7 Ways to Feed Your Family for $25 a Week
If you are on a super tight budget, slashing your grocery bill is one of the fastest ways to make ends meet. Here are 7 Ways To Feed Your Family For $25 A Week that we know work when you put them into practice. Your menu doesn’t have to be all starch or ramen noodles (much of that very unhealthy anyway). With the right plan, and some effort on your part you can feed your family healthy and delicious meals on a super low budget.
There’s the best of both worlds sometimes too!
Plant a Vegetable Garden
Your initial investment can be as low as $10 to buy seeds and some fertilizer. Create a small at-home vegetable garden for things like tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, green beans, peas, corn and bell peppers. You can even create an indoor garden in small containers to keep your garden growing year-round. Take advantage of excess produce to can or freeze items for use later in the year.
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Barter for Fresh Produce or Meats
Many people have home gardens with an abundance of fresh produce you can actually barter for. Offer to babysit, clean their home, do car repairs or exchange produce for handcrafted items they want or need. This is a great way to do something in exchange for food that costs you nothing more than your time.
Use Less Meat and More Beans and Vegetables
Since meats are the highest costs in your grocery cart most times, it is time to get serious about stretching it farther. Cut the amount of meat you use in recipes like tacos, spaghetti, stews, chili, soups or casseroles by adding in extra helpings of vegetables or beans. Mix in 1 cup refried pinto beans with ½ pound ground meat for yummy and hearty tacos. Make vegetarian soups and chili with beans and vegetables added.
Cook from Scratch
You can make 2 loaves of homemade bread for around $1 instead of paying $2-$4 per loaf. Homemade oatmeal from quick oats or steel oats is $1.50 for 10-12 servings instead of $2.50 for 8 servings of instant. Homemade biscuits can be as low as $1 per batch instead of $4 for 12 in the freezer section. Spend time once a week making homemade bread and easily save $10-$15 off your weekly budget for cookies, cakes, bread, biscuits, and tortillas.
Plan Meals Around Items on Sale
Each week you can look closely at your grocery store sales to determine the best meat and vegetable deals to build your menu around. If roasts are on sale at a good price, buy one large one. You can slow cook it on the first day and serve small portions with potatoes and vegetables. Shred it and add some to a pot of stew and some to make enchiladas or tacos. You can plan your weeks menu around the best sale items to keep your budget down.
Feel like you are too busy to meal plan? Check out the Meal Plan guide for busy moms I wrote recently.
Use Leftovers for Lunch
Instead of buying separate items for lunches, use leftovers from evening meals instead. It takes only a small amount more to create a lunch portion for the next day. The cost of separate items like bread, luncheon meat, cheeses and chips can really zap your budget. Leftovers are much less expensive and often much healthier.
Limit Variety of Foods
It is tough to have limits, but when you are cutting back limiting the options helps you save more. Buying one type of granola bar or snack means you can get a better price when getting a larger quantity. You will spend more money buying 3-4 options than a larger quantity of just one item. This also applies to things like meats, cheeses and beverages. Drink water or tea and avoid soft drinks and extra juices.
Other great ways to feed your family for $25 a week include buying in bulk during seasonal sales, eliminating desserts, soft drinks and similar items from your diet. With a little extra effort, you can easily feed your family on a limited income.