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$5 to feed your family for a week. How?

If you had only $5 in your hand, payday is four days away. You have to feed your two children, ages 9 years old and 2 years old. What would you buy to keep them fed? Tip: You have on hand 1 gallon of milk, 1 box of Cheerios, a jar of jelly, a 1/2 gallon of orange juice and one cooked chicken. Lunch is covered at school or daycare.


Asked by Joeygoat at 4:34 PM on Aug. 17, 2010 in Money & Work

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Answers (35)
  • Well, looks like breakfast and lunch are covered. I would get some wide egg noodles (.99), can of vegi (.59), loaf of bread (.69), small jar of peanut butter (1.39), generic cream of shroom soup (.59), 1/2 dozen eggs (.69). I would make buttered noodles (1/2 pkg) and chicken the first night, a casserole with 1/2 the noodles/vegi/soup and one chicken breast. I would make peanut butter and jelly sammies. Make breakfast eggs/pancakes for dinner.

    Answer by WoodWitch at 4:46 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • I would buy $5 worth of beans, rice, and flour. They can eat a ton of bean and rice burritos for dinner. Not the best, but better than $5 on ramen noodles for 4 days.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 4:36 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Eggs and bread.

    Answer by DesertRose75 at 4:37 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Bread, rice, peanut butter.

    Answer by aliceinalgonac at 4:38 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Go to a food pantry. Call the churches. Beans and rice are great. Put a want on Freecycle.
    Peanut butter and bread for sandwiches. Coupons are great. Do your research.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 4:41 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • lots of eggs!

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 4:35 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Dry pancake mix, top ramen or macaroni.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 4:36 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • a loaf of bread for sure...

    Answer by Shani527 at 4:36 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • yep, eggs and pancakes are super cheap.

    it's tough to answer though, my pantry has never been that bare even when I was dead broke.

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 4:37 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • I coupon like crazy so I know it's possible to get $30 worth of food for $5. Look for a coupon matchup site for your local grocery store. Check your area for a discount breadstore/bakery.

    Answer by fireflymcl at 4:37 PM on Aug. 17, 2010