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Whats your trick to strech the food budget when you have very little to spend on it.

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Asked by nanny29 at 5:00 PM on Oct. 10, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • coupons......

    Answer by michaux at 5:04 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • if there's a small family, soup is really easy and filling. i reuse things like hot dog buns that weren't used for garlic bread sticks and dips with bread and chips are easy and inexpensive and really filling. have a night in the week where you put out extras and let everyone have few bites of everything. pastas are easy and go a long way.

    Answer by angevil53 at 5:05 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • You could buy cheap foods like macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, ramen soup and bologna sandwiches.

    Answer by danalee11 at 5:05 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • I try to make meals that will stretch- like stew, chili, home made soup, casserole. I also stock up on things when they are on sale and try to keep a few boxes of mac & cheese or some canned soup in the pantry.

    Answer by MizLee at 5:07 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • its starches and seasonings... potatoes, rice and pasta, oil and an onion and garlic. beans tomatoes, and some meat. some snacks for th ekids you cant not let them have some joy, and baby food of course, thats what i bought today wanted to spedn 40 but it was 69... with diapers. damm. lol. canned juices people!!! just mix them in a pitcher with watwr its the same darn thing! also sandwich fixings are good, a big bread loaf, and lots of cheese and tuna. soups of course. beefaroni is good for schoolage boys lol. wow these times are horrible.

    Answer by silverelf at 5:16 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • Eat at home . Sometimes we have simple meals like pinto beans, cornbread, and a dark green leafy vegetable or a salad, or Taco Style Lentils and Rice --very inexpensive and very delicious! My son gobbles it up and he's a very picky eater. You can find the recipe on It's so awesome. You can eat it the way it is or use it as burritos, etc. Homemade soups and chilis are all very good and nutritious. Cook from scratch as much as possible. Have breakfast for dinner sometimes.

    Answer by duckigrrl at 5:24 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • Rice (not instant) is inexpensive and can be a part of so many different meals: serve with sugar & milk for breakfast, mix with some gravy, in a soup, as a filler with meat for meatballs, top with stir fry, make into rice pudding. I even use it in my homemade bread to make it tender and light.
    I make breads, tortillas, biscuits, bagels, pancakes all from scratch. Those are filling foods.
    Make more meatless meals. Not just beans & rice, you can also make baked beans, taco soup, meatless chili, bean salads, refried beans (for burritos or tacos or nachos), etc. Lentils make a great stew, filler for tacos or sloppy joes, I even make a "meatloaf" with lentils that my kids love.
    Plan meals. Don't just go to the store and buy what looks good. With good planning, you can make a whole chicken make 3 meals, or a bag of potatoes last for several meals, etc.
    My family drinks water. Milk is for cooking/baking/cereal. No juice.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:11 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • Skip cold cereals for breakfast. Oatmeal (not instant) is inexpensive and can be served with a variety of toppings limited only by your imagination. Same with pancakes. You get more for your money than you would with cold cereals.
    Cook from scratch. It really doesn't take that much more time to make scalloped potatoes from scratch than it would from a box. I can have a pan of biscuits ready to go in the oven in under 3 minutes. Pasta takes 10 minutes to make, from measuring to putting in the boiling water.
    Shop the "off brand" stores like Aldi or Save A Lot.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:15 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • Pasta!
    We have tons of pasta and you can do just about anything to it to dress it up so even if you only have broccoli in the fridge it works!

    Answer by at 6:18 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • We had to stay in town for a meeting, we brought cans of soda to town in an ice chest that morning, we never eat all the ff - so for less then $10 we had a burger in town, which would have cost close to $30 if we'd gotten the meal deals. This is just for three of us. We got it to go and ate at the park.
    Anyhow, eat at home. Rice, noodles and other fillers make the meal go further. We also, have a left over night. We don't ways food! Coupons are great but check the store brand price first. Sometime coupons aren't a great deal.
    Make a menu for the week, plan put meals and only shop once a week. You don't realize how much those impulse items add up on your grocery bill. And don't forget to have special treats now and then - ice cream, etc.

    Answer by SassySue123 at 6:47 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

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