Susan asks, “I am interested in your menu for an entire day (3 meals) with costs. Could you possibly do a post with examples of your menu plan for a
day or 2 with costs and total spent in 24 hours for your family?”
Thanks so much for asking Susan! Here is a list of a typical week of breakfasts and lunches.
Hubs eat long before we are all awake and usually eats oatmeal during the winter and cold cereal during the summer. (Quaker is easy to stockpile as it will drop in price and there are often coupons out.)
I typically eat cold cereal every morning. Special K or Raisin Bran.
Hubs takes a sandwich, yogurt, granola bar (easy to stockpile, just like the oatmeal!), and piece of fruit.
I eat soup, salad or leftovers and a piece of fruit.
Boys eat a “mini-dinner.” In switching them to the GFCFSF diet, lunch has definitely been the most difficult. In this culture, lunch = sandwich or wrap with cheese. Both no-no’s for the GFCFSF diet. They generally eat canteloupe or apples, leftover meat/chicken/pork with GF cornbread. They also drink “banana juice,” as they call it! A banana smoothie.
handful of blueberries
Apple juice and water
2 Juice Plus capsules, powder put into juice
So a general cost breakdown on all of this…I try to keep it at $10-15 a day, or $300-$350 a month. The GFCFSF flours I need to make their snacks and the rice milk that costs double the cost of cow’s milk are what put a large dent into our budget. I use AS MANY coupons as I can find for these items and for our favorite products.