If you have a large family you may want to learn a few tips that will lower your food bill. I am the mother to six children and for most of their lives; we were a one income family. Needless to say, I had to find ways to feed my children on a small budget. The price of food is sky-rocketing and many are struggling to put food on the table.
Grow From Scraps
I recently tried growing food from scraps in my kitchen window and let me tell you it works! I used plastic cups, filled them with water and placed the scraps in the cup. I am growing celery (place with the stalk side pointing towards the ceiling) and romaine lettuce. Not only will I be able to provide fresh food for my family, but I will be saving money as well.
Buy in Bulk
I’m sure that you have read article after article telling you that you should buy in bulk. I am here to tell you that is not always the case. You need to pay attention to the price of a bulk item as well as how much of the item you get for the price. However, having said this you can save money when buying in bulk. I shop at Sam’s Club a lot, but I know what will save me money and what won’t. Start writing down the prices of food items you buy, how much you are buying and compare. Before you know it, you will find out if buying in bulk will actually save you money or cost you money.
With the coupon craze that is hitting America, it goes without saying that coupons can save you money. I’m not saying you need to be an extreme couponer, but you can save money on products that you use on a regular basis. I use coupons every time shop and I have actually been paid to bring items home from the store! A weekend paper is worth the small investment. You will be amazed at how cheaply you can get food that you buy on a regular basis when you use coupons. (Coupons also save you a lot of money on toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc.)
If you have picky children like I do, they may not want to eat leftovers. I found a solution! Turn leftovers into a new dish. For example, if we have chicken one night for dinner the next day I will de-bone the chicken and make chicken wraps for lunch. It cost me no more than $2 dollars to feed a family of six lunch! You may have to think-outside-the-box, but once you get used to ‘tricking’ your kids into thinking they are not eating leftovers, you will be surprised at much money you save.