How We Feed Our Family of 8 For Less Then $200 A Week

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There has been quite a bit of interest in how we manage to feed our large family of 8 for less then $200 a week eating mostly organic. I mean can you imagine how much our family eats, we have almost 4 teenagers that work out in the gym at least 3 days a week. 2 of them work many hours during the week. So I’m sure you can imagine how much food has to be cooked at every meal for everyone to leave the table full.

Today I am going to share my menu’s for the next 5 weeks and the shopping lists I used to fill those menu’s. If these have been useful for you please leave me a comment letting me know so that I know there is enough interest to continue to make them for you.

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Extra Meals

On top of our menu’s we always have a few extra meals that can be made in case something comes up, we forget to take a meal our of the freezer the night before, or for any other reason. If these meals are not used over our 4 weeks of completely planned menu’s then they will be used in our 5th week of menu’s which is our use up the freezer items week. Somehow that week always ends up full of meal ideas still.

Also on Tuesday’s lunch everyone makes their own lunches using leftovers that are in the fridge so we don’t waste any left overs.

  • Ravioli
  • Fish Sticks
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Pizza Pockets
  • Bean/Rice Burritos
  • Hot Dogs
  • Spaghetti
  • Alfredo

Items Not On Printable Shopping List

In my shopping lists I include everything I needed to pick up for all of our menu’s to have everything needed to make all of the meals. There are things that are on the menu that I didn’t have to pick up because we already had them on hand. So that would be an added expense for anyone needing to pick these items up as well.

I am going to share the items I had on hand you will need. This may not be an all inclusive list as I did my best to go over everything for you to the best of my ability.

  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Broth
  • Refried Beans
  • Flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Summer Sausage
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Wheat Thins
  • Eggs
  • Big Jar Randall’s Great Northern Beans

One other note, this does not include our milk that we pick up weekly, from a local farm. Also we get our meat from that same farm they have antibiotic free grass fed beef, milk fed pork, and free range chickens. Since our daughter works at this farm we get a lot of our meat for free that she brings home, whatever she doesn’t bring home we purchase it from the farm before meal making day.

Farmers Market/ Co-Op Pick Up

On top of the items listed above there are a few other items we get from our local farmers market or farm co-op not on our lists. We feel strongly about eating local spray free produce as much as possible. We also can and freeze as much as we can which gives us access to what we have in our freezer.

These are items that will change with the seasons. For example it is starting to change to fall food which will include lots of squash, pumpkin, apples, etc. Apples are huge this time of year so we eat a lot more apple slices and make our own homemade applesauce you will see they are on our menu’s pretty frequently!

Because we get produce directly from farmers we save a ton of money too. We can get a whole bushel of apples for $25 which is really cheap for spray free apples, much cheaper then store bought organic fruit.

  • Beans
  • Acorn Squash
  • Butternut Squash
  • Plums
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Apples / Applesauce
  • Zucchini/Squash (fried veggies)
  • Local Raw Honey
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Lettuce

Breakfasts Not Planned Out

If you have read through our meal planning posts you would know that I plan out all of our lunches and dinners. Breakfasts are not planned on the menu’s since I read my bible and drink my coffee in the morning, while the kids are getting their own breakfast now that they are older. The kids have quite a few choices on what they can make.

  • Waffles
  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Breakfast Sandwiches (with bagels or english muffins)
  • Eggs
  • Cereal
  • Granola with Yogurt
  • English Muffins with homemade jam or peanut butter
  • Yogurt and Fruit
  • Fruit
  • Oatmeal
  • Bagel

Read our full posts on how to make your own meals if you want to know the steps we take on making these meals. We spend 1 day making banana/pumpkin/etc breads and muffins. 1 day making homemade pizza pockets, and rice and bean burritos.

Then we spend a Sunday working together for about 5-6 hours to make all of the meals. I am working to get videos up of the process for you, they will eventually get done and I will share a post letting you know when they are available.

Due to the extra things we have to add in that are not just at Costco, the average that we pay per week for all of our groceries including EVERYTHING is about $200 a week. For 8 people I think that is really good for the way we eat!!

 

Some of our favorite resources for Meal Making Day

 

My Pinterest board has lots of great freezer meal ideas, stop over and check it out for other freezer meals.

Follow Mama Of Many Blessings’s board Freezer Meals on Pinterest.

Download Menu’s and Shopping Lists

Below are all 5 weeks worth of menu’s and the shopping lists, for your convenience to download and print them. Please do not share with others, if you know someone who would find them useful please direct them to the post on my website.

Week 1 Menu 

Week 2 Menu

Week 3 menu

Week 4 Menu

Week 5 Menu

 

Shopping Lists

 

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9 thoughts on “How We Feed Our Family of 8 For Less Then $200 A Week

  1. I have to admit that I haven’t meal planned for awhile but it definitely is something I need to get back into. Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday! 🙂

  2. Hi their, My name is Andrea and I live on the island of Barbados. I have two boys and a girl and they all eat heartily. So this post is a God send. Thank you, thank you very much. Keep up the good work.

  3. BreAnn Greer says:

    I’m Still Trying To Figure Why Have A Sams Club AND Costco Membership. As Well As Trying To Scale It Down Maybe By 2 people . we have 4 ppl in home as well as two children outside of the home . I’m Very Much 27 Weeks Pregnant and just like cooking and the store is taking a heavy toll. If you can show me how toy even got started in more detail …. If and when you have time i need it broken down more

    • BreAnn,
      We have both a Costco and Sams membership because there are certain products that we get from each of the different stores that are just not economical to get at just one of the stores. I have talked with other big families and come to find out we are not the only one who does this. Some examples are, First off we always get our toilet paper, paper towel, and paper plates so much cheaper at Sams club. Lately Costco has not had any organic cereal, we will not purchase non organic cereal. We get organic granola bars at Sams that they don’t have at Costco. There are other products that both stores have but are just cheaper at Sams club. The membership pays for itself in one shopping trips time. We do only shop at Sams club about once every 3 months though.

      If you would like details on how we put the meal plan together you can head over and read my freezer meal series that walks you through step by step on exactly how to do it (link below). I’m sure that this will help you. You would just scale the meals down to the size of your family, which would mean less sides probably and maybe cutting a couple recipes in half or making them into 2 separate meals. If you need any more help feel free to just let me know. http://mamaofmanyblessings.com/monthly-crock-pot-meal-planning-and-cooking-series.html

      Blessings,

      Nicole

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