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Grocery Haul: Feed A Family of 5 for $150/week

Here in Southern Ontario, Canada, groceries can be pricey.  We’ve chosen to hold a spending freeze on our family’s finances, which for us means no spending outside of budgeted necessities.

Our grocery budget for our family of 5 is $150/week, or $300 each shopping trip.  That budget includes our food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products and eating out.

I managed to spend $260, which leaves us with $40 for eating out and buying groceries that need to be topped up, like milk or bread.

This is a bit of a longer video (who am I kidding, it’s huge!), but I’m taking you through all of the items I bought.  These groceries will serve us for breakfast, lunch (including school & work lunches) and sit-down family dinners at least 10 nights out of 14.  I’ve also included several snack items which should enable us to avoid evening snack runs to the store.

I’d love to hear your ideas for saving money at the grocery store too!  Leave them in the comments below!

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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!

1 Comment

  1. Roxie M

    Hello from Texas. I too run a home day care business. I have had my business open since 1989. I still love doing the daycare business.

    I guess what I don’t understand about your meals for the family is how much frozen pre pared chicken you brought and still got some raw chicken too. In my home frozen meat is something never buy. It is just not cost effect at all. I buy meat raw and cook it in the crock pot or in an oven on weekends. It is so easy to do more than 1 meat at the same time. Example, this week, for my family I made meat loaf, (actually I made 2 and froze 1) and while I was doing it I made some meatballs too. The meat balls are the same mix as my meat loaf. The meatballs will be fed to my daycare children, (it is easy to get them to eat meatballs and not meat loaf)
    As for lunch meat, I never buy that stuff in the package. Lord only knows what is in that stuff to preserve it. I bake a chicken or a turkey and make a meal of it and the rest is made into sandwich meat…I also make a casserole or soup too. I also buy a ham when they are on sale. I bake it and slice it for sandwiches. I also use roast beef for sandwiches. I have teen boys in my house and they can eat….
    I never buy frozen bread. Have you got the recipe to make a no kneed bread? It is a super slow rise bread (18 hours) and it bakes fast. It costs less than 30cents to make. It is just flour, yeast, salt, and water. It is great with soup or any meal really.

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