Each year at the sales in Jan and after the fourth of July I purchase shirts for our entire family. Girls get one color , boys get another the colors go together well for a photo. I buy all of the same (so no one gets hurt feelings.
At the Holidays in the summer and in the winter I gift these shirts (the summer ones are always in the birthday boxes) We take group photos (if a family can not travel I mail the shirts and ask for a photo for my gift)
This has worked so far. For Christmas this year the girls have blue the boys have grey.
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Yesterday I went to Winn Dixie with a friend we purchased with coupons
4 Turkeys and 3 Hams and Veggies enough for at least 6 months price $89.00 then we gifted it to a needy family help them to make room in the freezer and pantry for all of the items
We had rice and stuffing and pasta as well. We purchased a gift card for the local grocery so that they could buy milk and fresh produce and hopefully this will help the food dollars that they do have go a very long way!
Turkey at $.59 a pound Ham $1.49 per pound and pasta at .50 a box we had a full freezer and pantry when we were done helping stock!
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Life these days have been tough on everyone. We try to eat four meatless meals per week. Italian one night ravolli with just cheese filled, spaghetti with just sauce, Mexican tacos with just beans and rice no meat, Soup one night with salad and maybe some cheese, Eggs for dinner or Waffles or pancakes, I make chicken or turkey one night for a cheap meal and if there are leftovers we use it for lunches, This leaves us two evening meals we almost always have one with family that ends up being a pot luck, and Sunday we eat our main meal at lunch instead of a heavy meal for the evening.
This makes it easier to stay on budget we drink a lot of water use coupons for hygiene and cleaning products and every once and awhile I find a few for fruit (recently cranberries)
So with these strategies when everyone else is watching the food budget go up we have stayed the same or even dropped by $3.00 per week!
$130 covers all items we bring into the home all food, paper, cleaning , hygiene , even filters for the furnace and light bulbs so this is a tight budget but we have managed to stick to it for 3 years now.
Each week when I finish my food shopping. I divide things up into portion sized packages. I also take the time to make 3 loaves of bread one for breakfast , one for lunches and one for dinner meals. I also make a treat cookies rice krispy treats brownies etc. I make a double batch on the treat so that I have enough for lunches and desserts. I also hard boil some eggs. This way I am prepped for the week.
Breakfast breads are : Pumpkin, Banana Bread , Raisin
I make cookies, rice krispy , brownies, granola , any type of bar , sometimes I make pies
I make certain to make small packages of carrots or other sliced veggies and I divide up the meats into small portions
The breads for lunches can be rolls or french bread – for lunch I am looking at what makes a great sandwich
The dinner can be rolls or french bread - for dinner I look at what goes with the planned menu am I serving a soup this week I might want a french bread , is it a roast I might want to serve rolls with a turkey roast or ham.
Don’t forget to use the leftovers wisely if you have a roast for dinner one night you can make French Dips the next night using the French bread for the week.
slice up small and make a soup.
I almost always buy one or two large quantities on the meat and make it work for at least 4 or 5 meals if not more!
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