Excluding holidays and special occasions we spend $400 a month on groceries for our family of 5, which equates to $20 a person for the week.
Thanks to Aldi we have really been able to cut back our grocery spending! All it takes is a willingness to prepare your own food from start to finish, to eat more simply and shop those produce sales!
Things we stopped buying:
I can make my own creamer if I really need it at a fraction of the cost. Personally though I’m cutting WAY back on my sugar intake for winter weight reasons OR I just drink tea with out sugar.
- pre-made mixes (of any kind)
biscuits, dinner kits like hamburger helper, frozen meals (except for corn dogs… we still occasionally get those 😀 )
Not only can I make these things my self pretty easily and inexpensively but any more if I cant read 1/2 of the ingredients on the label list I don’t need to waste my money.
- Fillers such as crackers, chips and sugary cereal
Most of this we cut out during our no gluten trial period and when we realized that we all felt better not eating it AND it saved us $20-$40 in one grocery trip we just decided not to get it any more.
I got to a point where I was cooking pasta ALL the time because I knew the kids would eat it. This is another thing that we cut during our no gluten trial and just decided it wasn’t doing us any favors.
We still keep bread in the house for the occasional school lunch however a loaf last’s us a week and a half -two weeks opposed to us having bread with every meal which we were doing before.
- Juice mixes
We would drop a fortune on juice for the kids…seriously. Now we get 2 boxes of Capri sun’s that last about 2 days and from then on out it is water or milk.
I haven’t met a parent yet who doesn’t know the struggle of their “starving” children refusing to eat a meal you took time, care, and consideration to make. It’s sad and incredibly discouraging! For this reason I have switched my philosophy on food here at the house. I used to feel like a bad mom if I didn’t provide at least 2 well balanced (cooked) meals a day for my 3 children hell bent driving me crazy with their whole “I’m not eating that” approach.
I do not cook every day any more *gasp*. We are inately munchers any way so most of what is consumed is raw. The big thing that saved me from having to cook all the time is that I started preparing meals for the week ahead of time. It keeps me from standing in the kitchen all day long and the kids know what is available so they cant throw too big of a fit if what they want isn’t in the fridge.
Our snacks consist mostly of:
- Any and all vegetables with ranch dressing.
- Tortilla chips with avacodo and sour cream.
- Raw green beans
- Cucumber salad
- PBJ roll up (with a whole grain tortilla.)
- Cheese sticks.
- Apple’s,oranges, banana’s etc.
- Peanut butter Oatmeal balls
- Cubed cheese and Polish sausage.
- Snack skewers (cherry tomatoes, cheese blocks, apple slices)
- sliced pickles and beets
Some heat involved snacks:
- Boiled eggs.
- Popcorn. ( I will get a bag of kernels at Walmart pop them in a pot and baggy individual servings.) It usually lasts about 2 weeks.
- Rice krispy treats (again make a lot and bag individually for lunches and rewards)
- Taquitos. I like to bake mine so the wrap gets a little crunchy.
- Pancakes! So easy to make from scratch, and you can substitute the flour with just about anything from gluten free flour to bananas! Again I make alot at once and
freeze them 3 to a baggie for later. I think it is worth mentioning too that we usually don’t use syrup. We use pancakes more as a grab and go item.
On the days where we just want something warm I will make some soup in the crockpot and keep it going through out the day! I got lucky having kids that like soup and bowels with built in straws!