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Did you read How to save $200 a month on food? If not you should check it out before you read this post…
Now that you have some tips on saving money on food, I want to share with you the secret of how I only spend $100 a week on food to feed my family of 6.
First, let me start by saying I only have to feed myself and Ryan for Breakfast and Lunch. Sometimes, The Husband. But other than that the boys eat at school.
Step 1: Plan your budget.
I always look at my planner. I use the Monthly planner by Erin Condren. For this part, I look at how many weeks I have in the month. Some months have 4 weeks and some have 5.
For the month of November, I have a little over 4 weeks. So I look at my budget of $400 dollars. With that $400 in mind, I head over to Sam’s Club.
I take $35 per week (adding up to $140) and spend that on meat only.
If you have a smaller family this amount of meat will last a lot longer.
Step 2: Divide and Conquer
Spending $140 on meat at Sam’s adds up. Having large amounts of meat, I get home and divide the meat up and put it into large baggies.
Pro-Tip: Do not buy meat that’s cut or shaped already.
Example: Buy the pork loin that is still one chunk of meat, but the hamburger meat and not the formed burger patties.
Step 3: Plan out your week.
For this step, I take inventory of all the meat and what kind of meat I have. This will help me plan out my week of meals a lot easier.
Now that I know what kind of meat I have I can start the planning process.
I sit down and plan out meals (dinners) for the week. I keep in mind that I have $65 a week on sides. With that in
Now that I have all my dinners planned I start my shopping list. All the things that I know I will need to make my meal complete.
Step 4: Shopping
As stated in “How to save $200 a month on food” I stick to Wal-Mart pick-up. The reason I do this is so that I can keep an eye on how much I’m spending and I can easily stay on budget.
I can also take things off that are not a “must-have” for dinner. This also helped me stay healthy and pick healthier options.
And that’s how it’s done. That’s how I stick to $400 a month to feed my family of 6 dinners.
To save more money we do not eat out often (like ever). Having a big family makes eating out expensive.
I hope this has