Meal Planning Really Can Keep Your Grocery Cost Low
This week I spent $69.40 on groceries for our family of 10. I am going to share with you my meal plan for this week.
If possible purchase a cow share or raise your own
Let me again mention that we either raise our own animals for meat or we go to our local dairy and purchase a cow from them. If you can't raise your own, you can get a cow share. This lets you purchase a certain amount of the cow (1/2 cow or 1/4) without the cost of raising it. Buy purchasing a cow your able to get better meat, and the cost per pound is better than the store prices. At the moment; we are out of any meat from our last cow. So we are eating a lot of pork and chicken. We do raise chickens and ducks also just for eggs. The pork is from our pig and the chicken was purchased on sale. I purchase chicken in bulk when I find good sales. I buy bulk items in the months that have 5 weeks in them.So this month I have an "extra" $100 for groceries. With that I will buy any baking items I may need and meat that we may need as long as it is on sale.
Shop your pantry and freezers first
I always start with what is in the pantry and freezer. In the freezer I found sausage, chicken and pork chops. The sausage we have I use in everything. Spaghetti, tacos etc. No one knows it isn't hamburger meat. The chicken was bought on sale and repackaged. I never know when it will go back on sale. I cant afford to have anything get freezer burnt. So I do repackage in freezer bags or vacuum saver bags. By shopping what you have at home first, you can build your meals around that. This will help to keep your cost low. I am going to mark on the meal plan the items we have on hand. I already shopped for the week and spent $69.40.
Past articles to help further lower your grocery bill
I have previously shared with you some past weekly meal plans along with how to keep your grocery budget low. If you missed those articles and would like to read them here are the links. The first is titled I Budget $100 a Week To Feed My Family of 10. The second is titled How to feed a large family, on a small budget.
My weekly meal plan
Breakfast: Strawberry Smoothies- I only needed to purchase frozen strawberries
Lunch: Homemade pepperoni pizzas, strawberries- I bought fresh strawberries for the week
Dinner: Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese- Had everything on hand.
Breakfast: Eggs and sausage with raisin and cinnamon bread- Purchased the bread (this was a treat for the kids).
Lunch: Ham and cheese sandwiches, blueberries- Bought the ham. We picked the blueberries from our bushes.
Dinner: Chicken fajitas, mexican corn and spanish rice.- Bought bell peppers and sour cream.
Breakfast: Homemade pancakes with sausage. Had everything on hand.
Lunch: Pb&j, strawberries- Purchased strawberries.
Dinner: Chicken and Noodles, mashed potatoes and green beans. Had everything on hand.
Breakfast: Eggs and Sausage breakfast burritos- Purchased soft shells at the break outlet store.
Lunch: Bean burritos- Purchased soft shells at the bread outlet store
Breakfast: French toast and maple syrup- Purchased maple syrup.
Lunch: Egg roll n a bowl- Purchased the cabbage and soy sauce.
Dinner: Sausage gravy and biscuits- Have everything on hand
Breakfast: Sunshine Skillet- Have everything on hand
Lunch: Kids Choice
Dinner: Spaghetti and green bean casserole- Have everything on hand
Breakfast: Smoothie Sunday (something easy before church)- Have everything on hand
Lunch: Sandwiches- Purchased the ham
Dinner: Pork chops, carrots and black eyed peas- Had everything on hand.
We also bought milk, which we do every week, and (2) 24pks of Dr. Pepper (husband only). The kids and I drink milk, coconut milk, and water, with our meals. This week we ended up under budget. So the extra will go onto the next week. I hope this meal plan blesses you. Sometimes we all get into a rut cooking the same meals over and over. I know I do. It is possible with a little strategy to keep your grocery cost low.
Shop wisely and always make do with what you have. Hope to you see you all next week. Let me know how you did.