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$75 weekly for groceries

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.

How do you know how much is enough?

Mine are DD12, DS9 and DS9 and 11 1/2 months. I want them to have enough so as not to be teased yet not have so much that they do not wear them and end up tossing them. We do not have people of near ages to do the hand me down thing except that DS9 -11 1/2 is smaller than DS9 and gets his yonger brothers hand me downs if they are good enough.

I am thinking 3 pr. of jeans and 5 tops for each of them. I usually let each of them pick out $50 worth of clothing and I buy the underthings , coats and shoes.

Thank you.

I bought my older daughter 5 pairs of shorts – 3 jean, 2 kahki and 5 solid color shirts, she also had 2 other shirts received as birthday. I also just bought her 2 more shirts because they were on sale at Target. She also has a brownie uniform she wears once a week (actually two uniforms, but one was bought with cookie credits since she sold so many cookies). And she gets t-shirts for different things, Day camp, resident camp, dance recital, etc that are actually worn more than the other ones!

We also need dresses for church – I usually buy those at a resale shop – They each have 3-4 so it doesn’t look like they are wearing the same dress every week. I only get fancy hand me down dresses since my niece is a tomboy and she gets one dress a year for all dressy dressy occasions – these are usually too dressy for every day church wear (our church is actually fairly casual, I’ve seen adults in shorts and I wear pants, but I work in the nursery and am on the floor – but the group of girls my daughter’s hang out with dress up and I don’t want them to feel underdressed, so they wear decent dresses, some nicer than others, but they never look under or over dressed) I have never bought blue jean pants – I get TONS (we probably have 10 pair in each size) that were handed down.

If I was buying though, 3 would be plenty. My rule on things that look the same- buy 3 – one being worn, one in the laundry, one clean in the drawers. (sheets, towels, etc are the same way. Undershirts too since it’s hot here and aren’t needed that much). Socks and underwear are a two week supply (usually two packages, so that can translate anywhere from 10-14 depending on the brand) since they go missing so often (usually under the bed, in the car (socks, not the underwear!).

My 13 yo is the only one I have to worry about

Everyone else has millions of hand me downs. He has 2 pairs of jeans,1 black, 1 blue, 3 pairs of jean shorts, and 2 pairs of Dockers. About 8 shirts and 2 nice shirts. He he would ever slow down his growth spurt I might get three pairs of jeans. I homeschool them so they dont see the same kids everyday. My 9 yo has about 6 pairs of shorts and wears the 3 denim ones over and over. Sometimes I will forget to watch them so he has to wear a different pair….grin.

I have three girls, ages 7, 5, and 2. I get a lot of hand me downs from my sister who has a 10 yr old girl. By the time my 2 year old gets the clothes, they are worn out. So, I’ve been getting more (probably not really spending more, but she’s getting more clothes, they are just not as expensive) for her than the other two.

I take everything I have and see what each child needs – usually my older needs more than the middle child, who rarely needs anything, but does get a few new things for Christmas and Birthdays that are purple since she insists on wearing purple every day. Then I make out a list of what we need to make a complete wardrobe for the new school year.

We do 90% shirts and jeans or jean shorts so it’s easier to match, but some of the hand me downs are printed shorts or sets and it makes it hard to use those. My dad gives me $100 per child for school clothes each summer (he thinks that makes him the worlds greatest grandpa when actually they would really just like to spend time with him – they don’t see him except for maybe an hour every month or two.

When my mom was alive we saw them every day, his new wife doesn’t want to do the grandkid thing with kids that aren’t hers apparently – sorry, I’m a little bitter). I actually spend some of it on me and dh, and spend about $150 on all three getting the fill in stuff.