As a mom of 2 1/2 on a budget I am always trying to fill up my hungry bunch with healthy foods, while trying to maintain a weekly food budget of $100.00! Most weeks I come with in $25.00 of this goal with coupons and meal plans, but recently I have found that I am in a slump.
If you’ve been in such a slump you know what I mean. When you could practically photo copy your weekly list, and use it from week to week your there So what are we to do about it? Not wanting to go over budget, and having the luxury of non picky eaters this mama has been surfing the net, and is going to try some new recipes for $10.o0 or less!
There are several sites, shows, blogs, and article devoted to menus that claim to produce yummy meals for $10.00 or less to feed a family of four. I am just starting and will keep you updated, but what I have found so far is that this should be pretty easy. Some of my regular meals are even pretty cheap and would fall into this category but that’s not the goal here, the goal is new and fresh on the cheap!
The system seems to be buy on sale and in season, and think fresh. Believe it or not it is cheaper to eat fresh and in season than processed Obviously it’s healthier and tastes better to! So think beyond the #ramon noodles and lets dive in.
Here is my list for this week along with my top sites I found. But think outside th box. I found it helpful to assign a guesstimated dollar amount to each item on my list so I could add up and stay on track. If an item was over I found a sub or ditched it all together. You can also check your local adds to see whats on sale so there is no surprise and plan for a week trying to use in season or on sale items in multiple dishes.
My Menu this week for Dinners
Grilled Pork Chops, Corn on the cob, fruit salad www.foodnetwork.com
Hot Dog Bar , Chips, Corn Salad ( use left over corn) www.grillmaster.com
Paninis, Cheese Tort pasta salad www.tasteofhome.com
Steak Salad on the grill, grilled bread,home made frozen yogurt www.foodnetwork.com
Home Made Pizza, Fruit salad kabobs, yogurt dip www. just me:)
I hope this inspires you to mix it up a bit for your family. Even if you are on a budget ! I would love to hear what you come up with
-Juggling Mama yum!0