soy, and you've got a meal.

Best advice is to learn to cook at home. Big stews and pasta dishes are cheap, filling, and can usually be frozen into small portions for the microwave, so good for teens.

Look at a Chinese cookbook. Food from that culture is super cheap, and you'll get a lot for a little, if you make it yourself.
ADH

Huntington, WV

#9 Oct 15, 2013
Thanks for the serious responses and advice. I love cooking though it seems wherever I go, I'm paying a lot for food. I was just noticing this week that a lot of my regularly purchased foods had price increases at Kroger. I did go to Aldi's this week and was pleasantly surprised at their prices. I go to Save-A-Lot regularly but Aldi's is a little more out of my way. I may need to start going more often. Again, thanks for the tips!

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