Now, about $50 per week for food… where can I find a blog that can help me plan out a cheap and easy menu? (Other than this one, of course.)
To Caitlin: there are several blogs that specifically address tiny food budgets. I’d click on the Frugal Hacker link on Home Ec 101 to find some. And of course, I bet Ivy is going to take up the challenge and give us some ideas!!
Of all the blogs I dig, the one I dig the most is Like Merchant Ships. There are several reasons for this. First, Meredith has the most beautiful pictures. Seriously, there’s something very tasty and inviting about Meredith’s pictures. And I’ve been to her home, and it is just as warm and inviting and fabulous as it is in the pictures. Secondly, because Meredith’s writing is engaging, interesting, and easy to read, which is a godsend compared to some of the complex crap I have to muddle through every day. Third, because Meredith really “does the do”, as one of my bosses would say. She embraces her Christian values and really lives them. And not in a scary, “do as I say or you’re all going to hell” kind of way- but in the way it SHOULD be done, in a kind, “love your neighbor” kind of way. And yes, she writes a heck of a lot about budget menus and other things. If you’re not reading Meredith, you should be.
Money Saving Mom has a budget of just $40 a week for her groceries. She did have a $35 menu plan, but we gave her permission to raise the budget by $5, what with prices going up and all. (Go read this post to see what I’m joking around here about.) Money Saving Mom is a master couponer and posts about her deals all the time. Really, I am impressed. I’m horrid about couponing myself, because I’m always trying to kill all the paper clutter, so coupons tend to get thrown away. Someday, I hope to be as good of a couponer and better about not throwing good coupons away as Money Saving Mom.
Not blogs, but good places to save money on the grocery budget:
Hillbilly Housewife– has been taken over by someone new, but still has great advice, AND a much better look. The site has $45 and $70 budget menus, and a whole bunch of other recipes, tips, and advice.
Angel Food Ministries- Get a bunch of food, super cheap. Unfortunately, it’s not available in all areas. However, they are always accepting new churches to become distribution sites, so there’s that. There are no income requirements; each person who uses Angel Food Ministries enables the program to get bigger and better. It’s heavy on the meat and processed foods. But if you intersperse the processed food with great, healthy, natural foods and use the frozen and other shelf-stable items to build up your pantry of items to toss in the oven or microwave for those days when you just can’t bear to cook.
Finally, Allrecipes. It has a recipe finder that you can plug in both what you have, and what you don’t have, and come up with some tasty goodness out of the nothing that appears to be in your refrigerator.
That should get y’all started, and feel free to link to your favorites in the comments! Now I’m off to write about home improvement, gardening, and parenting. And tonight, I’ll show you guys how to do something. Tres exciting!