50$ a week food budget


It always seemed like we were stealing from other areas of our budget to make up the lack in the food budget. I decided it was time to get a serious or crazy…either way it worked.

I have found that it takes not only being frugal or content with what you have but also to be willing to be organized and desire to feed your family quality food – stick to the plan! 

See I have found the more convenient the foods the more I was paying.

Just think about it – One pizza to feed my family from Papa Murphy’s is about 14.00 – that is more than a 1/4 of my budget for ONE meal…. simply NUTS!!

So I drove of the cliff of try-it-ville and I succeeded.

So here’s how I did it :

1. I picked one grocery store – I picked Savealot since it is right around the corner.

2. Every Monday ( pick your day once a week) I look at what I have in my storage and fridge and ask myself:

 – what meat do I have?  – half bag of frozen chicken, 3/4 left of sausage, hamburger –  whatever it is that you have USE IT! 

 – what produce to I have? – carrots, celery, potato, onions –these can go in just about any recipe

 – what items do I need? – flour, sugar, milk, eggs, cheese

3. Look at the weekly ad and see what is on sale

4. PINTEREST  – I pop in a search for whatever meat I have or what is on sale – use recipes that use as many items you already have or go a long way … for instance in the winter soups are awesome!  Also I had left over sauce from making meatballs, mushrooms still left over, a couple slices of tomato in a baggie, a little less than half a block of cheese and a pizza crust dough pouch my mother in law gave me – all I needed to buy was a little can of olives and sausage.  REMEMBER THAT $14.00 pizza cost — I just cut it to about $2.50 using what I had and the kids had fun cooking too!!

5. Make a list and stick to it – hitting the store ONCE a week!  – and NEVER NEVER GO HUNGRY

and that is about it…

I started making my own bread – click the picture for recipe


( I have a bread machine so I found a Bombproof recipe since I don’t know how to use all the bells and whistles) I add a table spoon of brown sugar = perfect!



Monday Goodies – lists, links, likes and La La La

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1. A song:


2. Favorite Pin:


3. Thanks …because all is grace:

*canopy of fall tree color


* Clouds that look like they are holding hands

God is right there holding our hands!


* Beautiful pink sunrise

* quiet evening

* birthday gifts

* talks with my sister

* little boy art

* Knowing my Personal Calling Statement


* Counting gifts with Ann Voskamp

* Finding thanks and grace everyday

* Listen to the Lord’s leading and being used as a prayer answer for another

* dear daughter singing overcomer for Janel



5. Great moment – me and my kids heading to the Fall Festival:


Monday Goodies – lists, links, likes and La La La

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1.  Love this voice – this is his original song…lovely:



“Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be.”
Ambrose Bierce

Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.”
Stephen Colbert

3.  Favorite Pin from pinterest this week:

Be Thankful

4.  Thanks…because all is grace:

*his drawings that come home from kindergarten


*gifts to husband

*Dinner with my family

* love visible

* joy on faces

* bible verses read and understood

* Little boy acting preacher with bible in hand has these words for us:

God’s best ways are showing kindness, being helpful, not being selfish, doing goodness. Being married to one person only. Honor your father and mother.

* dear daughter willingness to help

5. Good study we are doing at women’s group:

Chase Study Guide: Chasing After the Heart of God by Jennie Allen