What I Would Feed my Family on a Monthly Budget of $250

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*After you read this post, be sure to read the second post in this series, with thoughts on how I would improve upon this budget.*

I had way too much fun writing this post.

I hinted on Facebook last week that I was working on a post detailing what I would buy if I could only spend $250 a month for our family of 5 (we currently spend $450, although that does include some household goods/toiletries, which my $250 budget doesn’t).

My goal? To prove that you can still eat real, whole, nourishing foods even on a tight budget and while living in an expensive area.

A few caveats to help you explain what I’ve done here: 

  1. I used Canadian prices. I realize most of you live in the US. These prices should be encouraging, because they are generally more expensive than what you would pay in most US grocery stores.
  2. I did this based on an average, popular grocery store chain where I live (Extra Foods/Superstore). Not a discount chain, mind you, but just an average store with decent prices.
  3. I didn’t use all of the tricks that are usually a part of my repertoire. First, I wanted to see if I could do it with only careful planning and from-scratch cooking. No gardening, backyard chickens, food co-op, preserving, coupons, discounted/near-expiry items, shopping multiple stores for sales, etc. I didn’t even use my beloved produce market’s prices. I wanted this to relate to anyone.
  4. I didn’t include any food allergies or special substitutions, but I’ll address that a little bit in the next post.
  5. I did include eggs from a local hobby farm for $3 a dozen (these are the eggs I actually buy), as well as ground beef and beef bones from a local meat store that offers mostly grass-fed (grain-finished, but otherwise very clean meat) for reasonable prices. I considered using only grocery store meat offerings, but wanted to see if I could keep all of the meat sources (because it’s at the top of the food chain) a bit cleaner and most people could find a similar source of meat locally if they were to really look/ask around.
The gist of it is, anyone could eat like this. You don’t have to live on acreage, or have access to special stores, or be a master gardener or food preserver. You simply have to be willing to plan carefully, eat a bit less meat, and cook from scratch.
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My $250 Budget Grocery Shopping List

Grains

  • Whole Grain Rolled Oats- 1 Kg ($2- sale x 2 = $4)
  • Organic Brown Rice Pasta- 2 454g packages ($2.79 x 2= $5.58)
  • Brown Basmati Rice 4.54 Kg (10 lbs) $12.99 (this would probably last two months)
  • Whole Wheat Flour 22 lbs $8.78

Dairy

  • Full (whipping) Cream 1 L $4.13
  • Whole Organic Milk (not raw) $8.50 per gallon (x2) = $17
  • Cheddar Cheese 907 g $8.99
  • Mozzarella Cheese 907 g $8.99
  • Regular Salted Butter 1 lb $3.29 x 4 = $13.16
  • Sour Cream (full fat) 1 L $3.88

Produce

  • 20 lb Russet Potatoes (local) $8.98
  • 5 lb Ambrosia Apples (local) $4.98
  • 5 lbs Carrots $3.48
  • 1 Large Celery $1.98
  • 1 Large Green Cabbage $2.34
  • 1 Broccoli Bunch (3 smaller heads) $0.96 (sale)
  • 2 Field Cucumbers (local greenhouse) $0.98 each = $1.96
  • 10 lb Navel Oranges $5.96 (sale)
  • 3 lbs Yellow Onions $2.48
  • Large Bag Baby Spinach $3.48

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Meat/Fish/Protein Sources

  • Dry Kidney Beans 450 g bag $2.58
  • Dry White Beans 450 g bag $2.28
  • Dry Pinto Beans 450 g bag $1.88
  • Dry Red Lentils 450 g $2.78
  • Canned Wild Pink Salmon 213 g $2 each x 4 = $8 (sale)
  • (Mostly) Grass-Fed Local Ground Beef 4 lbs x $2.50 ($10.00)
  • Whole Chicken (“free from” antibiotics, hormones, etc.) 1.93 kg (4.25 lbs)  $15.29
  • Eggs $3 per dozen x 5 = $15
  • Large Bag Local (Mostly) Grass Fed Beef Bones $5

Other Grocery

  • Organic Tamari Wheat-Free Sauce (like soy sauce) 296 ml $4.99
  • Natural Peanut Butter (no additives or sugar, but not organic) 750 g $5.19
  • Unpasteurized (but not local/high quality) honey  1 Kg. $6.00 x 2 = $12
  • Tomato Paste 13 oz. cans $1 x 2 = $2
  • Diced Canned Tomato 28 oz. cans $1 x 4= $4
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 L $8.99
  • Raisins 750g $4.28
  • Shredded Coconut 400g $3.38
  • Walnut Pieces 400 g $5.78
  • Bulk Flax Seed 500 g $1.20

Grand total = $237.17 

I’ve purposefully kept the budget under $250, in order to leave room for more miscellaneous purchases like bulk spices, baking soda, yeast, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, tea, etc. Ideally, I would want to leave more like a $20-$25 buffer to do that. If I was utilizing some of the techniques that I will talk about in the next post, I could have brought this number low enough to have that kind of a buffer.
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Meals That I Would Make:

Breakfasts
Oatmeal with milk or cream and honey, homemade granola with homemade yogurt, muffins (use flax instead of eggs to stretch eggs farther, with variations like orange, apple cinnamon, or carrot raisin), pancakes with honey butter syrup, eggs with homemade toast, spinach cheese omelet, waffles with homemade orange syrup, toast with peanut butter, dutch baby pancake with apples, baked oatmeal.
*I would repeat some of these items over the course of the month.
Lunches
Salmon melt on sourdough bread, orange or apple slices, carrot/celery/cucumber slices, leftover soups or other dinner meals, spinach salad with walnuts, raisins and apples, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, baked potatoes, fried rice with eggs and veggies, hard boiled eggs.
*Again, there would be repeats.
Dinners
Chili (1/2 lb beef) x 2, pasta with tomato meat sauce (1/2 lb beef), soup once a week served with bread or biscuits- chicken rice, lentil veggie, Spud Special, bean soup, beef stew (use meat off boiled bones), spinach and salmon quiche, shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie, salmon patties with homemade fries and cooked carrots, Bierocks, lentil rice casserole with cheese on top and spinach salad, meatloaf (with added lentils and veggies to make meat stretch farther) with mashed potatoes, beans and rice, soft tacos (homemade tortillas) with bean/beef mixture, chicken and broccoli pasta casserole, veggie stir-fry with last 1/2 lb beef over rice, baked potato bar with broccoli cheese sauce, chicken stew, lentil dahl with homemade roti (Indian bread) and rice, leftover night, waffles for dinner.
*This is 24 dinners. Some of the vegetarian ones would be repeated, and there may easily be more than enough for one leftover night.

Would there be much extra? Nope. By the end of the month, I would be down to slim pickings and creative cooking. Employing more of the techniques I talk about next time would help me to purchase a greater quantity and variety of food to make the cooking a little easier.

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Why I Chose These Foods

  • The meat is very minimal due to the cost of buying somewhat higher quality meat. So, I chose to go with the cuts that were the cheapest and would stretch the farthest (whole chicken, ground beef) and then also added beef bones. Between the whole chicken carcass and the bag of beef bones, there will be plenty of broth to have some at least once or twice a week, maybe more. This is important because bone broth helps to stretch out the amount of animal protein that is consumed (it has sort of a protein-sparing effect) and also offers valuable gelatin (for digestion) and plenty of minerals. The cooked chicken meat would be chopped and frozen in bags to be added to other dishes. The beef bones would also provide beef tallow (as well as some extra meat after being boiled), which can be easily rendered after making broth and saved for cooking purposes. It’s very nutritious and an extremely stable fat for high temperatures.
  • I kept the egg amount as high as I could (although our family would usually go through more like 7-8 dz in a month, not 5 dz). Eggs are such an amazing source of animal protein, good fatty acids (like omega-3) if they are from free-ranging hens, as well as other vitamins. They’re a nutritional powerhouse, but inexpensive in comparison to eating meat.
  • The cans of wild pink salmon are very important, as they would be the only source of seafood in our diet. Fatty fish like salmon provide crucial fatty acids, include DHA and EPA (SO important for pregnant mamas and developing children). We would also gain another varied source of animal protein, as well as minerals like calcium by crushing/eating the bones (which are so soft, they’re easy to crush and mix in- we never notice them and kids can easily chew them).
  • The butter is not organic, but it’s still a million times better than relying on any sort of vegetable oil or margarine. It’s still a stable fat, even if I would prefer a cleaner source of butter. This would be one of the first things that I would seek to get from grass-fed cows, because then it would contain Vit A and D and K, which are so important. Regular butter doesn’t contain these in high quantities (well, probably no K at all and little of A and D) because those cows aren’t on pasture eating fresh grass.
  • Olive oil is a nice all-purpose oil, and it is relatively inexpensive and readily available to anyone. But, one alternative to the butter/olive oil split I suggested is to buy a little less butter, a smaller amount of olive oil, and instead buy a jar of coconut oil with the extra money. Coconut oil is bursting with beneficial fatty acids that are very protective for the body, it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, and it is also stable at high temperatures.
  • I went for produce that was mostly seasonal as I write this (January). So I chose root/cold storage veggies (onions, potatoes, carrots, celery, cabbage) that are cheap in the winter, particularly nutritious and that store well. Both spinach and cabbage are particularly nutrient-dense. The broccoli and cucumbers add some variety and were both on sale. Apples are fairly cheap (at least where I live) in winter because they are grown locally and store well. Oranges are imported, but they are seasonal during the winter, and are usually cheapest between Dec-Feb. They’re also a nice source of vitamin C when you aren’t eating tons of fresh produce.
  • The large amount of whole wheat flour is intended for making all baked goods from scratch. Ideally, I would make a sourdough starter for baking sourdough bread, so that are breads were as frugal and nourishing as possible. You could also use it for homemade soaked muffins, pancakes or waffles, biscuits, tortillas, etc. It would be even more ideal to purchase wheat berries in bulk instead, so that you could grind your flour fresh. For those with a grain grinder, this is the best option and esp. if you have access to a food co-op of some sort, you can even get organic wheat berries for only a little bit more money.
  • The 2 gallons of organic milk would be turned into 1 gallon of homemade yogurt and 1 gallon of homemade kefir. This re-introduces good bacteria and enzymes that are lost in the pasteurization process. Ideally, raw milk is best, but I couldn’t afford to buy raw milk on a budget like this, so making kefir and yogurt with organic milk would be my best compromise solution.

What would you feed your family if you had to seriously cut back your budget? Which foods would be a priority and why?

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About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. I loved this post! I need to get back to a budget. I have let it slip quit a bit. We are gluten free, dairy free and eat meat minimally. I find it is so hard to eat gluten free on a budget. Even if I was to make everything myself, the flours and xanthan gum are expensive. I can make a loaf of bread for $2.50-$3 or buy it for $3.99. It is a discount but not that much considering how much bread we eat. Thanks for the encouragement!

    • I eat gluten free also, and am gradually moving away from bread in general. It’s just so expensive, and I don’t take the time to make it myself. Maybe you can find ways to eat other things when you would want bread. For sandwiches you can do lettuce wraps; put peanut butter on apples; eat eggs instead of toast for breakfast.

  2. This post is excellent! I am sure it took quite a bit of time and effort on your part, so thank you!!! It is SO encouraging to know that I can feed my family whole foods for less than I feed them for now, especially since the time is coming where we will be adding more people and making less money. Thanks again!

  3. COULD YOU GIVE US BRAND ABOUT OTHER GROCERY AND WHAT YOU DO NOT BUY LOCALLY?

    THANKS

  4. Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank you for this!! We are trying to live on a grocery budget of $200 a month for the 3 of us….and as long as I plan well we mostly do it! I cook almost everything from scratch but we don’t buy any organic things or grass-fed beef, as the prices here seem much higher than what you have near you. I can’t wait for your next post to get more tips on how to make our budget stretch even farther (so I can hopefully integrate more organic options!).

  6. This is amazing! Thank you so much for investing your time in this, it is much needed! I struggle with putting affordable, healthy food on our table each month. We may follow your guide exactly next month.

  7. I too am wondering about snacks. We’re a family of 6 1/2 and the kids seem constantly asking for a snack. Ideas?

  8. I found this very interesting, though families do seem to vary a lot as far as snacking and dairy consumption goes. It seems that dairy is very reasonable up in Canada while dry beans are much higher. I wonder if that’s due to the climate being better for growing things here?

    Although our family are not huge snackers, the kids do seem to need at least one afternoon snack, and as someone above mentioned, I try to not make that something with grains. Usually cheese, yogurt, or fruit. That certainly adds to our costs here.

    • It’s interesting that you say dairy seems to be reasonable in Canada, because I don’t find it that way at all. I don’t know if the cheese prices looked cheaper than they really are actually much more expensive than in the US. 907g is about 2 lbs, and when I go shopping (at least in WA) I can easily get 2 lbs of cheese for more like $4-7, compared to $9. I know that many Americans can also buy organic milk for more like $4-7 per gallon. So I find Canadian dairy prices expensive. But perhaps it depends on which area of the US you’re comparing it to?

      And yes, the dried bean prices are expensive. I did all of my pricing at one store, and if I had done some price comparing at other stores, I may have been able to find bulk dry beans for a better price. Part of the problem is that many stores here only carry fairly small bags, although on Thursday I will talk about finding ways to buy things like bulk beans in larger quantities, which makes the savings much better.

      I’ll also talk more about affordable snack options in Thursdays post!

      • 2 lbs of cheese for $4-7? Wow! I am in Arkansas, US and I’m doing good to get 1 lb of cheese for $7! I have found a source of raw milk cheese for $4.20 for 1/2 lb and that is what I am currently purchasing.

        • And I’m in Oklahoma next door. I thought things were supposed to be less expensive here. :P Oh well, at least beans are cheaper here. :D

      • Your dairy prices seem quite comparable to what we pay at the military commissary where we shop, which I normally find to be much less expensive than the other stores in town (W-mart and a local chain). Maybe other states are less expensive in the US.

  9. Wonderful post! Thank you! I can’t believe it never dawned on me to crush the salmon bones…

  10. Great post Stephanie! And very inspirational, considering I’m in your neck of the woods! There are two things I’m wondering about though. First, the cheese you listed; is that regular “grocery store” cheese? Most of the those kinds of cheeses I’ve checked all contain modified milk ingredients. So most of the time I buy imported cheeses from Costco that are not organic but sometimes raw and never contain anything modified. With the exception of the Gouda (see Healthy Home Economist post on this) that I now buy regularly, they are all extremely reasonably priced.

    The second thing I was wondering about was the canned tomato products. I’ve stopped buying tomatoes in cans because of the leaching problem. So what I buy instead is the Passata from Italy in glass jars (1 liter bottles) which I consider to be very cheap at under $3 per bottle. This I can find easily at Whole Foods, and I don’t know if it’s available in regular stores, although it might be.

    Since your posts (think it was last year?) on buying food for a family on a budget and my comments about how I spend around $1200 a month for our family of 3 (all adults with two big eaters, plus 2 dogs!), I’ve managed to drastically reduce our grocery bill (haven’t figured up just how much yet but I know it’s far less). I used to shop down south, but don’t find myself doing this much anymore because of the time and hassle involved. Nowadays I save by shopping mainly at….gasp….Whole Foods! I always buy food on sale, and I often find that many of their (but not all, mind you) prices are lower than the other grocery stores around here (Save-On, Choices, etc.). I used to really shop around, but I found that the more stores I go to, the more money I spend! I also shop at Costco about once a month, buying things like rice, nuts (but not their almonds anymore), maple syrup (not ideal but it certainly is affordable and we like it on oatmeal and pancakes from time to time), balsamic vinegar, white vinegar for cleaning and laundry, vegetables like cauliflower, onions, sometimes hothouse bell peppers (although I do try to buy in season, mostly), tomatoes and cucumbers when in season (they are also hothouse grown, but this year I hope to grow my own), sometimes eggplant, and avocados. I also purchase hydrogen peroxide, Clear Care for contacts, and baking soda for cleaning only (for baking I buy the natural one). We stop by T & T for a few items like various seaweeds, bonito fish flakes, and vegetables like daikon, broccoli, cabbage, and more.

    I stopped buying organic butter because up here, it’s simply too costly and as I mentioned, we don’t make trips down to the States that often anymore. So I buy a local brand that seems better than others; at least it has no ingredients besides cream and salt (or just cream), and this alone saves a lot.

    Anyway, it’s really a full-time job isn’t it, just figuring out what to buy for a family and trying to do it all within a budget! I’m really terrible with budgets but I am getting better, little by little. Your posts have helped a lot!

    • Sounds like you’ve made so many good changes with your budget!

      And yes, you’re definitely right about the cheese quality. I am just referring to regular cheese, and it’s not my ideal. Of course, this entire budget/menu isn’t my ideal… as evidenced by the fact that our family actually spends almost $200 more than this per month, so that we can buy more high quality foods and I don’t have to be quite as conscious of how I pinch my pennies.

      Unfortunately, better cheese just costs more money. My preference is to buy natural, un-dyed, raw cheese which I get in the US through my co-op. Sometimes I also buy deli cheeses like the ones that you are referring to. On a super tight budget like this, they wouldn’t be affordable. But, one thing that I have done at times to afford those nice deli cheese is to buy them on 50% off from a local store that marks them down when they’re near expiry, and of course, cheese lasts far beyond its expiry date.

      And the tomato sauce that you mentioned does sound like a reasonable alternative. It would still cost a bit more than what I mentioned, and in a $250 budget, even a few dollars makes a big deal. But for those with a bit more wiggle room, that’s a great alternative. Personally, I like to buy fresh tomatoes in season and can them instead, to avoid using too many cans in my kitchen.

  11. Awesome post. So thorough…and offers a lot of hope for folks on a tight budget trying to get out of debt or just survive…and be healthy at the same time. Your meals sound yummy too! : )

  12. I was in shock at the organic milk prices! Just standard organic milk here(Florida) is about $5.79-$5.99. I was also in shock about the grass fed beef prices. Grass fed beef here is at the lowest for ground beef $5-$6 per lb. We are a family of 5 as well. I generally spend about $500 a month, which includes eating GF and raw dairy products. I have to agree with the previous commentors about the lack of milk. When we eat yogurt and granola for breakfast we go through a quart for breakfast…and they can eat more than that but I generally tell them to get an apple or banana if they are still hungry. I normally make a gallon of yogurt a week. I am going to print this out and maybe try it for the month of Feb. to see just how on target it would be. If I do it I will document it and let you know how it goes.

    • I’m not saying we wouldn’t want more dairy in our diets. We would, and in fact, we do. This is a make-believe budget/diet in that we don’t actually eat this frugally anymore. But this is what I would do to make it work, if I had to cut our budget down drastically. In reality, our family goes through more like a gallon per week of milk (or yogurt or kefir), not a half gallon. If we had to abide by this budget that I’ve created for the purposes of this post, we would end up eating more baked goods, oatmeal, etc. so that we weren’t relying nearly as heavily on dairy as we usually do.

  13. Very nice list, we do about $350 a month on groceries (includes toiletries) But, we buy our meat by the beef quarter or whole chickens, and a whole pig. We keep everything including bones and fat for rendering. We have a few chickens.
    I am impressed that you can go a whole month on a pound of butter, we typically go through 4 lbs in a month. Between toast, and cooking and baking. We use more. But I can see if we cut out the sweets we could get by with less. My hubby and kids also drink milk. So we use more there. Very nice list though.
    I will be taking some notes though as our budget is getting tighter by the day.

  14. I love this and applaud you for meeting your goal. I too spend about $400, but for only two people. My husband and I were just talking about how we can still eat organic and spend less. I’m definitely going to be taking your advice and see if I can do it! :-D Thank you!

  15. Stephanie! This is awesome. I love how you just keep it real. This is something almost anyone can follow. This post probably took you a long time to compose…thank you for all of your hard work and great information. Can’t wait to see the follow-up:)

  16. This is the kind of post I love! We are on about a $270/month budget, which includes toiletries and household items, for the two of us. Showing how you could make that work for a family of 5 is so impressive, and encourages me that I CAN do this. I like that you included some compromise choices, too. Sometime I feel guilty when I have to buy the lower quality butter, etc. It’s nice to know it’s not the absolute end of the world if I do that!

    • I think it’s important not to feel guilty for making compromise choices when you have to due to budget constraints. Our food quality has gradually gone up over the years, but only as we have been able to slowly raise our budget. When I was at home with our first baby in the early years of our marriage, at one point our budget was as low as $150 for our family of 3, including toiletries and most household items. It was hard, I had to make lots of compromises and be very creative, and I didn’t know nearly as much as I do know about making a budget stretch in a healthy way, but we still made it and I don’t feel guilty for the things that we ate. We did what we had to do, as you are doing what you have to do. Just do the very best you can with what you have, and then rest in that. :)

      • I think that is the hard part- when you just don’t have a ton to spend on groceries and have to “do what you have to do”. It is hard for me to curb my jealousy when I see others in the store with a whole cart of purely organic food, while I still have to buy organic sparingly.

        Love this post! Lots of great ideas and inspiration!

        • We’ve been in that boat, too– even days where I was hungry and near tears because I had no idea what I could eat (I’m gluten & soy intolerant, was also dairy-intolerant early on in our marriage). But the Lord always provided and we’ve come a long way! Some of our greatest provisions came in the form of our gardens, our friends’ gardens, and friends who hunted and gave us the meat!

  17. WOW. I am so impressed and can’t wait to try to implement some of your ideas! We have backyard chickens and several veggie gardens, so that helps our budget. I think my biggest expense would be seafood–I’m trying to avoid meat (long story, but I buy it from a local animal welfare approved farmer for the rest of the family), so that might add cost. Still–excellent planning! Thanks so much for sharing this info!

  18. Fabulous post, Stephanie. :-) We go through wayyyyy more milk than that, especially with yogurt and kefir – but I don’t have access to raw milk here. I sometimes find that we spend more money on snacks than actual meals, but as Tara said, I don’t really see any snack foods up there. But the oats could be used for granola bars too, right?
    Looking forward to reading what else you write on the subject! :-) Great research, thank you!

    • Oh yes, we go through way more milk, yogurt, etc. as well. Definitely double what I put in the post. But, this isn’t a “what we eat” post. It’s a “what we would eat if we had to” post. :)

      You’re also right that I didn’t include snack foods. I was definitely thinking of things like granola bars or other baked goods (extra muffins, tortillas with peanut butter and honey, etc.). Plus any oranges or apples that weren’t devoured with breakfasts (though there wouldn’t be many left), or walnuts/raisins, etc. I will talk a bit more about snack foods next time, but in reality, it would be hard to do lots of great snack foods on this budget. We’d mostly have to rely on baked items.

  19. Seriously? This is awesome.

  20. Thanks so much for this Stephanie! I am in Alberta, and most blogs that include grocery prices are so much lower than what I can find. This is really encouraging and helpful.

  21. I’m thoroughly impressed! I look forward to hearing more about dealing with food allergies. I just found out I’m allergic to wheat/gluten and dairy, along with a host of other foods, including peanuts, almonds, beef (!), and apples. I’m on an elimination diet now, so I have had to rework my entire meal plan and most of my go-to snacks (apples, trail mix, nut butters). I look forward to your next post. :)

  22. There are no snacks listed in your very impressive budget above…I am a homeschooling mom of four so twice a day there are little mouths asking for something to get them to the next meal. I don’t like to feed them full of too many grains so our snacks end up being a lot of fruit, yogurt and cheese which is not cheap. Any ideas?

  23. this is my budget, and practically what we eat. we are a family of 8 and our budget is $600per month. we are able to get raw milk for $3 a gallon so we do have that. i also do not soak flour. and i use allot of frozen fruit and veggies a well.

  24. Great post! I’m curious about your method for crushing salmon bones. Never tried it and not sure whether my kids would go for it. We buy the boneless cans when they are on sale and try to stock up. But they rarely have those sales around here.

    • A friend gave me the tip to simply leave all bones and skin in when making salmon patties. Aside from the backbone/spinal bones, you would never know they are there once it’s cooked. You can’t feel or taste them. The spinal ones give a slight crunch, which I don’t mind, but hubby doesn’t like that so I pick those out.

      • I usually just crush the spines with my fingers. They are pretty fragile and easy to crush and then you don’t even know they are there.

    • When I make salmon patties: I gently rub the dark skin off and then take the bones out. The bones are so soft that they just crush in your fingers. Once they are basically a paste, I mix them into the rest of the meat. Super easy and you can’t see or taste them at all.

    • I just use the back of a fork inside a bowl to crush the bones. It’s not a very fancy process. :)

      My kids don’t seem to notice the bones, since I use the salmon mostly in things like salmon melts or fried into salmon patties.

  25. Inspiring and Impressive! Thanks

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  13. [...] it’s more than every now and then – but few are actually great, must-read blogs. Keeper of the Home, however, actually IS a great, must-read blog. Her money-saving, frugal-living ideas are a Cheap [...]

  14. [...] What I Would Feed My Family on a Monthly Budget of $250 @ Keeper of the Home… Good grocery/budget tips! [...]

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  16. [...] on February 7, 12in Frugality, In the kitchen, Real Food and Nutrition, RecipesI recently shared a very popular $250 sample grocery budget, and mentioned that one of the ways that I would stretch things out was with the use of vegetarian [...]

  17. [...] was motivated by this post, and I’m motivated by the amount of food that is in my house! I need to be a better planner of [...]

  18. [...] What I Would Feed my Family on a Monthly Budget of $250 This one got me thinking. I’m going to give it a shot. Watch for a post about how it goes. [...]

  19. [...] me right now, unless I can figure out how to get up early. I’ll stick with home stuff for now.What I would feed my family on $250/month and  How I would improve my budget even more @Keeper of the Home. Wish I could have written [...]

  20. [...] Frugality, In the kitchen, Real Food and NutritionIf you haven't yet read my initial post, What I Would Feed my Family on a Monthly Budget of $250, I would suggest going there first, and then coming back to this post.First, Some Answers to Your [...]

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