Feeding your family, especially when you have teen boys can be pretty difficult. Costs can skyrocket, but with a little planning, you can feed your family for $70 a week. This week, I shopped at Aldi and Kroger.
One thing you can do to help your budget is to buy a month's worth of the meat special. You may not be able to do this from the start, but if you can pick up 2 weeks worth it will help you in the long run to manage your costs.
My rules are: as few prepackaged foods as possible (no ramen, no hamburger helper and no kraft mac n cheese) If you want to make your budget lower, you could include those, but I prefer healthy foods to premade ones.
Chicken drumsticks/macaroni and cheese/broccoli
Hamburger/cheeseburger on bun/corn on cob/salad
Bbq pork/tomato grilled corn salad/potato wedges
Spaghetti with meat sauce (and lentils)/green salad or green beans
Mahogany chicken made with turkey breast/mango and pineapple salsa
Turkey stew with leftover turkey (carrots and potatoes) biscuits
Breakfast for dinner- bacon, eggs pancakes
Here are some of the prices I paid for this week's food:
Boneless pork loin 1.79/lb (I bought a whole one which is huge)
Turkey breast .99/lb ( I bought 2- one for now, one for later)
Kroger cheese 1.88
Green beans 99cents/lb
mozz cheese 1.89
pizza sauce 1.00
Salad greens .69 and 1.49
Chicken drumsticks .69 a lb
Mango .49 each
Onion .78/2 lbs
For breakfast, we eat oatmeal or eggs and toast. Sometimes we have cereal but the kids are tired of it right now, so I didnt buy any. We have some leftover cereal from last week.
Lunches: Sandwiches, leftovers, tuna, we have bananas and peaches and pineapple for fruit snacks this week as well as some leftover apples (there may be a mango leftover). Homemade pizza
When I make homemade pizza, the costliest ingredient is the yeast. I try to buy that in bulk. I buy a jar of premade pizza sauce and freeze what I dont use. I get 2 to 3 pizza's out of a jar of sauce, and 2 to 3 from the block of mozz cheese. We like our pizza with pineapple. When I buy one, any we dont eat right away gets frozen and used for things like this.
The key is to use everything. Do not waste food. I rarely throw food out. I try to buy a different fruit each week depending on what is on sale. I freeze anything we dont eat and if we get enough, I make smoothies for breakfast.
If we have leftover veggies, I either serve them again, or make broth out of them. I also make and freeze chicken broth (or turkey).
I bought a turkey breast this week. I will cut the meat from it, cube it and freeze it and use it in recipes that call for chicken breast. I will boil the bones for the turkey stew and use any leftover meat from that I can salvage. I may add some additional meat if needed.
What foods help you stay in budget?