Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Recipes on A Budget

Hi, my name is Christine I am a stay at home mom. As with many familys now we live on a very sticked budget. It seems harder and harder to feed my family healthy. I search for recipes and most are stuff my family would never eat!! I have two teenagers, 16 year old boy and a 13 year old girl. Yes I can see your faces now!! Try getting them to eat anything other then pasta, pizza and chicken nuggets. Good Luck!! I buy books and there are 2 maybe 3 recipes that we can afford and that my family would actually eat. So there goes money down the drain, and garbage disposal!! So I have decided to try and start my own site with recipes and tips. We all have different nutritional needs in my house. So that complicates things even futher.

Alot of the recipes I will offer are ones that I have simply adapted over the years to meet our needs and likes. I try very hard to keep our food budget at around $150 per week for a family of 4.

I have been to so many sites for SLASH YOUR GROCERY BILL IN HALF! Well good luck with that. I use coupons, sale shop, I follow all of the little tricks and still the lowest I can go is around $150. Some weeks it's better some its worse. Grocery day is just that at least 3 hours going to the different grocery stores in our area and only buying what is on sale. They also recomend stocking up when items are on sale. Yes in theory this is a very good idea. However when you are on a tight budget that makes it hard. Say chicken is on sale for $1.99 a pound. Is your family going to eat chicken for a month. I don't think so. If you stock up on the meat that is on sale then you don't have anything left for other meals. It does work for items like cereal. However not usually for the healthy ones. My daughter has high triglicerides so I try to feed her the high fiber lower sugar cereals. Well that doesn't always fit into our budget. So I adjust other areas of what she eats.

My husband and I both have high cholesterol. So again good luck on a budget. My husband as alot of husbands out there is very much a meat and potatoes kind of man. So I do spend extra money on things like Smart Balance "butter" and Oil. I also do things like buying the double fiber breads. You can find them on sale alot. Little things like that can make a big difference over time and not kill your budget.

The really hard one is me. I have fibromyalgia and diverticulosis. So my diet should be high fiber low fat and here is the real kicker all organic. Not going to happen on a budget. I try the best I can though. I do like salad however I don't like fat free dressings to much sugar. Don't like the taste or consistancy. So I go with the low fat instead and I put my dressing on the side. You would be surprised how much less you use when you dip instead of drown your salad. That's a tip I learned years ago when I was doing Weight Watchers. Wonderful program by the way for anyone trying to loose weight. I went from a size 16 to a size 3!!! No not over night no magic pills, it took time and effort. My body does better with protein verses carbs so I ad meat and cheese. Take bagged salad, like Salad Express, it goes on sale alot. So I buy that and mix it with meat, cheese, peppers, pickles, and hard boiled eggs. I love it.

Well I guess that is enough to start with. Now I'm off to my recipes so I can actually post some of them. As my blog progresses I will be adding links to coupon sites, etc. Please bare with me as this is the first time I have ever done this. Html is definatly a foriegn language to me. So this is very much trial and error.

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