Family Feasts for $75 a Week: A Penny-wise Mom Shares Her Recipe for Cutting Hundreds from Your Monthly Food Bill

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What would you do with an extra $100 each month?
Let 's face it. Staying within a budget these days is a hard act to stick with, especially if you have a family of four or more. When juggling a busy schedule dedicated to school, work, and family activities, convenience has a tendency to overrule thriftiness-and we all know convenience comes at a cost. But if you can master your spending in just one area-your food bill-you will greatly expand ...

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Overview

What would you do with an extra $100 each month?
Let 's face it. Staying within a budget these days is a hard act to stick with, especially if you have a family of four or more. When juggling a busy schedule dedicated to school, work, and family activities, convenience has a tendency to overrule thriftiness-and we all know convenience comes at a cost. But if you can master your spending in just one area-your food bill-you will greatly expand your spending options for other, more rewarding areas of your life.

What would you do with more free time in your day?
You 've heard the saying " time is money, " and time well spent can save you big bucks. Learning how to compile grocery lists, compose weekly menu plans, and shop less will not only save money at the register, it will also save you time in the store and in the kitchen. Come to the table prepared to enjoy the feast as you build time-saving skills that will serve you and your family for a lifetime to come.

What would you do with more fun-filled family opportunities?
Saving time and money will not only make you feel good about yourself, it will also give you the greatest spending opportunity of all-more family fun. Whether planning for a special getaway, staycation, or simply a weekly family night, your family is your best investment. With all the time and money you 'll save, you 'll be able to refocus your energies where they matter most-with the ones you love.

Whether you 're overhauling your entire budget or just trying to save a little here and there, making a dent in your grocery bill may seem challenging in today 's market. A typical supermarket trip can easily cost a minimum of $100, and if you 're feeding an average family or larger, that number can soar even higher. What 's a mom on a budget to do?

Family Feasts for $75 a Week to the rescue! Written by blogger mom and penny-pincher extraordinaire Mary Ostyn, who prepares three meals a day for her family of 12 for $800 to $900 a month, this book is stuffed to the gills with Mary's expert, in-the-trenches tips on savvy food shopping, plus 200 delicious recipes for homecooked meals that make the most of economical ingredients.

Selected by Good Morning America as one of the best cookbooks of 2009, Family Feasts for $75 a Week offers real-world advice teaches real-world families how to save in more ways than one.

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For budgeting family expenses, blogger Mary Ostyn is the go-to girl. This mother of ten knows the secrets of penny-pinching food shopping, and she also knows how to make those items into meals that even finicky youngsters can enjoy. Family Feasts for $75 a Week contains 200 economical but tasty recipes. Think of it as an investment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780848732967
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 632,109
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ostyn is a blogger and freelance writer. Her blog (http://owlhaven.net) is a place to share parenting tips and money-saving ideas. Mary contributed to Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul, and has written articles for Christian Parenting Today, Adoption Today, Adoptive Families, among others. Her first book, A Sane Woman's Guide to Mothering a Large Family releases in April 2009 from Gibbs Smith. She lives in Nampa, Idaho, with her husband and their ten children.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Doesn't Sacrifice Taste or Nutrition

    I'm always looking for ways to feed my family well on a budget and was happy to discover this cookbook full of recipes that promise to be inexpensive. The book starts with tips for saving money at the grocery store, how to streamline the preparation process, cooking efficiently, and tips for making extras to freeze for future meals. The author knows how to do this because there are 12 people in her family. I figure if she can do it well with that many children, I should be able to make some progress with just three of us left in my household.

    The book contains 200 recipes, including dishes for breakfast and lunch, casseroles and oven meals, stir-fries and skillet meals, pasta, soups, stews and chilis; sides and salads, breads, muffins, and desserts; recipes for entertaining on a budget, and recipes for homemade pantry items such as baking mixes, seasoning mixes, etc. Some of the recipes have an ethnic flair using Indian or Ethiopian seasonings but there really wasn't any that I wouldn't be willing to try.

    I made the Mexican Tortilla Skillet casserole and my family liked it well enough for me to make it again, but next time I'll use canned diced tomatoes instead of tomato puree as a personal preference. Otherwise the taste was good and it was inexpensive to make. I haven't done the math to know if I can really feed my family on $75 a week, but in looking over the recipes, it does seem that they can be made cheaply without sacrificing taste or nutrition, so this is a cookbook I'll refer to often while adjusting the ingredients according to my own family's tastes.

    This would be a great cookbook for anyone who wants to make the most of their food budget whether they have a large family or not.

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