I like to keep feeing my family simple, I prefer to use the Stocked Pantry Method. I have tried the menu planning method but for me it ended up costing me more, and involved more time.
I confess that when I go shopping I have a bizarre habit. I like to peek in the baskets of the customers around me at the check out line. It gives me a peek into their lives. Think about it when you go to the grocery store what you put in your cart tells people a lot about who you are and what your values are. Believe me it does. Many years ago I was a cashier and I played the same game and would check out what people put in their carts then.
Food Prices are going up, they have gone up %, chances they are that they will continue to go up.
I like to feed my family good nutritious food. As a family, we do not adhere to any one cooking style, such as Weston Price, Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo, though I do incorporate elements of each into a meals. We eat Real Food here. I define real food as food that is mininally processed and as as close to nature as God intended it to be. What that means for us is that typically I do NOT buy prepackaged or processed food. When we eat dinner or pack our lunches for school we do so with real food that was prepared at home.
- We eat gluten light (not free ) I am gluten free but the kids are not – so anything I prepare for the family will be gluten free but we do have regular bread in the house for the kids. I don’t bother buying special gluten free foods for myself, no gluten free bread, rolls etc. I just prefer to do without. The exception is a gluten free pasta that I get so I can eat spaghetti with the family once a month.
- We do not drink a lot of milk, a gallon generally lasts us a week, the biggest consumer of milk is my dh. I am dairy free but the kids and husband do eat cheese. I buy a minimally processed preferable local cheese but when they are not available I will buy the big blocks of Kerry Gold or Cabot’s Vermont.
- One pound of meat is enough to feed our family of 5 for at least one meal, usually with leftovers.
I confess I do buy packaged food from time to time, but we aim for the 80/20 rule. Eat 80% of our meals at home from unprocessed/unpackaged food. I will buy the occasional treat like store bought cake and ice cream for my son’s birthday the other day. But that only happens a couple of times a year.
If you were to run into me at the big grocery store you would be likely to find the following in my cart.
- baking soda
- washing soda
- dish soap
- dishwasher detergent (I am looking for a good alternative to this, let me know if you have one)
- sale produce
- white vinegar – by the gallon
- herbal teas
- Natural Peanut Butter with no added sugar
- Whole Wheat loaf bread for the kids, with no High Fructose Corn Syrup – read the labels closely, even though some brands advertise right on them they have no HFCS.
- organic salad greens
- organic spinach
- whole cooked rotisserie chicken –at $6.99 – this gives me a break on busy days and keeps us away from the fast food places
- big bags of brussel sprouts
- baby carrots
- Lara Bars
- oatmeal – for making our Homemade Cliff Bars
- cheese – I find mini bell and Kerry Gold Cheese at mine. – no sliced cheese at our house.
- Sale produce
- Nature Well Meats – on sale
- Smart Chicken - on sale
- Organic Cereal – yes my little local store is the best place to get Organic breakfast cereal.
- Pop corn – they have big bags for us to pop our corn in the Whirly Pop.
- dried beans - they have a HUGE variety bigger than the big store.
- bulk grains - brown rice, buckwheat groats
- We get a meat share about every other week – this runs us $32.50 for hormone free grass fed local meat. I can chose to opt in from week to week and I am not obligated to purchase each week, they also offer breakfast shares and produce shares.
- meat about $20 worth of the sale meats offered by local producers
- produce in season.
- buckwheat noodles (gluten free option for the whole family)
- artichoke flower pasta (gluten free option for the whole family)
- raw walnuts
- I grow easy to grow foods
- We also have an orchard,that came with the property, that has
After writing this I wished I could have included my food expenditures for you, but alas I did not think to save my receipts and it can vary from month to month, since I do take advantage of sales and stock up, If hard pressed to put a number on it I would have to say I feed my family of 5 for about $500-$600 in an average month.
How about you do you have any secrets to feeding your family?
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