12 Budget-Friendly Meals for Feeding a Crowd of Hungry Mouths

What is it like to feed a large family on a very tight budget? Here are some of my strategies.

First, let me give you a bit of my background. I am the mama to four grown children, all born within two years of each other. I was a stay-at-home-mama in the late seventies and through the eighties and nineties.

My wonderful husband worked very hard and often long hours so I could stay home with our kids. As a result, I felt it was essential that I cut expenses whenever and wherever I could.

As our kids grew and started eating regular food, and not just breast milk, it became more and more evident that I had to come up with some ways to cut those costs.

That made for some very creative cooking, especially at times when payday was a couple weeks away and I still needed to make meals for six people.

Here are some of my tips:

1. Always buy fruit and veggies when they are in season. They are cheaper then and actually taste better. We looked forward to summer in the San Francisco Bay area because of all the peaches, plums and apricots you’d find in the market and on neighbors’ trees.

2. Avoid the higher-priced, brand-named items in grocery stores. They are mostly not that different from the generic or store brands, and the prices are significantly lower.

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