Quoting B-Baby:" so what are some ideas you ladies have to budget to make extra money for food? getting rid of cable is ... [snip!] ... of money spent on gas! We never go out.. i feel like alll our money is spent on gas bills and food after our $200 runs out... "
Meal plan like crazy and cut coupons!
Doing things like buying a whole chicken instead of expensive chicken breasts is a huge saver for us. You bake the chicken, serve it with veggies and rice or something, then you divide the rest into at LEAST two other meals. I can usually get 3 meals out of a big chicken and thats with 4 kids and 2 adults.
Pull ALL the chicken off - one night you can buy a box of pasta (1.00), A jar of Alfredo sauce (1.80) and a head of broccoli for around 1.00. Thats literally 5.00 for a meal with the chicken added .
The night after, you can do a chicken noodle soup. A bag of egg noodles (1.00), a pot of water (free!) and a stock base or bullion (sp? lol and this is something you buy once and month or so and use over and over) (say .20 worth of boullion) and a bag of mixed vaggies (1.00) Add the chicken. Another meal with meat and veggies for less than 5.00.
BEFORE you go to the store, you should sit down and find everything thats on sale that week, and plan cheap meals around whats on sale. If chicken is on sale, you eat chicken that week, if beef is cheaper, you eat beef. Supplement the meat with cheap and filling sides such as pasta, rice and beans. Then you add a veggie - only buy what you need. If you have 7 meals planned, you buy just what you need for those 7 meals.
For Lunches, lunch meat and a loaf of bread stretches pretty far.
For breakfasts, eggs are incredibly cheap and very healthy.