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Meal planning for a family of 3 and only $100

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 2 would you do it? Because..because..i'm looking for some new ideas! *sigh*.

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Asked by SparklingHope at 12:20 AM on Sep. 3, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • i am just starting to meal plan, but i know that there are several book about saving money on food. i get them from the library, but you can also find info online. the book i am reading now is about dinner on $5 a day. the website for it is or something like that. also super couponing might help, you can save lots of money with that. look up super couponing and you can find tons of sites for that.

    Answer by happy-go-lucky at 12:29 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • Buy everything you can generic, stick to your grocery list, frozen veggies are cheaper than fresh or canned usually. Skip meat altogether because its expensive, buy some stuff you get for cheap that will stretch a ways in bulk such as oatmeal. You can get a lot of bowls out of a container that costs about $3. at Walmart. Eat it every morning w/ a piece of fruit that's cheap like banana. Skip the soda and juice and milk and drink only plain water-from the tap if you have a filter. If not but water in gallon sizes, its cheaper than bottles. Tea and coffee are pretty cheap too. for lunch you can eat a piece of fruit with a salad that you make at home. Cut up all the veggies yourself and its cheaper. Dinner can be spaghetti, mac 'n' cheese(from scratch), beans or homemade soup or frozen veggies or rice. All of these are very cheap. Stay away from processed foods and go for natural ones and you'll save a ton.

    Answer by SweetLoveofMine at 12:30 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • Hi! I'd like to invite you to Healthy Food, Happy Budget. You'll find tons of great ideas to help you there.


    Answer by lovinangels at 12:40 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • Rachael Ray has budget friendly meals. Also try and shop at international grocery stores for veggies and fruits. They charge what the rest of the world actually pays. Big chain grocery stores charge 2much for fruits and veggies. Shop around if you can. I worked in a grocery store and it went like this is coke was on sale pepsi is on sale next week. Watch the pattern, they have a system that they follow.

    Answer by Seterah1010 at 5:17 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • i agree with some of the other mommies. i plan it all out before goin to the store. List out all your breakfast items then lunch and dinner plus ingredients that way you can compare prices and brand. Its helps too if you have coupons

    Answer by mekarevell at 6:35 AM on Sep. 3, 2010


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:44 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • Buy what is on sale and use coupons. What do you already have in your pantry, I only spent, $135 last month for my family of four, two adults and two kids, all three meals, I make lots of casseroles, and we eat lots of leftovers.LOL

    Answer by blue_glass_mama at 10:52 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • Get your store cirrcular before you go to the store, see what is on sale and make meals based on that. Let's say green peppers are on sale, for instance, I just got a bag of 8 peppers for 2.99. From that I can make stuffed peppers one night, fajitas another night, maybe an omlet with peppers one morning, etc.

    Recently eggs were on sale for .79, I bought 2 dozen, hard boiled a bunch for snacks, made some egg salad for sandwiches, made french toast a couple of get the idea.

    Answer by gramsmom at 11:49 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

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