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Offline AmandaL

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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #30 on: April 10, 2008, 10:08:25 AM »
Growing is fun for the kids too.  Many good lesson in growing food.  Unfortunatley  there are relatively few families that can grow enough to sustain an entire active family.  Personally, I think of the food that we grow as a bonus. It rarely figures it into my overall budget.     

Side note:  Its mind boggling at times to see how much food we eat (and I prepare).  My children are still young (4 and 5) and the thought of feeding them as teenagers (not to mention their friends that stop by) is more than I can comprehend!  YIKES!         
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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #31 on: April 10, 2008, 11:55:54 AM »
Thank you to all of you who gave input on ideas for eating on a budget. My companion and I have been discussing ways to make the organic/whole food diet happen at the Boy's Home that he supervises. There are ten boys in residence and the house really has to work within a budget due to the fact that this is a non-profit organization. We don't have children and therefore, haven't had the experience of buying for a family and doing the research. I read Amanda's detailed purchasing advice and am inspired to spend a week doing some research of my own. Does anyone know of an organization that could help in getting a garden going on the property where the group-home is located (Marin)? These children have severe emotional challenges and really benefit from therapeutic experiences. They have an Estuary Program in place already that the boys really love and we think garden therapy would also be beneficial.
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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #32 on: April 13, 2008, 06:00:49 PM »
My Whole Foods (Sacramento) has pork picnic roasts on sale for $1.99.  These are great in the crock-pot.  I like to make shedded pork tacos and/BBQ pork sandwiches.

Not sure if all WF's have the same sale items. 
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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #33 on: April 15, 2008, 09:28:10 AM »
Thank you Kelly, for asking my question. Thank you Amanda, for answering it. I'll definately check out your site for further tips. The prices you quoted are about what I'm paying, so your $120 - $200 a week seems doable for me. I was one of those who thought it couldn't be done, so I really appreciate your creative tips!    ;D

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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #34 on: April 18, 2008, 05:04:42 PM »
Hey Amanda,

This was amazing information. I printed all of this down as soon as I read it...I didn't want to forget anything you said. You inspired me. I keep trying to stay on my grocery budget and time after time, I fail. Tomorow is Saturady and I will be hitting our local farmers market - you rekindled and old flame. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #35 on: April 25, 2008, 02:26:43 AM »
Wow! It is wonderful to see all the conversations out there around how we can make living healthier lifestyles and making healthier food choices more viable to the everyday folks out there that don't think it is possible for one reason or another.
Thanks for doing the research and continuing the dialogues in an a open forum- type format so others can chime in and be inspired by your example.

Keep up the good work troops!

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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #36 on: May 13, 2008, 01:21:56 PM »
http://www.ethicurean.com/2008/05/07/perfect-pinch/

Here is an editorial on ethicurian.com with some tips on how you can stretch the food dollars you spend as well as the local foods you buy as far as possible.

Also, I have found that being creative is a key factor in making the best use of the produce and foods that I purchase.  I love the nights when I cook dinner at a non-cooking friend's house and they ask "all of THIS was just sitting in my fridge and pantry?!"  Even more important than the knowledge, the creativity and flexibility we learn at Bauman is the most valuable thing we can share with others.  After all, cooking and eating are sacred and FUN!

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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #37 on: May 16, 2008, 02:10:09 PM »
Whole Foods has whole chickens on sale for $.99/lb.
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Offline Marlina E

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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #38 on: May 16, 2008, 02:29:59 PM »
Rock on Amanda, thanks for letting us know.  I am going down to get one (or more!).
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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #39 on: May 16, 2008, 06:34:05 PM »
:)

I bought six!
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Offline SarahH

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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #40 on: May 19, 2008, 09:22:31 AM »
Wow Amanda - this is such great information!

I currently hit the grocery store a few times a week, and am struggling to get my budget in line.  I'm aspiring to be an organized kitchen goddess, so these tips are like music to my ears.

I'm wondering, is Friday a great day to shop because meats are usually on sale, or did you pick that day to coincide with the weekend (more time) and with the Saturday morning farmer's market?

thanks, Sarah




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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #41 on: May 19, 2008, 12:18:29 PM »
I orginally picked Friday because we have a kid-activity in the area of Whole Foods, so we are already in the general area.  However, there are many +'s to shopping on Fridays:

1. WH's is less crowded on friday than the weekend

2. If you are shopping on Monday then your pantries are low come the following weekend.  By shopping on Friday, I am ready to go for the weekend which is the time we are all here cooking and eating....there's no need to run out because I just did all of my shopping.  I have more time on the weekend to prepare larger meals which I eat for breakfast and lunch throughout the week.

3. Our local farmers Market is on Saturday.  By buying meat, grains and other staples on Friday, I have time to come home and sit with my cooking magazines and meal plan for the next week.  I wake up saturday with a clear plan for hitting the Farmers Market and I can get in and out in minutes.

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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #42 on: May 20, 2008, 08:20:22 PM »
I just wanted to share a great idea if you are pressed for time and want to feed at least 8 adults for around $20.00 and is nutritious.  Pick up a quart each of black beans, pinto beans, rice, and salsa fresca from a local mexican restaurant.  Don't get the free chips but do get the carrots.   At home, chop some lettuce &  avacado.  I put in all on a plate;  the lettuce, beans, salsa, avacado.  On mine, I add cilantro or parsley and kale, chopped finely and if you make brown rice it's even better.  It's cheap and fast.  The drawbacks are the amount of sodium the restaurant uses and of course it's not organic but something you can do in a pinch. 


Enjoy....

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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #43 on: June 05, 2008, 02:56:25 AM »
Hi there smart shoppers!   I'm giving a talk on meal planning and menu selection, next thursday the 12th.  I will be encoprorating everything I talked about on the original post of this thread, in adition to much more.  I wanted to know if you could share, and I could use, any other "tips" that you have come up with in the regards to this particular topic.

Also, if you are in the Sacramento area and would like to come, let me know and I can send you the info. 

Amanda
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Re: Feeding a Family E4H On a Budget
« Reply #44 on: June 06, 2008, 03:17:10 PM »
Amanda, you could do a post about your upcoming talk in the Community Calendar of this forum.  Once you have posted it, go back and open it and then on the bottom of the screen, hit "link to calendar" and you can link your post to the calendar, whose events also shows up on the right side of the BC homepage a few days before the event.

Just a thought.
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