Friday, November 3, 2017

How Can You Feed a Family of 5 for $75 a Week?

Some of you amazing grocery diva's will probably say that is a lot of money and then some of you will be like WHAT? !!! that is too little. Everyone has differences in this area.

If you were given $75 for the week and told you need to buy ALL your weekly grocery needs with this how would you go about it and what would you make or plan to prepare for this? NO COUPONS!



Take me a long in the comments below on your planning and meals that would fit this for a family of five.

This will include breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacks. My husband does not eat breakfast on the weekdays. We do not eat breakfast at home on Sunday because we have it at church. We homeschool and are always home on the most part. My husband also eats lunch at work because it is usually provided by company.

I do have two teenagers (they eat!). Oatmeal isn't a hit with my family. I am allergic to nuts. Sandwiches are not a favorite everyday but we do like them. We also do like leftovers. But I tend not to have enough after our meals. Also, I do not coupon. I also do not like weird off the wall ingredients.

Now that you got my family dynamics. Pretend your in my shoes.  What would you fix, prepare, plan, and how could you make $75.00 a week work??

Thanks for your help!!


17 comments:

  1. That’s a good question, because I’m about to get married and adopt two stepkids and have a family of five myself. No idea what the budget will be other than he sold everything. Do you have a smartphone? There’s this app called Ibotta. I love it. They offer 25 cents cash back on fresh produce items. I like to buy just over 25 cents worth of whatever’s on there and throw it in a pot. I don’t have any other advice other than cut back on non grocery related expenses or increase cash flow.

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    1. I don't have a iphone. But what a neat idea. Congrats on the future.

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  2. Oh and every few days, 25 cents on “any item” will come up. I have another app called shopkick where I earn Walmart gift cards and use it to get gas, then scan the Walmart gas
    Receipt and get 25 cents
    Because gas is “any item”

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  3. Gee wiz girlfriend. I always cook enough for a threshing crew. Double everything and always have leftovers for lunch the next day. IF they don't want leftovers ( because I am sure you little angels never complain about food right?) they can eat a sandwich. I will try and post some good family meals on the blog. Cheers, as in Happy time!

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  4. Chrissy, may I ask why no coupons? You don't need to subscribe to a newspaper to get them. You can print them from online for free. If you don't have a printer, most libraries allow you to use theirs. You could also ask neighbors or people you know that may not use them if you could have their coupon flyers.

    I do coupon and I save a lot with them ~ usually at least $50 a month worth of groceries.

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    1. Hey Gina. I ise to be an avid hardcore couponer with a binder. I did save some money nutnI noticed a lot of the coupons were for things we really didn't use or eat. I found generic brands cheaper.

      But some coupons are amazing. I just got out of habit.

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    2. Chrissy, If I had no coupons and $75 a week for groceries.... I would buy beans, rice, pasta, bread, eggs, some kind of meat that you can stretch for a few meals (like a chicken). You could simmer the chicken in a pot and use the broth for soups, the chicken for casseroles or sandwiches or soup. I would try to buy some fresh fruit and vegetables if possible.

      Also, in the spring, I would plant a vegetable garden and maybe some berry plants.

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    3. Forgot to add, some grocery stores sell discounted day old bread/bakery items and even fresh vegetables/fruit that may be slightly bruised for a big discounted price.

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    5. Thank you Gina. I love your ideas.

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  5. Chrissy, I would make homemade muffins, pancakes and bread.I would also buy or make some tortillas. I'd do a baked potato bar one night and then use the leftovers to make twice baked potatoes or cheesy potato soup. Pasta dishes can be bulked up with extra veggies to cut back on the meat and you really do not need a lot of cheese on it. We do lots of soups here and that really does help. Chicken is usually cheap and if you buy the boneless skinless breast, they can be cut into thinner cutlets. I get 3 cutlets per breast. I just posted my Frugal Friday Wrap Up post for this week and it had lots of cheap meal ideas.

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  6. I totally agree that coupons make you buy things you don’t want or need. That is why I use Ibotta for the “any” whatever. Any milk, any eggs, any toothpaste, etc. even tho those don’t count towards the bonuses and are smaller rebates. If it’s something for the cat, I’ll do it since he doesn’t care but using a coupon for 25% off something u don’t need means u just wasted 75%

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  7. I didn't read the other comments so forgive me if I repeat other suggestions! :) If you have an aldi store around you....definitely shop there! It saves SOOO much money!!!

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  8. Well, I am no expert on meal planning, but I will give you some things our family does and maybe you'll get some ideas from it. :) You could try buying in bulk. We buy our meat, like chicken, bacon, ground beef, salmon, etc. in bulk from a company called Zaycon Fresh. Their chicken is usually cheaper than it is in the store, and it is organic! A truck brings it to a designated place somewhere near you, and you go and pick it up. The chicken comes fresh and has never been frozen, so you have to take it home and separate it. Chicken comes in 40 pounds at once, but if you didn't want it all, you could always split half and half with someone else. I think almost everything else comes frozen, but it's all organic, as they skip the middle man and it comes straight from the farmer. Their ground beef is amazing! It hardly makes any grease when we brown it. So yeah, maybe check Zaycon Fresh out and see if they deliver to a place anywhere near you.
    If there is an Aldi near you, shopping there would save you money.

    I hope you find some ways to save. :) Have a great day!
    Love
    Ashley
    ashleysyarnworks.etsy.com
    creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com

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  9. Potatoes are GREAT , so good for you and VERSATILE!!! Adding fat (for cooking the potatoes) and a canned veg like peas as a side dish will fill bellies and be quite nutritious.
    God bless
    Mrs.O

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  10. Potatoes are GREAT , so good for you and VERSATILE!!! Adding fat (for cooking the potatoes) and a canned veg like peas as a side dish will fill bellies and be quite nutritious.
    God bless
    Mrs.O

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