I was recently asked HOW I feed my family of 8 with $1000 a month on the face book page, and since I practically wrote a blog post about it there, I decided I may as well write one on here…When I was done writing, it came out to over 1300 words… so I will be breaking it up into a couple posts! The things I do for y’all 🙂
So $1000 a month. To some that may seem like A LOT… and actually this month it’s more like $1200 since Hubs is buying his own food in the Valley. So I got out my calculator, and if my late night calculations are correct, $1200 for a family of 8 comes out to about $150 per person for the month. WOW that is a scary number! Then I made it worse… I figured out how much I have to spend per person per day… $5. $5 per person per day to feed a family.. that number up there doesn’t look so big anymore does it? Granted that is $40 per day for our family. BUT that is three meals, two snacks and three-four times a week a dessert and includes coffee, coffee creamer, and sugar for my commited coffee relationship, milk, juice, sodas once a week for the kids, daily for Hubs and now and then for me. We also buy our drinking water, because the water here tastes funny, and its a really old apartment building so I worry about lead. We go through 5 gallons every other day. I fill our five gallon jug for $1.75. Half of that is my coffee consumption. Shhh, don’t tell Hubs I drink that much coffee…
And if you think about it Rachel Ray can barely feed just HERSELF for that much a day!! Take away the $200 Hubs got this month and it turns to $125 per person, or $4.16 per person per day! And no, we don’t eat beans and rice every day.. in fact we rarely do! Although we DO eat a lot of Mexican, Italian and Indian foods. They have a lot of flavor, are usually quick and easy to make, and are cheaper then most foods from other countries or even our own.
So how do I do it? First off I use the website, http://www.menufortheweek.com. For a $30 six month membership (this comes out to about $1 per week! Well worth it just in the time it saves!) I am emailed weekly menus and shopping lists for 5-6 dinners, and at least one breakfast/brunch meal. It almost always includes a crock pot meal for busy days. On my shopping list I add things I will need for other meals, milk, eggs, yogurt, cereal, bread, peanut butter, jelly. Etc. In the five weeks now that I have been using this menu plan, not a single meal was disliked by my family. That alone saves money. Then a couple times a week we have leftovers for lunch and finish off anything that didn’t get eaten for dinner the last few days.
My kids are NOT allowed to be picky… I allow them each one maybe two foods they REALLY dislike, such as brussel sprouts, and those they can opt out of eating, but everything else is not up for debate. I do not make more then one meal at a time. If you don’t want to eat what is served you can wait for the next meal. Look for the rest of this post tomorrow!