When people learn that our family of six spends less than $300 per month on average, they want to know what we eat. I share our monthly grocery hauls and other frugal tips on my YouTube channel and I talk about how we save money by stocking up, but that just has people begging to see what we do with it.
My tendency is to post more on preserving (canning, dehydrating, freezing) or baking (because I love brownies, cakes, and cookies) rather than actual meals. I’ve shared some ideas on menu planning, saving on groceries without coupons, cooking from scratch, and our grocery shopping. I’ve even shared a couple of our favorite dinner recipes.
But I don’t share much about what a normal menu looks like or what we actually eat to keep our food budget is consistently low.
UPDATE: I recently got brave and shared what a $400 monthly grocery budget looks like on a plate!
Why am I so hesitant to share?
So what has been holding me back? As readers you’ve told me what you want to hear about. That information is so helpful for a blogger. Still, I haven’t delivered. Here’s why:
Sometimes I wonder what we eat too.
I’m not always good at planning my own menu and often fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to dinner. I try, but I’m only sporadically really good at it. I encourage others to plan a menu because it prevents people from ordering take-out or going out to eat. Living in the boonies means that ordering a pizza if I don’t feel like making dinner just isn’t an option. Although menu planning absolutely helps me be more organized and come up with more interesting meals, because I’ve been cooking from scratch for years, I can still make dinner even if I don’t have a game plan.
I’m not a food blogger
I’m just a regular home cook who feeds her family (and is happy if at least 80% of the family eats it). Our dinners aren’t anything fancy or complex. They are just home-cooked from scratch with regular (mostly whole food) ingredients.
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