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Old 09-24-2002, 06:21 AM
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USDA frugal family of 4

The USDA says that while a liberal family spends $174.80 a week on food, a frugal family spends $93.00. That is a difference of almost HALF! So I looked into it further. I found a lot of recipes and a list of foods for one week. I thought it was interesting. I thought I would share. If anyone has a great price book maybe they can figure this out.

Fruit and Vegetables:

Apples 6 small
Bananas 11 medium
Melon 1 lb
Oranges 26 small
Cabbage 4 oz
Celery 3 oz
Carrots 1lb 4 oz
Green Pepper 3 oz
Lettuce 4 oz
Onions 2lbs 8 oz
Zucchini 7 oz

Canned

Applesauce 2 oz
Peaches 1 lb 10 oz
Pears 13 oz
Green beans 12 oz
Spinach 10 oz
Tomato Paste 6 oz
Tomato Sauce 1lb 1oz
Tomato Soup 10.5 oz

Frozen
Orange Juice (8) 12 oz cans
Green Beans 5 oz
Peas 5 oz

Breads Cereals and Grains

Bagels, Plain (8) 1lb
Bread crumbs 2 oz
Bread, white 2.2 lbs
English muffins 8
Bread french 8 oz
Hamburg buns 8
Crackers 4 oz
Oatmeal 3 oz
Ready to eat cereal 6 oz
Barley, pearl 4 oz
Flour, enriched 1 lb 8 oz
Macaroni 1 lb 11 oz
Noodles, yolk free 2lbs 3oz
Rice 2 lbs 5 oz

Milk and cheese

Evaporated Milk 16 oz
Milk, 1% 2 1/2 gal
Milk whole 3 qt
Cheese, cheddar 8 oz

Meat and meat Alternatives
Beef, chuck roast 2.5 lb
Beef, ground 2.4 lb
Chicken fryer 1.5 lb
Fish, breaded frozen 1lb
cod, frozen 1 lb
Tuna 12 oz
Turkey breast 2lb 4oz
Turkey ground 2 lb
Turkey Ham (deli) 11 oz
Beans, kidney, canned 1 lb 11 oz
Beans, lima dry 6 oz
Beans, Northern, canned 9 oz
Beans, Chick Peas canned 10 oz
Eggs, large 15

Fats and Oil
Margarine 7 oz
Shortening 2 oz
Salad dressing, Mayo type 1 lb
Vegetable oil 9 oz

Sugar and sweets

Sugar, brown 2 oz
Sugar granular, 1 lb
Chocolate pudding instant 3 oz
Lemonade, ready to drink 1 gal

Other food items
small amount used in cooking

baking powder
baking soda
beef bouillon cubes
black pepper
red pepper
catsup
chicken bouillon cubes
chili powder
cinnamon
cornstarch
cumin
dry mustard
gelatin, unflavored
Lemon Juice, bottled
onion powder
oregano
paprika
parsley flakes
salt
soy sauce
sweet pickle relish
vanilla
vinegar
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Old 09-24-2002, 07:05 AM
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Sample menus for Monday Tuesday and Wednesday

The * items, have a recipe with them, tell me if you want to have them and I will post them as well.

Monday
b
Orange Juice 3 c
Ready to eat cereal 3 c flakes
Toasted English Muffins 4
1%lowfat milk 2 c
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Turkey patties *
Hamburger buns 4
Orange juice 3 c
coleslaw 2 c
1% lowfat milk
d
Beef noodle casserole*
Lima Beans 2 c
Banana Orange salad
(2 bananas 2 oranges)
1%lowfat milk 2 c
s
White bread 4 slices
Chickpea dip*
Lemonade 4 c

Tuesday
b
Orange Juice 3 c
Banana 4
Bagel 4
Margarine 4 t
1% lowfat milk, now referred to as just plain milk
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Crispy Chicken*
Potato Salad*
Orange gelatin salad*
paeches, canned 1 c
Rice pudding*
d
Turkey Stir Fry*
Steamed rice 3 c
White bread 4 slices
Peach Apple crisp*
milk 2 c
s
Orange juice 3 c

Wednesday
b
Orange Juice 3 c
Cooked Rice Cereal *
Bagels 4
Margarine 4 t
l
Turkey Chili*
Macaroni 2 c
Peach Apple Crisp*
Milk 2 c
Orange juice 3 c
d
Baked Cod with Cheese*
Scalloped Potatoes*
Spinach 1 1/3 c
Margarine 4 t
Chocolate pudding
s
Crispy potatoes*

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Old 09-24-2002, 01:40 PM
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Sample Menu for Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday

Here is the rest of that sample menu for week one. Does this seem reasonable to you? Let me know.

Thursday
b
Orange Juice 3c
Scrambled eggs 4
Hash brown potatoes 2 c
milk 2 c
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Turkey ham (11oz) 2 t salad dressing sandwiches 4
Baked beans*
Banana slices 2
Oatmeal cookies*
Orange Juice 3 c
milk 2 c
d
Beef Pot Roast*
Noodles 4 c
Peas and Carrots 1 c
Orange slices 2 c
Biscuits 8
Margarine 4 t
Rice pudding*
milk 2 c
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Lemonade 4 c

Friday
Orange Juice 3 c
Ready to eat cereal 3 c
English muffins 4
Margarine 4 t
Milk 2 c
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Potato Soup*
crackers 5 each
Tuna Pasta Salad*
Orange slices 2 c
Oatmeal cookies*
milk 2 c
d
Beef Pot Roast*
Noodles 4 c
Green Beans 1 1/3 c
Lettuce 1 1/3 c
Salad dressing 4 T
Rice pudding*
milk 2 c
s
Biscuits 8
Margarine 4 t
Lemonade 4 c

Saturday
Orange Juice 3 c
Baked French Toast*
Cinnamon sugar topping 4t
milk 2 c
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Potato Soup*
crackers 5 each
Apple and Orange slices (2 apples 2 oranges)
Rice pudding*
milk 2 c
d
Saucy beef pasta*
White bread 4
Canned pears 2 c
Orange juice 3 c
milk 2 c
s
Lemonade 4 c

Sunday
b
Orange juice 3 c
Baked Potato cakes*
White toast 4
milk 2 c
milk 2 c
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Baked fish sandwiches 4
12 oz fish 4 T salad dressing
Crispy Potatoes*
Macaroni Salad*
Melon 1 1/3 c
Orange Juice 3 c
milk 2 c
d
Turkey Cabbage Casserole 8 c
Orange slices 2 c
White bread 2 slices
Chickpea dip*
milk 2 c
s
none
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Old 09-26-2002, 07:12 PM
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Hi,

I would love to see your recipes!!!! Would you post them, please? That would be great! Your grocerylist seems pretty big, I bet it`s very expensive to shop like that. I try to get by with 40$ or under in a week, but we also don`t eat much puddings, cookies or desserts in general. also we only eat cereal for breakfast Lunches are leftovers or just a sandwich.....
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Old 09-29-2002, 04:54 AM
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BellasMom,

That was very interesting. Would you mind posting the link?

I try to cut costs by making my own bread, rolls, etc. and also all our desserts except for the occasional half-gallon of icecream.

I'm trying very hard to keep our grocery bill down because I just became a SAHM and we're suddenly trying to make due with just one paycheck.

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Old 09-30-2002, 04:51 PM
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http:/www.usda.gov/cnpp/

Tell me what recipes you would like. The site has a recipe for each that I put an asteric next to. If it was as easy as copying and pasting, I would put them all, but unfortunatly I do not know how to do that using the Adobe program.
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Old 10-01-2002, 05:04 AM
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Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, I cannot get the food plan to open on my computer. I'm not sure why. I would love the recipes for the Crispy Chicken, Baked Potato Cakes and the Baked Cod with Cheese. If it's a pain to do this, don't. I understand. If you had to choose just one.... hmmm... The Baked Cod with Cheese I guess.

Thanks for your efforts.

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Old 10-01-2002, 06:45 AM
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Oven Crispy Chicken

Broiler fryer, cut up 1 1/2 lb.
milk 1/4 c
flour 1/2c
paprika 1 t
pepper 1/2 t
Ready to eat flake cereal, slightly crushed 1 c
Vegetable oil 4T

Prep time 15 min
Cook time 30 Min

1 Remove all skin and visible fat from chicken. Place milk in a bowl. Add chicken pieces; turn to coat
2 Combine flour, paprika and pepper on a plate.
3 Lift the chicken from the milk, and save the milk. Coat with the seasoned flour and place on a wire rack until all the pieces of the chicken are coated. Redip the chicken into the milk.
4 Place the crushed cereal on a plate. Place the chicken on the plate of cereal. Using 2 forks, tun the chicken to coat with the cereal.
5 Place the chicken on foil lined baking tray; drizzle oil over chicken.
6 Bake at 400*, for 15 minutes. Turn chicken over; continue to bake until chicken is cooked thoroughly and crust is crispy, about 15 minutes more.

calories 350
fat 15 g
sat fat 4 g
cholesterol 93 mg
sodium 503 , mg

Baked Cod with cheese

Cod fillets, fresh or frozen 1 LB
Cheddar Cheese, shredded 4T

prep time 7 min
cook time 15 min

1 Thaw & prepare cod according to directions on package.
2 After Cod is full cooked, sprinkle cheese on the cod, return to oven to melt cheese, about 3-5 minutes.

Calories 155
fat 5 g
sat fat 3 g
cholesterol 65 mg
sodium 160 mg

Potato Cakes

New potatoes cooked, peel, and mashed 2 c
egg 1
flour 1T
milk 2 T
Veg oil 1/4 c

prep time 10 min
cooking time 5 min

1 mix mashed potatoes, egg flour, and milk thoroughly.
2 shape into flat cakes, about 1/2 inch thick
3 Heat oil in Skillet
4 Add potato cakes to the hot skillet. Cook until golden brown and heated thru.
calories 210
fat 15 g
sat fat 3 g
cholesterol 54 mg
sodium 22 mg
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Old 10-01-2002, 03:14 PM
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chuckle Re: USDA frugal family of 4

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Originally posted by BellasMom
The USDA says that while a liberal family spends $174.80 a week on food, a frugal family spends $93.00.........If anyone has a great price book maybe they can figure this out.
Don't have a price book but I did do a little quick guesstimating. I came up with $96.50....depending on which of the small food items you would have to purchase. It's a conservative estimate however. Anyone achieving this would have to be an excellent shopper. I shop "discount" food stores(these have dented cans, slightly outdated products, etc.), box stores and watch the sales very carefully.
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Old 10-02-2002, 06:58 PM
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Pinkie Winky Great Job, Robsctrymom!

I am actually shocked how close that is!
It is amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it!
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