If you are willing to work a bit and have some patience you should do very well on $75 a week. The patience thing comes in because you have to be willing to wait for sales and not just buy something because you want it today or tomorrow. When I want to I can feed my family of 5 (kids 12, 9 and 9- 10 in 2 weeks) for $50 a week and less. You have to be willing to eat frugal type meals. One of our favorites is potato soup. For me it is almost free and Dh loves it.

I am making it tonight with free (gleaner) potatoes, free milk (powdered that someone gets and hates so she gives it to me), free ham- I did a service for her and she gave me some extra ham. The only thing I have to pay for the the margarine, and pepper. We will also have free bread (in trade for eggs), and cauliflower (gleaners) or veggies that I canned last fall.

For dessert we are having cantaloupe- it was given away by the grocer to gleaners because of a few soft spots. By the time it’s peeled no one will even notice.

We rarely have steak and prawns and that type of thing. I do work hard all year procuring food for my family. A friend raises pigs . She sells most of them (she doesn’t eat pork) and we get 1.

All we pay are the cut and wrap fees- usually about $100 for a whole one. We get several hundred pounds of pork for this. During the year we do things for her. This year we bought and raised about 30 chicks for her so they are past the tender stage- I also help her with some other things like canning. it all works out well for everyone.

She says it doesn’t cost much more to raise the extra pig. She raised 6-10 so she gets their food at a greatly reduced price. She also is able to get foods from a warehouse- things we buy in the salvage stores like open boxes of cereal rather than just dented so she can feed them almost free.

They are considered unusable for people but fine for livestock. If you do hand crafts you could trade it with people for foodtoobut these are a little more extreme. You can do it (feed your family) at a low rate just by careful shopping. I haven’t for a couple months as I have been preoccupied with family problems but I am back in the saddle.