After renting for years, we have finally purchased our very own home. It is not yet built, in fact, the basement has not even been dug yet! Our closing is 1 year away and now we’re frantically saving and trying to reduce our consumer debt by 25%. We’re doing this as
a) a condition of our pre-approved mortgage (we don’t quite have to reduce it 25%, that’s our goal)
b) so that we do not become house poor…great house yes, but we can’t go anywhere, do anything or have a life once we move in.
We are generally very prudent with our spending. I grew up in a family of 6, sometimes we had 2 incomes, sometimes we didn’t. My mother was raised by the King and Queen of Frugality, Bob and Dorothy Allen, so most of her spendthrift ways rubbed off on me (*sniff *- I miss them ALL). Amy was raised by an often single mum, so she also knew what it was like to save her pennies. Recently we’ve taken to try and feed our brood on a meager $250.00 a week. This includes diapers and toiletries for 10 too. Many people find it hard to believe that we feed a family this large on so little…but it definitely can be done.
We will be posting a weekly menu and total cost of our meals. This week includes Thanksgiving dinner so it’s a little more expensive than most weeks, but we’re still coming in under budget for groceries. For my American friends, we do celebrate Thanksgiving about 6 weeks earlier than you all. So here’s our menu for the week of October 11 to October 17. You can find some of our recipes here.
|Sunday||Thanksgiving Dinner – Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, butternut and acorn squash, peas, pumpkin pie||$35.36|
|Monday||Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole, Salad||$5.27|
|Tuesday||Oktoberfest Sausage Soup, Homemade Biscuits||$11.86|
|Wednesday||Beef Noodle Casserole||$12.26|
|Thursday||Spicy Pork Roast, Lipton Noodles and Sauce, Frozen Mixed veggies||$9.81|
|Friday||Roasted Chicken, oven roasted potatoes, veggies||$8.34|
|Saturday||Tomato Basil Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta, Salad||$13.25|
We usually shoot for a dinner budget between $70 and $80 per week…or around $10 a meal. This week’s budget was a little more than that at $96.15. I left out our beverages for the meals, which is generally milk, and that will add another $10. Considering it’s Thanksgiving, I don’t think we faired badly at all.
If there are any other recipes that you would like, please feel free to ask and I will try and post them on our Recipe page.