Feed Your Family for $0.50 a Person: 4 Moms

Feeding a large family on one income certainly adds interest to menu planning. This week the 4 Moms are challenging ourselves (and you) to feed your family for $.50 per person.

Our normal budget for the evening meal is $1 per person, but we have several meal options that are less than this (and lots that are more).

This week each of the 4 moms are  sharing how we feed our families for  $.50 per person.

Lentil Chili – This pleasantly spicy lentil dish is a family favorite. I almost always prepare this by substituting the pound of ground beef with another pound of lentils. Using homemade salsa is another way to decrease the cost of this meal. Since our family has grown (and we have some big-time eaters), I serve this with brown rice and raw veggies.

Favorite Black Bean Soup – This soup is very spicy and another of our favorites. To keep the cost under $.50 per person, you will probably want to omit the optional sour cream. Also, this recipe will usually provides leftovers for our family of 12.

Breakfast for dinner – Prepare eggs, any way you like them, add some homemade whole wheat toast or sourdough pancakes or mix-up a batch of homemade tortillas, saute some onions and peppers and serve egg burritos. A fruit relish is our favorite side dish. (but I’m not sure that would slide under the 50 cents a person limit)

Turkey Frame Soup – We do not have a recipe for this. Simply take the left over bones from a turkey and place in a large stock pot with a splash of white vinegar (this helps to get all the good-for-you marrow and stuff out of the bones) some garlic and onions. Cover with water and boil. We let it boil all day.

At the end of the day we strain out the bones and cartilage and pick through to reserve any meat that may be left. We add the meat back to the stock and then add spices (salt, pepper and oregano OR basil OR marjoram OR thyme), veggies (canned tomatoes and any other vegetables we have on hand) and a grain (we usually chose rice, but pasta, barley and a wide variety of other grains work as well).

Mexican – We make our own re-fried beans, taco seasoning, tortillas and salsa. Add cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. as you can afford.

Now it’s your turn to share how you feed your family for $.50/person.  Please play by these rules:

  1. You must link to a specific relevant post on your blog.
  2. Your post must include a link to at least one of the 4 Moms blogs.
  3. The post you link to must be completely family friendly.

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Visit the other moms of many to read about how they feed their family for $.50/person.

Smockity Frocks
Life in a Shoe
The Common Room

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7 Responses to Feed Your Family for $0.50 a Person: 4 Moms
  1. Cari Wiebe
    March 8, 2012 | 4:55 pm

    Sorry put my blog up twice. Please feel free to delete one. Again so sorry


  2. Debs
    March 9, 2012 | 3:13 am

    Might you be able to share the recipe/instructions for making your own re-fried beans please? Thanks!


  3. Amber
    March 9, 2012 | 7:00 pm

    Hopefully you got my email, but I want to let you know that I also left a comment on your post from Oct 20 thanking you for responding to my question. Sorry it took me so long.


  4. Shannon
    March 10, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    This series has me looking at my food budget. Do I feed my family for less than .50 a person, yes, yet there are no recipes that I can share to help others reach this goal. A meal that costs me .50 a person might cost someone else $1 or more per person.:( It is all in how we shop, and how big the family is. I am always looking for new ways to hit that kid of goal though, so thank you for sharing your from scratch recipes, and for sharing this topic!


  5. Melissa
    March 10, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    I’m curious as to whether you have any children with food allergies? My daughter cannot have lactose or gluten. We are a family of six and about 1/4 our monthly food budget is food for her. I have learned to make some things for her, but even the ingredients are costly.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Food allergies add a whole new dimension to food planning and budgeting.

    No, we don’t have any food allergies in our family, but we do make an effort to eat locally grown, organic, whole foods and this does add to our grocery expenses. I’m sure, though, that it doesn’t compare to what food allergies might do.


  6. Aubrey
    September 20, 2012 | 10:23 pm

    I use a similar recipe to your turkey frame soup. I made the mistake of calling the bones left over from a roast turkey a “carcass” around some of my immature family members, but the soup was no laughing matter. It was yummy!


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