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a good grocery list please.

for a week a family of 4. both kids on table food one 5 the other 2. We gat 2 dozen eggs/4 milk/4 juice/1 lb cheese/24 oz cereal and 1 lb dry beans from wic each month. We need to spend around 40 a week on groceries including diapers and cleaning supplies and toilet paper. I'm tired of eating frozen card board meat in gravy and ramen noodles. everyone always says if you plan meals you can cook healthy on a low budget so help me out.


Asked by Anonymous at 4:59 PM on Aug. 18, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • First off, cut back on your cleaning supplies...all you need is some cheap white vinegar to clean, that should save you a bit. Mix 1 part vinegar to about 4 parts water and you have your all purpose cleaner. You really don't need paper towels, just use rags as often as possible.

    Answer by gramsmom at 9:32 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • the LARG packages of meat.. devide into family size packages for your fam.. id say 3 chicken breasts is enough for 1 meal correct? so the average econo package has 12 in there,,, theres 4 meals...

    save leftover emats.. amke a roast and save meat for tacos or soups... potatoes... get everything you can on sale!

    dont buy prepackages things if you dont have too... make pancakes or muffins.. you get more for your money that way

    Answer by 2cuteboysrmine at 5:03 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • get those chicken meals in the box, do cearal as snacks, waffles, get some taters, dont under est soup sister, hot dogs, chillie, grill cheese..

    Answer by ArlieBeeMee at 5:07 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • Well this is not exactly a list it's a menu but it works for me on occassion.

    Grilled ham and cheese - french fires

    Chicken covered with cream of chicken soup and placed in oven...very easy -boiled potato cubed with parsley and butter - green beans

    Fried Kilbasa w/sauted red peppers and onions - rice a roni

    meatloaf - mashed potato - green beans

    Fried pork chops - Mrs.T Perogies

    Hot dogs - onion rings

    Lasanga -frozen version is very good

    I don't have little ones but hopefully this is a good variety for you.

    Answer by mom_wrhsc at 5:13 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • You need to start with a meal plan: meals and snacks for 8 days. If I just gave you a list of groceries, you probably wouldn't use all of them and you would probably have to buy items not on the list.
    Contact me if you would like some help with meal plans and recipes.

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:18 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • I agree, start with a meal plan. Here are some ideas:
    Breakfasts: egg bake (stretches out the eggs so that 6 can feed 12 people), pancakes (made from scratch), cold cereal, oatmeal, homemade granola
    Lunches: sandwiches, soup, veggies & dip or fresh fruit
    Dinner: there are so many things you can make. What sort of meals do you like? If you can find it in the store's freezer you can make it yourself. If you find it in a box on a store shelf, you can make it yourself.
    Key items for your food shelves: flour, sugar, baking powder & soda, cornstarch (helps with gravies & puddings), vanilla extract, spices like cinnamon & chili powder & garlic powder & parsley & oregano & paprika, vegetable or canola oil, canned tomatoes or tomato sauce, a few canned veggies & fruits, applesauce, rice, oatmeal, canned tuna, a few canned soups.
    For the fridge: milk, margarine, eggs, condiments
    For the freezer: frozen veggies or fruits, meat

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:15 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • You'll also want a few fresh fruits and veggies.
    Now you need to come up with a plan: make up lists for breakfast, lunch and dinner of possible meals your family will eat. From that list you only need to plan for meals between pay periods. Take out the money you spend on diapers and things besides food. Take stock of what is already in your cupboards. Can you make any meals from that? Write those meals down on paper. What's on sale in your local store? Can you take anything that's on sale and add it to what you have to make a meal? Write it down. Next you will fill in with inexpensive meals until your plan is all done. Make up a grocery list of things you need. If you can't afford all the groceries then double think your list. You may have to have some really cheap meals like pancakes or ramen noodles a few times.

    Check out my blog for recipes: Need help? Please ask.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:25 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

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    Answer by wheresthewayout at 1:15 AM on Aug. 19, 2009