This is a FREE MENU. It is the same menu that I am using to feed my family of 6 on roughly $100.00 a week. So if this can be something that blesses me and my family, and someone else then awesome. Please read this page first and remember…we are living in the US, with stoves in a kitchen…even dishwashers…so if we spend some extra $ on a nicer piece of meat fine, we can…but we can do with a whole lot less if we want to, and should be thankful for the things we have.
- I have been using various methods over the last 5 years to learn how to cook with a budget i n mind, and still make food that tastes good. I have a lot of books and even computer programs to help me in menu planning, grocery shopping etc. I have used menus4moms.com off and on and typically really like her system–but more and more her menus don’t line up with my families tastes or budget so I am going to give a try at structuring my own. But if my menus don’t appeal to you, I recommend checking out that site.
- THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!!!!! is that if something sounds gross, or you don’t have the ingredients, or the kids are puking all day DON”T FOLLOW THE MENU! I am a firm beliver in having a moderately stocked freezer and pantry. But We all have to start somewhere. If anyone is really interested in anything I am doing, I am happy to share…just ask.
- I am starting small—only posting dinner and not too much cost analysis…and we will see how it goes. I welcome any feedback.
- I really like to do Once a month cooking (oamc) so I use aspects of that in my planning.
- I want to use as organic and as local AS REASONABLY POSSIBLE. I can not buy local, organic tomatoes in CNY in January! So, if you have items that you prefer to use by all means do so.
- If an item is not listed on the Grocery List–It is because I already have it in my house—please edit your grocery list for YOU. Also, I use a grocery list software that I have not figured how to link to the blog yet. But it is a free download from homeplansoftware.com And totally worth it!
- Last but not least…I once posted a link (long ago on another message board) to a menu that was very bare bones…I’m talking beans and bacon…in response to a request for the MOST economical way to feed a family…the person posted a response that said basically “thanks but no thanks, I like my kids to have fruits and veggies!” I just want to point out: If you are only spending $50 a week on the essentials you STILL have money left over to buy the fresh stuff! The point is THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX~ Do not be limited by what I post.
- Menus are arranged in the Pages section, by date. Any notes or grocery notes are arranged under the parent menu. So take a look, read through the corresponding posts and ENJOY!