Today was the first day of the SNAP Food Stamp Challenge with The Non Consumer Advocate. You can see my first post on this series to see the rules of the challenge. Since I shop by stocking my pantry and then eating what we have on had along with purchasing fresh items each week, I decided it would be easier if I calculated the cost of each meal. Since what I purchase at the store other than fresh items may not be eaten for a while.
The kids each had toast with peanut butter and jam, a scrambled egg and a half bowl of oatmeal. The total for each meal $.36 each so a total of $.72
My husband’s breakfast toast with peanut butter and jam with water $.21
My breakfast was toast with peanut butter and jam and a yogurt $.41
Total for all 4 of us for Breakfast $1.34
My husband’s take to work lunch, sandwich, tortilla chips, cookies, water, granola bar and tomatoes. Total cost for my husband’s lunch $.96
Kids and my lunch at home. Bean and Cheese Sauce burritos, tortilla chips with leftover cheese sauce, and half a pear each. $.60 each person
Total for all 4 of us for Lunch $2.76
Beef and Celery over Egg Noodles with Salad and homemade salad dressing. We also added half a plum for each person and a slice of banana.
Dessert was 6 mini chocolate pumpkin muffins .
Total cost for dinner with dessert for all 4 of us $3.58
Snacks for the day
I make my kids three snacks a day to eat during the day and if they are hungry before bed they will have some crackers or cereal.
Kids 6 snacks for the day peanut butter and jam sandwich, banana and lunchmeat. $.73 for all 6 snacks.
Cheerios and milk for my daughter before bed $.20 the rest of us did not eat any other snacks today.
Total for Snacks $.93
So I total for today’s food for our household was $8.61 or $2.16 per person.
How I purchase meat and bread
Now most of the items I used to make the meals were on sale as I like to stick to shopping the sales. The meat I purchase are all $2.99 a pound or less. The beef for our dinner was $2.49 a pound and this recipe calls for half a pound. I wait for ground turkey to be on sale at or around the price of $1.67 and then stock up. Most of the chicken I buy, I get from Zaycon Foods for $1.69/lb for boneless skinless chicken breasts. Between sales at Zaycon Foods I will purchase chicken breast bone in for $.99/lb or boneless for $1.99/lb when on sale and whole chicken for $.79/lb or less. I will buy a whole pork tenderloin at a time at Costco or at Safeway when it is on sale between $1.99/lb to $2.19/lb and cut it up into pork roasts and pork chops and freeze. All of these measures help to keep my meat prices low.
I also purchase organic whole wheat bread for our family on Saturdays at our local Franz Bread Store for $.80 a loaf. I get hot dog buns and hamburger bun on sale for less than $1 each normally and make most of our other bread type items myself at home.
How much does it cost per person, per day to feed your family? Are you below $4 a day per person?