Since we have moved to a new assignment that requires us to reside on base I have been faced with the challenge of over hauling our budgets. Budgets for food, Recreation, and debt repayment.
For those who do not know, being frugal is a passion of mine! I love looking for deals and ways to save money for my family. It is part of why I am able to stay home with my beautiful babies!!
As I sat down to do the math and figure out what we actually spend every two weeks on groceries, I was astonished. We potentially spend $200 every two weeks on CHICKEN alone.
For those who don’t know, we are a chemical, process, health conscious family. On top of that my husband follows a strict eating regimen that requires specific amounts of lean protein, carbs, fats etc.
For example, every morning he eats four to five eggs (depends if I add cheese, if so an ounce), two apples, plus a handful of peanuts. Lunch and dinner consist of 5oz of chicken breast, a head of romaine lettuce, one 9in cucumber, 1/4 cup peppers, and two apples.
Following this regimen I usually try to feed everyone (I officially have four humans to feed now) the same food so I am not making two different meals.
Because of our chemical and process conscious ways we only eat organiv, free range chicken and eggs (grass-fed organic beef if I can find it). This means our eggs are about $5 a carton, depending on where I shop, and the chicken breast are $6-$7 a pack.
Feeding everyone the same meal for 15 days: chicken for example, 2x’s a day comes to roughly $200. $7.00×30 meals=$210. I see now that while essentially cooking one meal saves me time, it is costing my wallet.
Now that we are the “island” of Fort Irwin, my only option for groceries is the commissary, outside of driving over an hour to the nearest town.
With all of this being said I have set out to try and feed my family of four on less than $100 a week. While still maintaining our healthy eating habits. That means as few processed and “convenient” foods as possible, all organic dairy and meats, as well as the few processed foods we do purchase staying organic.
Once I accomplish this feat I will write a new post, with honest methods and results. This will be the true test of frugality for me.