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Old 02-03-2018, 04:18 PM
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My grocery bill for food only is under $100 per week for 1 adult and 2 children. I use Flipp and I barely buy any prepared or grocery items - I make everything from scratch. If you can cut out cereals, cold cuts, frozen foods, prepared foods and drinks you can really save. Yesterday we had a PD day and for example we had oatmeal and berries for breakfast, we had homemade mac n' cheese for lunch and roasted chicken legs an potatoes for dinner and some fruits for snack (bananas and apples) and milk and water to drink and we all ate three meals for under $15 worth of groceries. Good luck!


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Deal with the picky eaters.

Have everyone assist in planning the meals. Everyone takes something from all the meal parts. Donít eat the. You can wait for the
Next meal.

Stop enabling picky eaters.

Then keep on a strict cash basis weekly shop. Everyone has to come and help
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The best way I have found is online shopping with pickup at the store. I add things to my cart as we need them and hit order to pickup the next day when I'm ready. You can see the running total and it's seriously cut down on all impulse shopping.
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I grew up with a single mother on assistance. I didnt realize how much of a challenge it was for her to feed four kids. Ways she did were as follows:

1. Coupons and flyers. They didnt have apps so we would go with our coupon box and stack of flyers and buy only what was on sale or had coupons for.
2. We had a giant freezer that she would fill with meats and breads on sale. Its funny how my partner (and my brothers in law) hate how we can all eat frozen bread but its how we were raised.
3. Making meals stretch. My mom would make a giant roast on Sunday and we would eat it again a couple times that week.
4. Frozen veggies and fruits. While its always nice to eat fresh, in the winter its difficult to save so we would eat frozen veggies and my mom would use canned or frozen fruit for stuff.

We also used a lot of powdered milk 🤢

My partner put his foot down with me throwing away so much food as he was living in his car and a shelter during his separation. I took this to heart and I plan all our meals. He is probably not as picky as a kid is but he tends to come home and not want what Ive prepped. So he makes do with what I have that isnt planned. That planning cuts down on waste and helps stretch the dollars. If something is getting close to going bad I try to use it for an omelet or soup or something else.

You may also need to get tough with your kids on what they can get away with. I hated bread pudding and rice pudding and freezing veggies from the farmers market and never having the cool lunch at school but we also had a roof over our heads and food on the table so we didnt complain.
EEEEEEK - I laughed when I read this - I absolutely HATE rice pudding! My mother used to make that all the time. I can recall crying about having to eat it.

We had roast EVERY Sunday and I remember eating it for many days afterwards. I grew up in a fairly affluent home but my parents both lived through the depression so they were quite frugal. My mom used to save and reuse tinfoil many times.
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The best way I have found is online shopping with pickup at the store. I add things to my cart as we need them and hit order to pickup the next day when I'm ready. You can see the running total and it's seriously cut down on all impulse shopping.
I've never considered this. I thought online was only for places like Whole Foods? Which stores offer this? Great idea.
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Deal with the picky eaters.

Have everyone assist in planning the meals. Everyone takes something from all the meal parts. Donít eat the. You can wait for the
Next meal.

Stop enabling picky eaters.

Then keep on a strict cash basis weekly shop. Everyone has to come and help
I think people pander children way too much. Friend of mine swore her kid wouldn't eat vegetables. Now child is a 18-year-old who is practically a vegetarian.

If a person is hungry enough they will eat what you cook. Unless, of course, it is something like rice pudding.....
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EEEEEEK - I laughed when I read this - I absolutely HATE rice pudding! My mother used to make that all the time. I can recall crying about having to eat it.



We had roast EVERY Sunday and I remember eating it for many days afterwards. I grew up in a fairly affluent home but my parents both lived through the depression so they were quite frugal. My mom used to save and reuse tinfoil many times.


I have a funny rice pudding story that upsets me as I look back now since I know how hard my mom worked to make the money stretch.

We also used to recycle milk bags...the clear ones not the big one!
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I've never considered this. I thought online was only for places like Whole Foods? Which stores offer this? Great idea.
Walmart and Loblaws are the ones I use.
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Who is going to buy all the President's Choice Pesto Bazil sauce?! Rosewater sales just went down 90% too!
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Unless, of course, it is something like rice pudding.....
Rice pudding is awful. Its like eating vanilla maggots. Ick.
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