We live in a world of small families where most houses are built to house 5 people, parking spots are designed for compact cars, and it seems most families are living on two incomes. Managing our home, finances and just getting around all looks a bit different for a family with more than 2 kids! Join me as I share how our family of 10 lives the large family way in a small family world.
Over a month ago when I planned out this series I had no idea that the last couple of weeks would include racing out of town to be with family after my dad's death, or that friends in town would be providing my family meals while I was gone. Life does not always happen the way you plan it, flexibility is important. While I still plan to stick to around $75 a week when shopping, this week I'll still be pulling things from the freezer/pantry and doing very little shopping. Family Feasts for $75 a week is the inspiration for this series, but I'm not sure I can stick to that with a family of 9. We will see!
Something I should mention is that after moving all over with the military I notice that prices are different in other areas of the country so what I'm able to get may not be what you find. Also, I'm able to shop on base at the commissary with does help with my budget a bit. I buy my grains and some other things in bulk through Azure Standard co-op; if you have a drop in your area I highly recommend buying through them.
I have not had the time to do all of the math for these meals, I hope that next week I'll be able to do a better job of this.
Lunch- church potluck we will take chili and maybe cupcakes
Breakfast-Baked Oatmeal $9 (for the whole week including maple syrup and some fruit)
Lunch- Nachos (one bag of organic chips from Costco will last us a week; about $4.50), cheese $1 if there is leftover meat or toppings around we will add those, but my kids like these plain.
Dinner- Chicken Sandwiches (freezer), sweet potato fries (freezer) and salad (I'll buy organic spinach from Costco for about $3.50)
Breakfast- Baked Oatmeal
Lunch- Whole wheat bread, butter, and apple butter $2.50? have not priced out the baking the break or the homemade apple butter.
Dinner- Split pea soup using the ham bone from Christmas, homemade chicken broth, and left over veggies that were frozen maybe $2 (this will make enough to freeze some and have some leftovers!) and homemade whole wheat bread (I have not priced this out yet, I'll get to it though!)
Breakfast- Baked Oatmeal
Lunch- leftover soup
Dinner- pasta w/sauce (pantry about $3.50) and meatballs (freezer)
Breakfast- Twice Baked Oatmeal (left over baked oatmeal all mixed together, add an egg or two and bake again!)
Lunch- pinto beans and chips (
Dinner- Lasagna, salad, and bread (from freezer, had been delivered by a friend two weeks ago)
Breakfast- Dutch Babies (also known as German pancakes)
Dinner- Family movie or game night! Homemade pizza, salad and homemade microwave carmel corn (about $5 total)
Lunch-biscuits and gravy
Snacks will be
Cuties bought a couple of weeks ago on sale $2.99
Apples bought through azure standard co-op $1 a pound
Pop corn (I'll have to price that out later)
I'll purchase two gallons of milk which should get us through the week that should be about $6 around here.