Dollar Stretcher Family Meals sounds unrealistic to some, but if you are looking to cut costs on your grocery bill or simply just can’t afford to spend the money, these types of meals come in quite handy and soon become a way of life. For us, the first thing we had to do was have the desire to change our way of thinking on how our family spends money on groceries and eats. At first we just did it because it was good for our health, finances, and peace of mind, But soon we started to love this frugal lifestyle.
If we look at the rewards of any goal, it helps us to stick with it. So I’ve been thinking of ways our family can continue living frugally and eating from our “home food storage”. With the money we save, we would have more money to have better health, peace of mind, and a safety net for our family.
In order to continue to accomplish living frugally, we’ve mapped out a plan to:
- Grow and Preserve our Family Garden
- Buy Foods In Bulk- right now I’m researching websites including Amazon to buy more of our foods in bulk starting with powdered milk.
- Continue to Cook our Family Meals from Scratch
- Learn to Love Eating Whole Foods-this means trying something new that is more healthy ex: new vegetable or other types of foods.
- Eat Sale Priced Foods- we will grow our food storage by buying foods that are on sale.
- Cut down our trips to the grocery store
- Continue to Eat at Home-Dinner at the table
By continuing or starting these steps, we can continue to live frugally and have Dollar Stretcher Family Meals.
Here’s our meal plan for the week:
I meal plan at the beginning of each week. For me, it’s Sunday mornings when the house is quite and everyone’s still sleeping. I try and manage a decent frugal grocery budget and not go to the grocery store on a weekly basis unless we need dairy products like milk. Weekly meal planning saves our family money, reduces food waste, and keeps us from the urge to say, “Let’s eat out!”
My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:
(served with fruit)
French toast casserole
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Scrambled, Fried, or Hard-Boiled Eggs
Mini Apple Pies or Turnovers
Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad, turkey salad, leftover meats, grilled cheese, blt, pb&j)
Leftovers from dinner
Homemade Pizza Pockets
Suppers Your Family Will Love
Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu. I enjoy menu planning because of the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to have more free time to focus on my family and home. For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.
Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week, given time to cook and photograph )
Note: an asterisk* means it’s from the freezer
Sunday: Sunday Supper~Roasted Chicken Breasts, Parmesan Cheese Risotto, Steamed Broccoli
Monday: Cheesy Beans & Rice Casserole(we get our rice in bulk and it’s a great staple)~Frugal and Easy!
Wednesday: Poor Boy Casserole – simple recipe to make; it’s affordable and a dollar stretching meal!
Thursday: Pasta Hamburger Casserole- serve with applesauce and fresh veggies (sounds like a lot of casseroles for one menu, but casseroles were made to be frugal and they tastes good. Serve with homemade rolls.)
Friday: Family Favorites Night~ Homemade Pizza-serve with veggie platter
Saturday: Shepherd’s Pie -serve with cornbread.
Dessert of the Week:
Gelatin Poke Cake made with Homemade Yellow Cake mix
For more great family recipes, be sure to visit my new recipe box page.