If you missed part one of Feeding your Family of 5 Healthy Meals for under $70 a week, make sure to check it out 🙂 We talked about the importance of having a deep freezer and that a pantry does not have to be a pantry and a few other fun tidbits:) Make sure you read the rest of the How to Feed A Family of 5 Healthy Meals for under $70 a week series.
How to Feed a family of 5 Healthy Meals for Under $70 a week
Today I want to talk about the importance of stocking up on the things you use on a regular basis, things like whole wheat pasta (can be gotten for as low as FREE, lately I have been snagging it for .25-.50 a box), Tuna fish (often FREE), cheese and many other essential ingredients to cooking. Stocking up on these items means you won’t have to buy them at full price and will have them on hand when you are planning your meals(we will get into meal planning later on this week). And don’t stock up on things you won’t use because they will just sit in your pantry taking up valuable stockpiling space. While it may seem crazy to buy 15 packages of tuna at one time, but if they are FREE get them! Tuna is not just for sandwiches my kids love Tuna cakes (crabcakes made with tuna), and buying 20 bags of frozen veggies may seem like a lot at one time but in actuality it is only 10 days of veggies for our house.
It is important to mention that not every day will you be eating something extravagant, and there will be quite a bit of simple meals but non the less they are healthy and they taste great! I make sure that we have a special meal of shrimp(bought a $5 a pound), salmon (my buy price is $4.99/lb) and steak (whatever I can get cheap and sometimes other cuts of meat that I turn into steaks) and ribs($1.99/lb is my goal). My family enjoys having that one special meal each week and it sure saves a lot of money compared to going out to eat for the same meal.
Each week look for the lowest priced fresh produce for your fruits, and my kids love things like carrots so when I can snag organic baby carrots for .99 a bag I stock up! I try to use as much organic products as I can and when I find a 3 pound bag of organic apples for .99 a pound I grab them up too 🙂 Bananas are always a cheap fruit to buy just about any season and looking in your local grocery stores reduced produce section you can score some great deals as well. This week I was able to snag 2 limes and 7 squash for only .57! Now you will find produce that you need to use up quickly there and if yours is like mine they will put random different things in the same package, like a head of lettuce and 2 oranges but at .40 you can’t beat it! Also look in your reduced bakery section for rolls and bread, this week I snagged 8 rolls (they were mixed between sour dough rolls, wheat rolls and a few others) and it was only $1.19 (normally the rolls are .50 a piece!)
Breakfast foods are easy to snag for cheap, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, and fruit are great for breakfasts and doing once a month cooking and making a HUGE Batch of pancakes and sticking them in the freezer is a great way to have healthy options for breakfast that are easy on the budget. Yogurt and a pint of blueberries (yes a full pint for 3 kiddos) is one of my kids favorite breakfasts. The kids always eat breakfast but hubby and I rarely do, neither of us are morning eaters but when we do eat breakfast is is normally fruit, toast yogurt or cereal.
Lunch time does not have to be a full blown cooked meal. In our house veggies with ranch dip, apples with peanut butter, sandwiches, leftovers, cracker and cheese are all options that we have for lunch, they are healthy and budget friendly. Not making a full blown cooked meal saves us money, and in a busy house there is no time for me to take an hour to make lunch:)
Making sure that you have snacks on hand, and stock up when you can find them on sale is important. Especially with little ones who need to have a snack during the day. Mine eat a snack between lunch and dinner everyday. My kids love having yogurt, goldfish cracker, crackers and cheese, fruit and granola bars for snack, and sometimes we go all out and make fruit smoothies!
Dinner is when the big guns come out to cook, this is where most of our daily budget for food is spent, which works for us because a lot of times the leftovers are what someone eats for lunch the next day 🙂
I make sure that in every meal my kids have fruits and/or veggies and milk at every meal and they get juice at snack time and during the rest of the day they drink water.
Before I overwhelm you with to much information for one day, I will stop now and let this all sink in 🙂 Make sure you come back tomorrow for Part 3 of Feeding Your Family Healthy Meals for Under $70 a week!
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