I guess one of the ways that I keep us living on a budget is that I prepare inexpensive foods. I thought that for a few weeks I might try to calculate how much my meals cost. What I do normally when I bring home food is to mark how much we paid for the item. I usually by food items when they are on sale or in bulk so we save a lot of money. I also cook from scratch and use coupons when I can. I don't do a lot of coupons right now, but I do save them out of the paper and date them, and if something comes up I can use them.
As you know I work full time so most of my meals are simple or are cooked in the crock pot. I mostly go shopping on the weekend, but sometimes I will make a quick stop in town when running errands. So here goes what I have done so far this week:
Monday: Breakfast- cereal (I usually only by cereal for under $2.00 a box and we eat a box at breakfast) $2.00, Milk, coffee, or juice $1.00
Lunch: everyone eats at school and Steven and I bring leftovers from the night before.
We are on reduced lunch it cost $1.50.
Dinner: Taco soup. Deer meat (free), frozen corn (half bag .50) can of tomatoes (.60),
spices (.50). Dinner bread - free from my sister in law.
Tuesday : Same lunch and breakfast $3.50,
Dinner: Grilled chicken $4.00, baked potatoes $ 1.00, home canned green beans free.
Yes, I know that this does not include snacks. I usually have fruit on hand for snacking. We also buy goldfish crackers and animal crackers from Sam's. For dessert we usually have ice cream or popcorn. My sister-in-law gets us some snacks and bread from Publix that is expiring but still good. So I guess I need to add a couple of dollars every day for snacks. To me that is not too bad considering we feed seven people. Tomorrow I will let you know how much it is to feed the Wednesday night church crowd. Usually there are 12-14 of us.