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alexdk
02-11-2011, 11:27 AM
I am looking for more ideas on how to eat on a low budget.

Does anyone have favourite blogs or website to share?

Thanks!

mommykicksbutt
02-11-2011, 11:47 AM
If you want cheap and down home from scratch you want the Hillbilly Housewife. She can get pretty churchy sometime but she's awesomely frugal with a food budget and she has some darn right dirt cheap recipes.

http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/

dbmamaz
02-11-2011, 11:49 AM
How about a frugal allergy-free blog or website! I feel like i dont even know where to start . . . even thinking seriously about buying grocery store meat instead of locally, ethically raised meat makes me crazy. I cant stand the way meat is processed in this country. and i dont see us going even semi-veggie, since hubby and younger son dont like beans and hubby is the only one who likes tofu.

SherryZoned
02-11-2011, 01:14 PM
Rice...We eat tons of rice.. keeps our grocery bill low and it is healthy.

dbmamaz
02-11-2011, 02:30 PM
Rice is dh and Raven's fave food in the world, but i had to take it out of Orion's diet for a month cuz he had the runs every OTHER time . . . after 2 mo, he seems ok . . . but i dont want to push it by making it a staple. we eat a lof of (organic) potatoes, not nearly as frugal. sigh. and gluten-free pasta. yeah.

SherryZoned
02-11-2011, 06:26 PM
Bummer Cara about the rice thing.. being frugal is hard when your kids can not have certain things.

Ana
02-16-2011, 01:48 AM
I run a Frugal Living forum (http://ana67.proboards.com/index.cgi?). It is a lot like Hillbillyhousewife but it is secular/all inclusive. In fact, Hillbillyhousewife is the very reason I started the forum, I got tired of the preachy, churchy stuff I had to sift through on a weekly basis. It has a recipe/cooking/OAMC/grocery challenge/crafts&sewing/homesteading/homeschooling/and general discussion area among other things.

jess
02-17-2011, 08:54 PM
How about a frugal allergy-free blog or website!
http://frugalabundance.com/ :)

Ana
02-17-2011, 09:10 PM
http://frugalabundance.com/ :)

Thanks! this looks good! Looks a lot like part of the Hillbillyhousewife. But still some good info.

dbmamaz
02-17-2011, 09:23 PM
http://frugalabundance.com/ :)

LOL well, it certainly isnt secular! It does, tho, make my limitations more clear. Because we have more allergies than just gluten and dairy, I find that cheaper meats (non-organic, or mass-processed) can make me sick. Sometimes canned foods will make me sick where the fresh ones dont. My family is not willing to eat a lot of things .. . i mean, MY HUSBAND . . not just the kids. My husband wont eat beans, or stews, or meatloaf (she has a whole big article about meatloaf). My kids wont eat chili. Raven wont eat vegetables. Or much else. A freind just suggested he could really use a feeding program to work on his limited diet. Yeah. Great. But i also think part of it is that hubby grew up poor and HATED eating crappy food. Idk, we dont HAVE to yet, and it doesnt seem likely to happen unless we really HAVE to spend a lot less. sigh.

Ana
02-17-2011, 09:59 PM
LOL well, it certainly isnt secular! It does, tho, make my limitations more clear. Because we have more allergies than just gluten and dairy, I find that cheaper meats (non-organic, or mass-processed) can make me sick. Sometimes canned foods will make me sick where the fresh ones dont. My family is not willing to eat a lot of things .. . i mean, MY HUSBAND . . not just the kids. My husband wont eat beans, or stews, or meatloaf (she has a whole big article about meatloaf). My kids wont eat chili. Raven wont eat vegetables. Or much else. A freind just suggested he could really use a feeding program to work on his limited diet. Yeah. Great. But i also think part of it is that hubby grew up poor and HATED eating crappy food. Idk, we dont HAVE to yet, and it doesnt seem likely to happen unless we really HAVE to spend a lot less. sigh.

wow! I feel for you. I cook it they eat it, if they don't like it they go hungry. I do not run a restaurant. I will make small allowances, but I refuse to cook several 'mini dinners' to make everyone happy. I bet 2 or 3 nights of not eating might make them like a few veggies?

dbmamaz
02-17-2011, 10:42 PM
I like the idea of running a restaraunt . . .cooking is my favorite way to nurture people. My mom was the same way - she had a degree in nutrition and a degree in food chemistry, helped write cookbooks and had her own business at one point preparing food for photo shoots. My husband had some traumatic food experiences as a kid (vomitting when a boarding school forced him to eat a food he said he couldnt eat) plus allergies, and he is not really willing to let our son cry for food because he 'should' eat a certain food. He eat a LOT of rice cakes . . . and i dont make mini-dinners, i jsut mostly only make food everyone will eat. Tho the other day the 7 yo asked for leftovers from the previous night instead of burgers. and i will make variations . . . like when I make enchiladas, Orion cant have tomato so I use leftover gravy instead of enchilada sauce for his, and for Raven I just use the base of Orion's filling (minus beans and olives) and make a soy-cheese quesidilla . . . which is really just as easy as saucing and filling and rolling and packing another enchilda anyways. I have ALWAYS made everyone their own pizza on pizza night. its . . . just what I do.

and that is probably the core of the problem - for me, feeding them food that brings them joy is as much a part of being a parent as providing an education they enjoy, or clothes they like. I dont spend a lot (no junk food, no eating out, clothes are from target - but they get to choose them). really hard for me to stop doing that without feeling like I'm neglecting my duties.

i appreciate the conversations, it really helps make things clearer to me.

Ana
02-17-2011, 10:45 PM
that may be the reason, I absolutely HATE cooking! I hate it with a passion which is odd because I use to love it. was rather good at one time. If I can con someone else into cooking, I sure would. That is the biggest reason I do OAMC, I only have to 'endure' one day of having to cook.

jess
02-17-2011, 10:52 PM
Because we have more allergies than just gluten and dairy, I find that cheaper meats (non-organic, or mass-processed) can make me sick.

I'm having this problem myself, lately. Well, my nursing baby is. I'm pretty sure she's reacting to the turkey we've been getting. I'm getting to my wit's end about what I *can* eat without making her break out in spots or having digestive issues.

dbmamaz
02-17-2011, 10:53 PM
Sorry Jess . . . thats why i buy my meat at Whole Paycheck . . .

alexdk
03-13-2011, 02:53 PM
I run a Frugal Living forum (http://ana67.proboards.com/index.cgi?). It is a lot like Hillbillyhousewife but it is secular/all inclusive. In fact, Hillbillyhousewife is the very reason I started the forum, I got tired of the preachy, churchy stuff I had to sift through on a weekly basis. It has a recipe/cooking/OAMC/grocery challenge/crafts&sewing/homesteading/homeschooling/and general discussion area among other things.

thanks for sharing! I am off to check it out!!

Ana
03-14-2011, 03:37 PM
it is new, just starting, but hopefully it will gain ground.

itsafoot
03-14-2011, 03:52 PM
http://grocerycartchallenge.blogspot.com/ is a great site. She budgets and feeds her family of 6 for $60.00 or less per week. She has some great tips and recipes. She does have some churchy stuff in there, but it is not overbearing.

Outofrange
03-14-2011, 11:13 PM
I find that I save a ton by meal planning and only grocery shopping every two weeks.

dbmamaz
03-15-2011, 10:43 AM
Every 2 weeks? you must have a freezer, right . . but still, how can fresh veggies last 2 weeks?

Outofrange
03-15-2011, 11:16 AM
Every 2 weeks? you must have a freezer, right . . but still, how can fresh veggies last 2 weeks?

I do have a chest freezer. We buy local organic/natural meat in bulk so we really need one. I really haven't had trouble with most fresh produce lasting over a week if stored properly in the fridge. The only thing that I have had trouble with is loose leaf lettuce. Broccoli, fresh green beans, squash, carrots, etc. do fine. I dont know, it just works for us.

wife&mommy
03-15-2011, 07:28 PM
if you want one broken down by cost, I love this blog. It has some odd things on it, not really the typical frugal meals, which I like. http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/

esantra
04-23-2011, 11:54 AM
www.couponchief.com has tons of online coupon codes.

ginnyjf
09-12-2011, 11:02 PM
Bumping this thread because I loved the suggestions and I'm looking for more!

One of my favorite sites is "Poor Girl Eats Well." (http://www.poorgirleatswell.com/) It's not a family-themed food blog, but we've loved many of her recipes. Zack asks for the Spiced Peach Oatmeal Parfaits almost every morning and they are very inexpensive to throw together.

mommykicksbutt
09-13-2011, 09:17 AM
Have you ever heard of http://www.thegrocerygame.com/ When I lived in the states and had both kiddos, the hubby, and my brother living all under one grocery bill this website more that halved my grocery bill. It is a paid site (requires a fee to take advantage of the information) but you'll get the money back on your first purchase via the savings. I always felt like I was robbing the grocery store though. Once at a CVS I had an overloaded cart full of stuff (cereal, TP, shampoo, anti-BO, etc), a fist full of coupons, my CVS loyalty card, and my CVS discount coupons. After everything was tallied, they owed me 19 cents, The clerk told me this had never happened to him before and had to call the manager, she told me I had to buy something else that would actually cost me something, so I bought a chocolate bar. After that the manager would have this defeated look on her face every time she saw me in her store. Like I said, I felt like I was robbing the place.

Denise Diskin Winchell
09-13-2011, 03:50 PM
Bummer Cara about the rice thing.. being frugal is hard when your kids can not have certain things.

Or diabetics in the family :(

Accidental Homeschooler
09-13-2011, 10:19 PM
Bumping this thread because I loved the suggestions and I'm looking for more!

One of my favorite sites is "Poor Girl Eats Well." (http://www.poorgirleatswell.com/) It's not a family-themed food blog, but we've loved many of her recipes. Zack asks for the Spiced Peach Oatmeal Parfaits almost every morning and they are very inexpensive to throw together.

I just checked out this one and am ready to start making soup. Thanks!