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  1. Brilliant! I don’t have a family of nine to feed (only 2 of us!), but I enjoy stocking up. One thing we have is a meat order that provides us with our meat for 6 months and then in 6 months we get the next load. We pay monthly for it and it reduces me impulse buying meat, etc. And they planned the portions/types of meats around what we eat/want. It’s helped a lot!!

  2. Oh if you could see my freezer….and pantry… and closet! I love that you hubby does the shopping!! :)

  3. I love having food in my freezers – all 3 of them! Like you, I can feed our family of ten for $3 or under per dinner. It is encouraging to read of others who are able to eat well for so little!

  4. Wow! Sounds like you were able to take advantage of some great deals and then enjoy them on your own schedule! Very cool! And I’m impressed that you can fit all that in there, as well.

  5. This was sooo fun to read!! I have 9 siblings myself, but we grew up on a farm where we raised our own meat and vegetables and drank the milk from the dairy cows. It’s so neat to see how large families swing it with grocery shopping at the store :) AND it’s great to see that it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg!! (I don’t mean to imply that we didn’t go grocery shopping at all, we did :P)

  6. I do the same thing! Since I have a stockpile of meat, flour, sugar, etc. all I typically have to purchase for groceries each week is dairy and produce and then I spend the remainder of my weekly budget stocking up! It’s especially fun when I find meat that’s marked down….I build up the freezer stockpile for very little!!

  7. We have 5 children, and I shop in the same way. My freezer is full of turkeys (I bought 9 last November), chicken breasts, boneless pork roasts, some chuck roasts and a couple of hams.

    When potatoes were on sale before Thanksgiving, I bought 360 pounds.

    We have lots of meals for $3 for the family!

  8. I’m learning to stock up….I went tonight with a handful of coupons and sale papers and had a reciept of 249.82 but only paid 150.00. I still can’t believe I did it….or if I can do it again. Now I need to learn how to organize my stuff to make better use of space..

  9. Having a well stocked pantry and freezer feels really good too:) Not only will you have gotten great deals, you also don’t have to worry about the weekly shopping trip if something comes up and your not able to go, you know you’ll still have dinner:)

  10. Thanks for the encouragement to be more thrifty with our pantry. As I was reading I thought of a question (which doesn’t apply to me now but has in the past). Do you have any suggestions for moving (long distance) and keeping perishable food from spoiling without just getting rid of it/giving it away beforehand?

    • @Lindsey,
      I have only moved 5-6 hrs. away, and we loaded up our perishables in an ice chest to take with us.

      I have been the recipient of lots of good food from friends who have moved across the country or even over seas, though. They couldn’t take it with them, and blessed us with it! You might be able to find a family who needs and would appreciate your perishables.

  11. Impressive! I’ve been struggling a bit with grocery shopping since we’re focusing on local meats, fruits, and veggies. Right now, I’m waiting until the school year is finished before working on the grocery shopping again. I feel so inspired reading your post!

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