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hi my question is how would one start a buget food mostly can anyone help

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Asked by fgump at 11:08 PM on Oct. 25, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • Plan out your meals for two weeks (or one week if you shop every week) and figure out the ingrediants you need... all for dinner, lunches, and breakfasts (luncha nd breakfast can be easier if you only have one two or three things that you have regularly. Figure how much that will cost when you go on your grocery run and double (or quadruple, w/e) that figure, and add maybe $25 dollars for variance... there is your food budget. (or since thanksgiving is coming up, you might spend more for that etc, and keep that in mind month to month) Also factor in toiletries.
    Then figure out how often you will eat out, and decide the max. for that.
    Figure in house payment/rent and utilities
    Gasoline (and make sure you not planned travel b/c it could go up that month)
    any other payments (car, loans, etc... any debt)
    also if you need to budget for clothes, insurance, etc.
    write it out, add it up.


    Answer by missbreezy214 at 11:24 PM on Oct. 25, 2009

  • we buy frozen veggies like : brocolli, cauliflour sp?
    fresh veggies on demand like bell peppers, mushrooms, etc
    buy fresh fruit on demand as well
    stock up on pastas and rice when they are on sale...theres a ton of meals to make with pasta
    buy mostly chicken, red meat is pricey
    if you do buy red meat try for ground beef
    Buy juices in cans because it will cost a lot less then buying them in the containers

    the most important thing that we do is make meals big enough for 2 days so there is left overs so we only cook 15 meals a month instead of 30

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 11:29 PM on Oct. 25, 2009

  • Go to this website for good information on how to get started on a food plan. Some are really cheap.

    Answer by 07upsydaisy at 11:46 PM on Oct. 25, 2009

  • grab a cookbook that you already have that has basic meals. write out a meal plan and pick one day a week that you will go grocery shopping. Make a grocery list of the ingredients you will need for you meals. Also add you basic staples such as milk,bread,oatmeal,fresh fruit and veggies,toilet paper,toothpaste ,laundary powder ect. Go only once a week and stick to your grocery list. This should save so much money. I do alot of crockpot meals so that there is always food ready for dinner, even if i am feeling tired.
    here are some sites that have frugal menus/recipes: cambells website and hillybillyhousewife. make it simple and with few ingredients so you dont get overwelmed. also For drinks you can save alot by buying just basics like milk,orange or grape juice and tea bags to make tea.

    Answer by Newbegginings04 at 11:52 PM on Oct. 25, 2009

  • Don't plan meals and then shop for the ingredients, keep your home stocked at all times with what you need to cook - use coupons and only buy when it's at lowest price. Plan on having 3 months worth of everything you buy. Enough to last until it's on sale again. Use frozen vegetables - only get fresh when they are in season and locally grown or something you can blanch/use right away and marked down. Buy meat the day before sales change when it's marked down and freeze until using (take out of store package, vacuum seal, or put in a freezer bag and use a sink full of water to force the air out before you close it). Plan your meals around the food already in your home. Give it about 6 weeks and you should be down to spending $50/wk or less. The message boards at will give you a lot more ideas, too.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:46 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • Here are my best tips for saving at the grocery store:

    Send me a message offlist if you would like budget recipes


    Answer by rkoloms at 5:25 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • hillbillyhousewife is a great site!!
    also try Tawra Kellam, Living on a Dime and/or Amy Dacyczyn-the tightwad gazzette

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:27 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

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