Answers to the most commonly asked questions…
1. How many people do these meals feed?
The recipes posted are just what I make for my family. My husband, myself, and my 3 boys, ages 5, 3 and 1. Yes, if you have a larger family or family with older children, then the recipes would need to be adjusted according to your family’s size and needs.
2. Are these prices for real?
Y-E-S. Yes! I have never been dishonest about prices. I live in the midwest where prices tend to be less than other areas of the country. I never pay full price for anything. I always buy products that are on sale and I actively use coupons to reduce my grocery budget even further.
3. How do you figure the cost breakdown?
For most protein ingredients, the price is on the package. For produce, I remember the prices, but keep my most recent receipts on hand in case I forget! For smaller ingredients like spices, flour, oils, etc., I have figured out how much those are per tsp and Tbsp.
4. Do you have any dietary restrictions?
For a time we were GFCF (gluten free, casein free), but have since learned that our oldest has a true dairy allergy and is not allergic to wheat. He is also allergic to potatoes, pears, ham, turkey, lamb and rye. You won’t see those ingredients around here too often! I make all meals from scratch and use as little processed foods as possible. We recently reintroduced potatoes to the oldest’s diet and have done well thus far.
5. What falls into your grocery budget?
All food, cleaning, household needs and toiletries. I also include any medicines like Tylenol or cold medicines. Prescription medications and vitamins/calcium supplements go under our “medical” line of the budget. Diapers and wipes go under baby budget, but I can sometimes get them into my monthly budget with the right coupon matchup and sale price. I do buy some products from Amazon using Swagbucks credits and get them “free.”
6. Where do you shop for groceries?
Almost exclusively at Kroger. I will bop into the drugstore every now and again for a great deal on food or diapers, and I visit the health food store once a month or so to stock up on allergy free ingredients.
7. Have your written any cookbooks?!
If you have any other questions, please email me at 5dollardinners at gmail dot com.