on a tight budget....

@obe212003 (2302)
Philippines
February 11, 2010 9:58am CST
i have a big family of six boys...day in and day out, so many expenses incurred and always ended up with a drained budget always coming up short until the next payday comes. I have tried several ways to cutdown expenses and always ended up spending the same and even more day after day with unexpected school projects for the kids, some maintenance in the house, a relative coming in, et cetera. My main problem lies heavily on food, having 7 mouths to feed three times a day, and a 2-year-old baby with milk, pampers, et cetera. Any ideas on how to cutdown on food? Help...
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10 responses
• United States
11 Feb 10
We have a group here locally called Angel Food Ministries. They sell you a boxed food kit that is like $30.00 per week and it is suppose to be enough to feed a family of 4 for 5 days. I know that your family is larger than this but it would possibly help cut down the expense some. You can always fill in with normal groceries. Also use online coupons to save money. Coupons.com and smartsource.com have good coupons on commonly used items, including diapers.
• United States
11 Feb 10
There is a similar program like that here two where you put in community service and you can buy these boxes for next to nothing. It's a good program, keeps the community working for the community.
@obe212003 (2302)
• Philippines
11 Feb 10
Thanks Ms.Sleepylittlerose..i just wish that something like would be available in my country, but i do make sort of a menu guide for the week suitable for my budget, and again unfortunately, it tends to fall short through the week.
@obe212003 (2302)
• Philippines
11 Feb 10
Thanks Ms. Sleeplittlerose! i just wish that something like that would be available in my country. Similar to that, i do have sort of a menu or recipe for a week based on my budget, but always fall short. I guess with the kids growing so does their appetite... anyways thanks for the suggestion though...God Bless..
• United States
12 Feb 10
I use coupons if used the right way you can ultimately save a boat load of money on everything u buy. I use a site called www.hotcouponworld.com it has helped me save over 1000's of dollars.
• United States
12 Feb 10
I didn't read that you had said you cant use coupons. That sucks I will find some links for you on how to be frugal!
• United States
12 Feb 10
http://www.vickysdeals.com/forums/frugal-tips-101/ these gals have a lot of good information on how to save money and be frugal
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
12 Feb 10
I mostly focus on using coupons, I don't know if you do that or even if there are good coupons in your area. Is any food being wasted? Is there a way to reduce waste if food is being wasted - like, take any small amounts left in the bottom of the pot and put them into little containers for people to have as snacks. Roast whole chickens and use the little bits that are hard to get off to make soup stock, that sort of thing? We try to get snack things in bulk and then repackage them into smaller packages.
@obe212003 (2302)
• Philippines
12 Feb 10
unfortunately, food coupons are not available in our country. No food is being wasted as my wife sees that all are consumed. For snacks, i buy corns instead of bread since it's a lot cheaper here. My wife and i do the cooking alternately depending on the recipe.. wife on soups and stews, me on anything that is fried..Again, thanks for the additional tips..much obliged.
@ajmclaw (22)
• United States
11 Feb 10
One of the suggestions I have would be to serve a lot of pasta with the meat just sprinkled into it. Six boys definitely need a lot of carbs. Buying in bulk helps my family. We go to a local store where things are cheaper because of the quantity I buy. I bought a huge box of pancake mix that really seems to go a long way. If your kids like rice, that is super cheap to buy in bulk, really goes a long way and fills people up. My mother used to buy instant milk instead of regular milk to save on money.
@obe212003 (2302)
• Philippines
11 Feb 10
Rice has always been a part of our meals and basically the main problem would be the main dish served with it. Canned goods would be cheaper, but the kids are getting picky eaters and sometimes would skip meals which really bothers me. Anyways, thanks for the advice!
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
11 Feb 10
In my home country there is a man that reports of how to save money. He suggests that supermarket value foods are great value. In a Which magazine I looked at a taste test for an item of food. Amazingly there was little difference in taste between the cheapest and the most expensive. You might like to buy low cost nappies rather than Pampers. Cheaper foods can be rice and pasta, bread and jam. You could maybe grow your own fruit and vegetables in your garden. You could write down your budget and save a tiny amount of money every week or month. You should get six pots for your son's coins given my friends and relatives. These will soon add up and could be used for school projects. Good luck.
@obe212003 (2302)
• Philippines
11 Feb 10
Thanks Ms. Maximax8! i do buy those supermarket's value-priced food packages here in our country, a lot cheaper with some extra free pack of all sorts.. My wife did start planting vegetables in our backyard and hopefully soon would be consumed.
• Taiwan
12 Feb 10
it is a hard work for you ,5 years ago ,my familys morey become very little,first i fell i can not live to tomorrow,i always feel i can not buy anything,but so many years gone,my life become a simple way,we eat vege ,and rice and vege cand feed all family menbers,we made a lot of Furniture and sewing clothes ,bag, Scarves and i know my friend Planting vegetables for eat,her family can save more money ....a new report i our country a woman become a richer man ,but her life and family is so poor,every one leave her,she is so lonely and feel poor...
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
11 Feb 10
have you ever though of using cloth diapers? that might save money plus we have a smaller family but have very little money as my hubby is not working (he was let go last august) and i only work part time due to health issues. we get a lot of hand me downs and shop at thrift stores for clothes a lot plus we make inexpensive meals like soup, pasta and pancakes. for fun we go toboganning and skating during the winter and the beach in the summer and the library all year round.
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
11 Feb 10
Well since you have 6 boys, I can only imagine how much food it takes to feed them! I don't know if you use coupons at all but there are several websites where you can search for just the ones you'd actually use. And I do that before every grocery trip and there are 2 different food stores that I like equally well so I check to see what specials they have on that week. By reviewing what the store has on special or sales, I can often combine that with a coupon for extra savings. And several of our stores, every month or so will have double coupon days. They used to all do it but now not so much. I try to stock up on items when they are on special. The basics like Pasta, Peanut Butter etc that will never go to waste and can last a long time in the cupboard. And we have a Sam's club near us so I buy some items in bulk and then just repackage into doable portions. Hope this helps abit. Be well!!
@dmrone (751)
• United States
11 Feb 10
Hi! I try to make larger dishes such as soup, stew, or chili. I make a large amount where there will be left overs, and it can be eaten the next day or frozen for later use. I use meat that i find on sale and add lots of veggies. It helps the dished to go farther, and helps stretch my food. For instance with the chili, and soup if it is a leftover and i need to make it go a little further i make some rice for the soup or chili to go over it.
@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
11 Feb 10
I can understand. When there were 5 children here and a new born, the money gets really tight. I remember doing this huge garden and even keeping a few planter boxes in the house under a sun lamp to get some fresh vegetables going. I know there are open door missions, much like Good Will where you can buy clothes for next to nothing. Food pantries too are a good source of cheaper food. I know got back to basic cooking and baked more and made more from scratch because it was cheaper in the long run and more filling for the kids to eat. Took a lot of time, but they were more satisfied that way. Pasta sure went a long way in our house or we ate breakfast a lot because pancakes and a few eggs here and there was a very filling meal for the kids.