As in most families, our grocery budget hasn't gone up as fast as our family size has. We have a family of 7, and feeding our family on a limited budget can be challenging at times. Stretching our grocery budget has at times become a necessity, and creativity is key to make it happen sometimes.
Sometimes I need to make food go farther. Ground beef is something we use a lot of, and making it go farther helps out our budget. I will also sometimes add rice to our ground beef to stretch it. We usually use this trick when we are making taco's.
We use a lot of side dishes. A salad is good with things like spaghetti or other pasta dishes. Applesauce is a good side dish. Veggies and fruits are also good things to use as side dishes~we've used them both raw and cooked.
We use bread a lot. This may not be a good thing for every family, but our family loves bread and butter. It's even better if it is homemade bread!
We eat a meatless meal once a week (or more). Our favorites are Cheese and Bacon Quiche or French Toast.
I make a dessert. Dessert doesn't have to be anything fancy~cookies, puddings, or a cake. Our kids LOVE it when we have dessert (although, really, don't we all!).
Feeding a family of any size can sometimes be difficult on a budget. What are some things you do to stay within your budget?
Have a great day!