Keep reading the next two weeks to see how far I can stretch $150 of groceries with my family of Five that need to eat 3 meals plus snacks every day.
HONEST AND A BIT AFRAID!
Please understand this is a very personal journey for me! I don't like having to plan meals and stretch them so much but I do when I want to save cash. To be honest, I feel a bit uncomfortable letting anyone who might find this blog take such a close look at my dinner plate,peak inside my kitchen cupboards, and get a look at my wallet! I've decided to do it so I can take a look back sometime in the future and the thought that someone might see what works for me and in some way use it to come up with a plan that works for them makes me feel like I have to share (I'll try not to cry if I get nasty comments on the food we're eating this week).
FINDING THE CASH!
Here is what I have to work with this week. I had very few items left in my fridge, freezer, and food cupboards (blush). The items I have I will use but for the most part I'm working with $151.54 of food. I didn't use coupons at all. I bought everything at Walmart. I think I can stretch this food for 2 and 1/2 or 3 weeks. It HAS to make it 2 weeks. My husband gave me a food budget of $185 for 2 weeks (about $20 less than our normal food budget). On top of that $20 savings have an additional savings of $33.46 by only spending $151.54 of the $185.00 (that's if I don't run out of food) we will be ahead $53.46 in two weeks. . If I can stretch it out 3 weeks I'd be saving another $100 we normally spend on food (money can add up quick if I can stay on track, plan, and S T R E T C H out the meals).
This is a photo of my food purchase (I felt kind of silly snapping a photo of my groceries).
2 boxes of cereal (I think we have a box or two already in the cupboard), coffee creamer, syrup, a gallon milk (we have another gallon opened a day or two ago), honeydew, yogurt, grapes, bananas, and pancake mix.
2 loaves of bread (we have another loaf in the freezer left over from last week), a 24 pack of rolls, a pack of wraps, 5 cans of soup, Nutella, crackers, 3 packs of Ramen noodles (I never buy them but my son asked today so I gave in), 1/2 pound cheese, 1/2 pound of pepperoni, 1/2 pound of hard salami. (I have lots of peanut butter and jelly on hand).
DINNER TIME... The MEAT!
One whole chicken, 5lbs of beef, 2 ham steaks, and one pack of hot dogs.
I would love to use this meat to make 11 meals. I don't know I'll be able to stretch it that far for my family of 5 but I'm going to try my best. I'll let you know. I know I will get at least 6 meals with this but I hope to make it more like 11.
Other dinner items.
Veggies, cucumber, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, carrots, cabbage, grape tomatoes, fries, and onions (onions didn't make the photo but I did buy them). I have some potatoes in the cupboard left from last week.
Pasta sauce, Manwich, Hot dog, sauce, bread crumbs, egg noodles, hamburg buns (2 packs), and hot dog buns.
Snacks. I hope I can make it 2+ weeks with jello, sugar, butter, popcorn, freeze pops, and animal crackers. I will also use fruit and yogurt for snacks if the kids don't eat them all up for breakfast.
Here I go with my new food stretching adventure Meal #1
Dinner #1. Hubby was at work and it was late when the kids and I got home from shopping so we had quick and easy sandwiches for dinner. My youngest had Nuttela on a wrap with a slice of cheese. My middle child had toasted PB&J with a slice of cheese, My son and I had pepperoni and cheese on sandwich rolls. Pretzels (we had an open bag on hand), carrot sticks, fresh pineapple (I had over 1/2 a pineapple in my fridge from last week), and glasses of water finished off the meal. End of my first day and I didn't dip into our dinner meats yet (I'm sure that will help stretch my meals to go a bit further).
My husband came home around midnight and had 3 burritos that were left over in the freezer from last week. I'll be back tomorrow night to share how I managed the meals for the day.