Am I the only one who feels like they need to rob a bank to buy groceries these days. man, they have gotten really expensive. So that has made me think.... how much does it really cost to feed a family of four. That and I need to cut my grocery bill by at least 1/3! It'll be a little easier now that little one has braces. That will cut down on the junk food!
Today, I went to that store I hate, and won't name, to buy the can and box items and a few frozen things. Then I went to Winn-Dixie, I love them, and bought my meat. They have this wonderful thing where they put selected meats on sale for BOGO. That's how a make my menu. I buy whats on sale and build around it.
After I returned from the store I broke everything into meal portions and put them in the freezer. Then I took a sheet of paper and planned a week worth of meals around what I had and what I bought. In perfect honesty there are 3 things I have to go back for, but they are on sale so it's OK.
After I mad the menu, I took my receipt and figured out what each meal costs per person. This has problems when you expect leftovers. I didn't add in cost of making homemade baked goods or using rice. I'll have to wait until I buy those supplies again and then figure it out. So the cost may not be totally honest. But it's the best I can do.
So what's on the menu for tonight? Tonight is our splurge.
T-bone steaks ($4.78 per person)
Roasted red potatoes ($.25 pp)
Broccoli ($. 50 pp)
For a total of $5.53 per person.
Now that assumes everyone eats a whole steak, which they won't. At some point I see stir fry with the leftovers.