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Feeding a Large Family on a Shoestring Budget

“♫♪ Here’s the story of a lovely lady. Who was bringing up three very lovely girls. All of them had hair of gold…♪♫”

Yes Mrs. Brady was bringing up three lovely girls, and also three sons, but she had help! What would she have done without the assistance of Alice, the trustworthy housekeeper, who handled not only the cleaning, but also cooked all the meals.

Ann B. Davis played Alice not only in the original TV show but in follow up specials, and even wrote a cookbook! In celebration of the leading lady, whose birthday is today, here are some tips on ways to feed a large family on a budget, much like Alice did!

  • Evaluate what you currently spend and see where cut-backs can be made.
  • Determine what foods kids will actually eat and stop buying what they won’t.
  • Buy in bulk as this always offers a discount and has a bonus of having often used items on hand when you need them.
  • Plan meals a head of time to make sure you only buy what you need – this helps avoid impulse buys.
  • Learn how to make great dishes from less expensive cuts of meat – more cooking time and a few tricks can turn tougher beef cuts in to tender meals.
  • Don’t shop when you are hungry as people tend to buy more junk food and already prepared foods.
  • Use coupons when you can – why pay more for the same thing when you don’t have too?
  • Watch for weekly specials and stock up!
  • Try more veggie dishes – if you go meat free once or twice a week you will save money.
  • Buy local and seasonal produce as the prices are cheaper. Strawberries in January are great but not practical on the pocketbook.
  • Watch waste – don’t dish out more than someone will eat as they can always go back for more.
  • Use leftovers for lunch the next day, or turn in to a new dish for dinner.
  • Start a garden to grow your own veggies – cheaper and fresher.
  • Make your own meals from scratch and avoid pre-packaged, processed, ready-made meals – you will save on fat and salt content as well as dollars.

While you may not have a Brady Bunch sized family to feed, these tips are sure to help you cut down on your grocery spend. Let us know your tips and tricks to feeding a family on a budget!