Friday, July 13, 2018

Update - Food Budget and Meals

Food Budget
It has been a very long time since I've shared about our food budget and meal plans.  We spend more money on food here in Ohio than we did in Washington and that isn't due to prices, that is due to my daughter eating a ton of food and my son eating almost as much!  Our current food budget is $350 a month and I would really like to get it below $300 but it works for right now.

We do most of our shopping at Aldi.  We didn't have an Aldi in Washington but I had heard about it over the years from others on the East Coast.  We have several in our area of Ohio and not only are the prices very cheap, but the products are mostly natural, without additives, etc.  I also get a few items at Kroger and a handful of items, like toiletries, at Walmart and Amazon.  I shop once a week and I no longer freezer cook, as I explained why in this post.  My Amazon and Walmart orders are shipped, but once in a while I may actually go into Walmart, but I try and stay away because I will find too much at Walmart that we don't really need.

I pay 98 cents a gallon for milk - yep, it is nice and cheap here!  Eggs are 48 cents a dozen and cheese is cheap too.  Potatoes are more expensive than what we paid in Washington, as are apples, but everything else is cheaper here in Ohio.

Meals
I've been using different meals and trying new ones.  I found several that we like from a mom of 8 kids, that only spends $350 for her family (WOWZER!).  Her meals are delicious so far, you can find a lot on her blog.  My favorites from her are the puffed pancake (I add 1/2t cinnamon, tastes like french toast but SO easy to make!!) and chicken stew.

Some of our recent meals:

Macaroni & Cheese with Hot Dog slices - 5qt dish full lasts 2 days
Tacos - I add a can of refried beans to stretch them
Homemade pizza
Chicken Stew
Beans & Rice in Instapot
Baked "Fried" chicken
Cheeseburger Helper
Manicotti
Kielbasa, Potato and Green Beans
Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
Turkey skillet with Green Beans

Our breakfast, lunches and snacks consist of:

Oatmeal
Eggs or egg sandwiches
Puffed Pancakes
Fruit & veggies/hummus
Boiled eggs
Burritos
Chips & Salsa
Trail Mix
PBJ
Yogurt & Granola
Cereal

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