I have a large family and I often get asked How I Feed My Large Family on a Budget. The answer is that I plan plan plan. Planning is key when it comes to saving money on groceries, which is why I love to put together on of my freezer meal plans.
I did my April budget planning video over on YouTube and I shared how we have been going out to eat WAY too much. We needed to go back to the basics! I broke out my freezer meal plans and got to work – because I love dump recipes! They are so easy!
Here are my top tips for feeding a large family on a budget:
1.) Plan ahead. This week, I made 20 meals for the freezer for under $165 in just under 3 hours. And it felt SO good! Dinner is DONE! I not only saved so much money, but I saved so much time. I see freezer cooking as insurance. If I have a freezer meal already prepared, I can easily throw it in the crockpot in the morning and I don’t eat out as much.
2.) Set a food budget. My food budget includes what I spend at the grocery store. I have a separate budget category for eating out.
3.) Use Cash. I use my cash envelopes. They save my food budget every month! Here is the difference with cash – When you go to the store and only have $100, you only spend $100. If your total comes up to $105, you will have to put something back. Maybe you don’t need that ice cream or soda. It makes you more accountable to your money.
4.) Make at home. Make your coffee at home. Make your lunch at home. Take 5 minutes and prepare ahead of time to have massive savings at the grocery store. I make my kids lunches, I drink coffee at home, I eat my own lunches at home.
We can make extra money, but we can’t get back time or make more time. Unless you’re saving it by freezer cooking and dump meals! Instead of spending hours in the kitchen every week making dinner, now I can spend it with my kids and dinner is done. YES!
Want to take back your dinner hour, feed your family amazing meals on a budget, and save a massive amount of time? Freezer meal plan with me! Here’s a video I did for you on feeding my large family on a budget.
Have you grabbed my freezer meal plans, yet? I might be biased but I think they are pretty amazing! They have saved our dinner hour for years now. Check them out!
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