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MIRANDAFRM2 Posts: 291
3/29/13 10:50 A

Buy your fresh fruit when it is in season only. Bananas are always cheap and my kids go through them like crazy. Check adds and don't forget that Walmart price matches. I also buy seeds (only a dollar a pack or so), put them in old egg cartons and grow in my back yard when it warms up. This give me fresh vegtables. If you don't have room for that maybe your communitty has a farmer's market on the weekends and I find they are cheaper than the stores and usually taste better and could even be organic.

3/28/13 5:18 P

Another big help is to stop shopping at big stores and go to smaller store they tend to be cheaper. I'm not sure where you live but if you can go to stores like sams club you can buy in bundles or a bigger size and it will last longer

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3/17/13 11:56 A

Couponing is a big thing in the USA some families darn near eat free.. Look up and get some hints how these ladies do it.. Many have cellar filled up and donate to others..

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3/4/13 12:15 P

I am a single mother of a toddler myself and I have been having some of the same problems as you. I make to much to be on food stamps anymore and have to plan grocery shopping for an even smaller budget.
First we stopped buying the popular easy convience foods and started making a meal plan.
Then, I looked into what I could make myself and freeze for later, chicken nuggets were at the top of the list my daughter loves them.
Then, I look online at the weekly adds for all the stores in my neighborhood and always shop for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk meats before I shop for anything else.
I am always looking for new recipes that kids will eat and that are very healthy as well.

I hope this helps you, it has helped me alot.

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2/22/13 12:19 P

The possible higher costs of good foods over junk foods evens out in good health and less doctor bills. And as I said, "possible" higher costs. I really don't see where one pays more for good foods these days. With coupons and day old or ugly trays, etc. one can find ways to keep the prices down. I don't even agree that they are that much more expensive unless one is going "organic" or something. But regular produce is not all that expensive compared to the already prepared junk or unhealthy choices out there. It can be done, just look around for the deals and keep good foods in the house for you and your kids. It will pay off in the long run.

2/15/13 1:57 P

I go to all my brands that I use and sign up to receive coupons. I also buy produce that is in season and locally when available.

Coupon clubs to trade the coupons you have for other coupons that you need.

2/12/13 12:21 P

I would also recommend coupons. And the store cards. Many times, the stores have items on sale that week that have a corresponding coupon in that week's paper.

I don't get the paper either--perhaps you could ask your neighbor or someone at work/church to save you the coupons each week. There are some that are delivered with your mail, usually, too--I think it's Red Plum.

Also, if you have certain pricey items for your kiddos (chicken nuggets?) go to Tyson's website and look for coupons. I have also heard that writing mail to the company asking for a coupon will often result in $1 or $2 coupons, and usually more than one.
If you particularly love an item, tell them, and ask since you buy it all the time, a coupon would be appreciated.

Also, if you're on Facebook, many brands have pages that list coupons, freebies, etc.

But since you have several little ones, surfing the 'net isn't a great use of time. I would at least get the most used item in your house a try with the above suggestions.

And Swediepie offered an excellent suggestion--buy when on sale and freeze. Make one day a week dedicated to cooking (and this is the day you shop). You will save money on items that must be sold, and spend less time in the kitchen during the week, so you can be with your babies.

Hope that helps. Best of luck!

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
2/6/13 4:42 P

One of the things that I do to cut costs for fruits and veggies are to buy from the "ugly" tray in the produce section, as I call it. The rack that they deeply discount fruits and veggies on. I buy all of my bananas from there, peel and freeze them, and use them in recipes or smoothies that way for so much less per pound. I buy peppers that are ugly and everyone passes over- I get them home, wash them, slice and freeze them for stirfrys. I'll buy potatoes and come home and immediately peel, boil and mash them then freeze for mashed potatoes for the family. It's more work, and the fruits and veggies might not look perfect like they are out on the regular display, but I carefully pick through and find great bargains.

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2/6/13 3:03 P

I am a newly single parent of 3 toddlers and have a very limited income for my food budget, I tend to buy sale items and items I know my kids will eat. This does not leave alot of room for fresh veggies and fruits. I also can not afford to seperate our bread and milk like I used to, now i just eat what I buy for them. How can I take a food stamp budget and still get results? emoticon

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