Each week we’ll share our weekly menus as well as recipes for our family of 4, which includes two seemingly ravenous teenagers (& several of their buddies) and two adults. I mention that we include the kids’ friends in our menu because it’s become a habit for them to have friends over several times per week. For the past 15 years, we’ve spent, on average, less than $250 per month for groceries (& household items- cleaners, detergents).
Our menus include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. They also include various beverages. I do not include pet foods, although over the years we’ve often made our own for our pets.
On occasion we DO use coupons; with that said, our weekly menus are NOT based on coupon use. There are really great deals out there- and oftentimes if one is diligent enough, one can get free groceries/cleaners, etc. However, this requires considerable effort, regardless of the sites that tell you it’s simple. Here are several reasons that this is not so:
With that said, we do sometimes use coupons, but only on when it’s absolutely convenient for us.