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Can I get some tips for stretching a food budget?

Posted by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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I have to make $100 feed 4 people for a week.

by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Meal plan, buy some things in bulk that last a while.
lucsch
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM

There were some ideas on a thread yesterday.

thePBandJmom
by Gold Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Thanks, I'll have to look.

Quoting lucsch:

There were some ideas on a thread yesterday.


Momtimestwo
by Bronze Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM
Don't use meat as the main course. Make casseroles, veggie meals, pasta, soups, etc.
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Sassy762
by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM
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Click purple links to go to recipes!

 

BREAKFAST

Yogurt, blueberries, Crockpot Granola

Cereal with milk x2

Cheese Toast, watermelon slices

Egg and Cheese Bagel

Fried Eggs with spinach, sausage links

Homemade waffleshomemade waffle syrup

LUNCH

Banana Berry Smoothie*, popcorn*

PBJ*, apple slices

Turkey Sandwich, red pepper slices

Nachos, avocado

Quesadillas, cucumber

Tuna Salad*

Homemade Pizza Bagels

 

DINNER

Black Bean Chicken Chili*, corn chips

London Broil, mashed potatoes, steamed green beans*

Hot Dogs, baked beans*

Greek Pasta SaladTomato Cucumber Salad

Baked Potatoes, bacon*, steamed broccoli* with cheese

Chicken Quesadillas, avocado slices

BBQ Bacon Burgers, corn on the cob

 

What are you eating this week? Leave a comment or link. :)

Please Note: I post my weekly menu to encourage menu planning and to give meal ideas, not as a nutritional standard. You should feed your family based on your priorities and values.

If you would like menu planning help, check out Emeals*–weekly menus based on your local store’s sales including recipes and a grocery list!

thePBandJmom
by Gold Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:38 PM

That's a good idea, but easier said than done with a "meatarian" in the house. Lol.

Quoting Momtimestwo:

Don't use meat as the main course. Make casseroles, veggie meals, pasta, soups, etc.


t1gger143
by Platinum Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:39 PM
Pasta dishes. Homemade pizza.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:39 PM

hamburger meat is pretty cheap, so is chicken...not sure about where you live but the dollar tree by me sells breakfast items like eggs, waffles and french toast sticks and stuff.
you can also do breakfast for dinner, pancake mix is usually cheap  with some sausage and eggs..


Amy_M
by Gold Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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Meal plan, buy in bulk, make ahead and freeze, have meatless meals a couple nights a week, replace refried beans for meat in mexican dishes, I haven't really found coupons to be very helpful.  Price match

LntLckrsCmQut
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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Soups are super cheap, healthy  to make and can be stretched for at least 2 meals. I buy a whole chicken and simmer it in water, veggies and spices for a couple of hours for home made chicken broth, then make 2 different soups. Tortilla and chicken noodle. Plus, with it being winter, the soup not only warms your body but the broth is so good for you and will help keep you well.

Going meatless at least twice a week is another great way to save money.

Eat real food. INstead of buying pre made things like waffles, pancakes, etc, make them yourself.

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