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Goal For September: Feed 8 for $500

August 24th, 2008 at 01:55 am

My parents have recently moved in with my already large family of 6. This now makes it so I have to figure out how to feed 4 adults and 4 children on a budget of $500!

I figure if I can make our dinners at $8 each night for 30 days (= $240) that leaves

$120 for breakfast

$100 for lunch items

$40 for diapers,cleaning supplies, and Misc needed items!

If anyone knows how I can make decent meals for cheap...PLEASE let me know!


8 Responses to “Goal For September: Feed 8 for $500”

  1. Amber Says:

    Wow, I use to plan out dinner along with lunch and snacks for a month saving me a ton. Why did I stop? Laziness, but it helped. I also stop buying carbonated drinks, drinking more water
    A lot have bloggers have started gardens which I am considering myself
    good luck

  2. Personal Finance Student Says:

    I have used several of the recipes listed on www.hillbillyhousewife.com. I have used their biscuit mix recipe a lot while saves money on buying Bisquick (my son LOVES waffles). I have also really liked the book Make-a-Mix Cookbook, their muffin mix is really good and I use that a lot for breakfast as well. You could also look into Angel Food Ministries (www.angelfoodministries.com), it's basically a co-op of sorts without any commitment or qualifying needed, but you get a good amount of food for $30. They say the $30 will feed a family of 4 for a week with just a few other basic items. (I only buy one menu for our family of 2 adults and 1 toddler and have leftovers at the end of the month, because we don't eat that much meat.)

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    There is a book called Once a Month Cooking or something like that. It's really amazing. I don't have a big enough freezer to do it, but if I did, I probably would do it. I do Once a Week cooking for my lunches to take with me to work. It works out great, because I eat healthier food than what I could buy near my work and I save tons of money and time. I tend to buy things like barley, rice, pasta, and some kind of meat and vegetables. I frequently make some kind of soup or stew. I put them into serving size containers in the fridge and freezer. When I make dinner in the evening, I also make lunch (including one of my containers with soup, fresh fruit, peanut butter crackers, and vitamins) for the next day and put it in the fridge. The next morning, I take out my lunchbox and set it by the door to take with me. At about the same time, I make sure I take another lunch out of the freezer to thaw for the next day.

    I have heard some moms say that cloth diapers are the way to go for serious money savings.

    Also, instead of buying sodas/coffee out somewhere, take a thermos of coffee or tea with you to work. It's much cheaper and requires little to no effort to do.

    For breakfast, I would say go simple. I eat a lot of oatmeal or granola cereal, both of which are fairly cheap. Also, maybe eggs, toast, english muffins. However, it is debateable what really is cheap food these days with food prices going up so high. But anything you make at home is bound to be better for you and cheaper that something you buy out.

  4. Personal Finance Student Says:

    I just blogged about the Angel Food Ministries for those interested. I gave more info and shared a photo of my first order (well, most of it). Good luck Heather!

  5. fern Says:

    wow! Well, i would be of no use to you as i cook for one, but i guess i would be thinking: slow cooker, bulk cooking, and filling up that oven when when firing it up so that you have leftovers. These are all time savers more than $ savers, but the others above had some good (and varied) ideas. Good luck.

  6. Original MomCents Says:

    Thank you all... I definitely will have to check out those site. I used to do Once a Month cooking, but my husband said all the food tasted the same! (He is a little picky!)

    I am going to work on a list tonight. I will let ya'll know what I come up with.
    Thanks again!

  7. mom-sense Says:


    I have been in this exact situation - but had four adults and five children. We had a fairly consistent menu: one night pasta, one night chicken, one night soup/salad/sandwich, two nights ground beef, one night breakfast food, and remaining night leftovers.
    My kids love waffles, so we'd do that along with hashbrowns and sausage or a quiche. Make enough waffles to freeze. You can add chocolate chips or frozen blueberries to change things up.
    For pasta, I always wait for our favorite ravioli and tortellini to go on sale buy one/get one. Make turkey or ground beef meatballs. Make your own garlic bread.
    Get a turkey breast from Sams Club or Costco for Sunday dinner - use leftovers to make homemade soup.
    We eat a lot of PB&J muffins for lunch - simple recipe - can freeze - my kids love them.
    Use the crockpot for double batches of chili and stewe, and freeze in single size servings.
    We only eat the fruit that is in season and on sale (this requires at least store visits twice a week).
    Skip Yoplait yogurt. Buy plain in a tub and add fresh fruit that you've diced, canned, or frozen. Jelly and jam can also be added.
    Skip anything that is convenience or single serving sizes.
    Snacks: crackers and cheese or peanutbutter, popcorn kernels popped in the hot air popper, Jell-O with canned fruit, fruit and yogurt dip/cream cheese dip/generic whipped topping (not the healthiest).

    Good luck !

  8. Kristin Sellars Says:

    Here is a cheap and easy recipe that everyone in our house likes. We are feeding 4 adults and 2 kids here too. Good luck!

    Cody's Chili Corn Bread Casserole (From www.mommyskitchen.net)

    1 lb. hamburger, browned, (drained)
    Cup chopped onion
    1 can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
    2 can chili beans, I use Bush's Chili Beans (do not drain)
    tsp. onion powder
    3 tsp. chili powder
    tsp. garlic salt
    salt & pepper
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup additonal cheddar cheese for batter (optional)
    (2) packages Jiffy Corn Muffin

    Mix Brown hamburger with onion and drain. Add Tomatoes, chili beans and seasonings. Simmer for 15 minutes. Put into greased 9x13 pan and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top. Mix corn bread mix according to box directions. (I add some cheese to the corn muffin mix before pouring it on top) Pour corn muffin mix on top of the chili and cheese cover completely. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

    * I use a packet of chili seasoning mix and omit all the spices. Add about a 1/4 cup of additional water to the meat mixture.

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