Cooking for a Family of 4 On a Budget

The standard family size is usually four, two parents and two children. However, there are families that are quite large, with 3, 4, even 5 or more children. No matter how many children you have, it can be difficult to cook enough food to feed everyone, especially on a budget. As a mom of two, I have had to learn how to prepare meals and make food items stretch to not spend a great deal on groceries each month. Below are a few of my favorite tips to get you started spending less to feed your growing family.

Shop Sales
Learn how to shop sales in your area. If you have a store such as Publix, then you know that buy one get one sales happen each week. Learn how to shop these sales to be able to take advantage of the best deals. You can easily begin to stock your pantry with staples, always having something on hand to prepare.

Add in Coupons
By learning to shop sales, you can then add in coupons which will help you to save even more. Coupons help you earn money off an item and if you have a store that doubles coupons, you earn even more savings. By learning how to use coupons and sales, you will be able to plan your weekly grocery shopping to get the best deal.

Stretch Your Meals
I commonly stretch meals to spend less on groceries. For example, one meal I stretch is Chili. If I find hamburger meat on sale, I buy one extra can of beans and tomatoes. I purchase two pounds of meat and prepare the chili, saving the extra cans of beans and tomatoes. We then eat the chili and I put what is left in the fridge. The next day I add the extra cans and we have chili again. I stretched the meat to last two days, with many times having enough left over for my husband’s work lunch.

By learning how to stretch your meals you can save money on dinner, which can be the most costly meal of the day. Stretching meat is a must. You can purchase large packs of chicken breast and then come home to wrap them in aluminum foil or plastic to break up the pack. You may have spent $10 for the pack but if you can get three meals out of the entire pack of chicken, then you are only paying $3.33 for meat for your meal, not too shabby for a family of four!