7 Ways To Feed Your Family For $25 A Week

7 Ways to Feed a Family of 4 for 25 dollars a day


If you are on a super tight budget, slashing your grocery bill is one of the fastest ways to make ends meet. Here are 7 Ways To Feed Your Family For $25 A Week that we know work when you put them into practice. Your menu doesn’t have to be all starch or ramen noodles. With the right plan, and some effort on your part you can feed your family healthy and delicious meals on a super low budget.

7 Ways To Feed Your Family For $25 A Week

Plant a vegetable garden. Your initial investment can be as low as $10 to buy seeds and some fertilizer. Create a small at home vegetable garden for things like tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, green beans, peas, corn and bell peppers. You can even create an indoor garden in small containers to keep your garden growing year round. Take advantage of excess produce to can or freeze items for use later in the year.

Barter for fresh produce or meats. Many people have home gardens with an abundance of fresh produce you can actually barter for. Offer to babysit, clean their home, do car repairs or exchange produce for hand crafted items they want or need. This is a great way to do something in exchange for food that costs you nothing more than your time.

Use less meat and more beans and vegetables. Since meats are the highest costs in your grocery cart most times, it is time to get serious about stretching it farther. Cut the amount of meat you use in recipes like tacos, spaghetti, stews, chili, soups or casseroles by adding in extra helpings of vegetables or beans. Mix in 1 cup refried pinto beans with ½ pound ground meat for yummy and hearty tacos. Make vegetarian soups and chili with beans and vegetables added.

Cook from scratch. You can make 2 loafs of homemade bread for around $1 instead of paying $2-$4 per loaf. Homemade oatmeal from quick oats or steel oats is $1.50 for 10-12 servings instead of $2.50 for 8 servings of instant. Homemade biscuits can be as low as $1 per batch instead of $4 for 12 in the freezer section. Spend time once a week making homemade breads and easily save $10-$15 off your weekly budget for cookies, cakes, breads, biscuits and tortillas.

Menu plan around sale items. Each week you can look closely at your grocery store sales to determine the best meat and vegetable deals to build your menu around. If roasts are on sale at a good price, buy one large one. You can slow cook it on the first day and serve small portions with potatoes and vegetables. Shred it and add some to a pot of stew and some to make enchiladas or tacos. You can plan your weeks menu around the best sale items to keep your budget down.

Feel like you are too busy to meal plan? Check out the Meal Plan guide for busy moms. 

Use leftovers for lunch. Instead of buying separate items for lunches, use leftovers from evening meals instead. It takes only a small amount more to create a lunch portion for the next day. The cost of separate items like bread, luncheon meat, cheeses and chips can really zap your budget. Leftovers are much less expensive and often much healthier.

Limit variety of foods. It is tough to have limits, but when you are cutting back limiting the options helps you save more. Buying one type of granola bar or snack means you can get a better price when getting a larger quantity. You will spend more money buying 3-4 options than a larger quantity of just one item. This also applies to things like meats, cheeses and beverages. Drink water or tea and avoid the soft drinks and extra juices.

Other great ways to feed your family for $25 a week include buying in bulk during seasonal sales, eliminating desserts, soft drinks and similar items from your diet. With a little extra effort, you can easily feed your family on a limited income.

20 Free things to do in Los Angeles

Free things to do in LA

These free things to do in Los Angeles will keep you and your family busy when you visit this city bursting with celebrities and entertainment.  While it is one of the most expensive places in the country to visit, it is also one of the best places for amazing free entertainment and museums.  Take advantage of all the great free things to do while you are in the area.

20 Free Things To Do In Los Angeles

  1. TCL Chinese Theater: Hollywood history is evident in this one major location in Los Angeles ever day.  From the beautiful theater itself, to the walk of fame and stars nearby.  This is one of the best free things to do in Los Angeles you can add to your list.
  2. Watch a Game Show Taping:  Tickets are free to be in the audience of many TV shows and Game shows.  Look up the tickets online and get yours in advance for a chance to sit in and watch a live television production.
  3. Chinatown: From observing an amazing unique culture to eating some of the best food you will ever experience, a visit to Chinatown is a must for every tourist in Los Angeles.
  4. Griffith Observatory: Look at the stars with the stars at this amazing observatory that gives you a view of the sky like no other.
  5. Hollywood Walk Of Fame:  Don’t miss out on seeing all of the Hollywood stars.  See if your favorite actor or actress has a star and take your picture with it.
  6. Exposition Park:  Take a walking tour for free of this great cultural location with tons of things for the entire family to explore and enjoy.
  7. California Science Center: This great hands on science center features tons of great things including the Space Shuttle Endeavor exhibit.
  8. Rodeo Drive:  Window shop with celebrities on Rodeo Drive.  While the price tags may keep you from making purchases, you can still enjoy a few hours of walking around taking in the sights and possibly bumping shoulders with a movie star or two.
  9. Getty Center: Amazing views of the city and an introduction to some of the most breath taking art collections this is a must visit on the list of free things to do in Los Angeles.
  10. El Pueblo Historical Monument: Visit this landmark of the beginning of this iconic city and learn more about the beginnings of Los Angeles.
  11. Leimert Park Village: Unique with its special galleries and cultural experiences of the African American life, this area has a special draw for many individuals.
  12. Hollywood Sign:  You can still hike up to and near the Hollywood sign for pictures and a unique view of the city.
  13. Grand Central Market: This is an amazing experience that will give you a huge selection of foods to enjoy, or simply a great time with culture and excitement.
  14. La Brea Tar Pits:  This infamous location in the city is a great place to teach your kids first hand about fossil fuels.
  15. City Hall Observation Deck: This is a great place to check out the views of the city and grab some amazing pictures for your memory books.
  16. Walt Disney Concert Hall:  This is a great unique tour that gives you a special view of a gorgeous piece of architecture in the community.  Some areas are off limits, but you can still view a lot of this beautiful concert hall on your own.
  17. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust: Remember how far we have come and how much we have left to accomplish when you visit this memorial to those who lost their lives at he hands of Hitler and the Holocaust.
  18. Echo Park:  Not only a great location to spend a day with the family, you can take in great sculptures and pieces of art in the process.
  19. Regen Projects:  Another amazing art gallery that showcases art work from new and old artists at no cost to you to visit.
  20. Grand Park:  This is the home to a multitude of concerts and events at no cost to you.  Head over and see what’s happening while you are in the city.

These great free things to do in Los Angeles are sure to keep you busy for several days while visiting this city of entertainment.

Can you add to my list?

Great Ways to Save on Southern California Travel

Great Ways To Save On Southern California Travel Destinations

Great Ways to Save on Southern California Travel

These great ways to save on Southern California travel destinations will make your next big family vacation totally affordable.  From a weekend getaway to a week long adventure, you can save tons of money using some of these great tips. 

Use Getaway Today to book: This site is a great online travel discount site that offers great deals on a ton of common Southern California destinations.  You can save on Disneyland, Legoland, Universal Studios Hollywood as well as your entire vacation.  From hotels and resorts to flights and entertainment tickets, this site gives you insanely good discounts on everything you want to do in Southern California. Tip: Use code CALISAVER at checkout and score a $10 off discount! 

Can’t pay for your entire Vacation upfront? Getaway Today offers “Layaway” plans!

Book outside your destination city: Instead of staying directly in the city of your entertainment destinations, look at the areas around that city.  Most major areas also have many smaller communities within a half hour of your destination that will offer much lower prices on hotels.  Check out condos, house rentals and even resorts for all inclusive stays that offer other great ways to save on Southern California travel destinations.

Bring your own groceries: One of the biggest savings on any travel is to bring or buy your own groceries.  Book a room with a kitchenette or condo with a full kitchen to take advantage of cooking meals in the room for you family.  From breakfasts and lunches to full meals you can take advantage and safe tons of money in your travel food budget this way.

Don’t want to travel with your groceries? Order them through Amazon and have the box sent right to your hotel room!

Drive instead of fly: Sometimes Southern California travel is more expensive since it is so tough to afford flights from cross country.  Research he costs of flights for your family and simply driving cross country. You may find that driving is much more affordable and still allows you a great vacation.

These great ways to save on Southern California travel destinations are easy to apply to your next vacation.  Make a choice on where you want to take your family, then start working your way toward ultimate savings with some of these great tips.

7 Tips for Getting the Best Garage Sale Deals

How to get the BEST Garage sale deals

7 Tips for Getting the Best Garage Sale Deals

Garage sale season is in full swing and with that means deals! Garage sales are a fantastic way to pick up items that you need or want at a fraction of the price you would pay retail. While yard sales are awesome, they can also be a bad thing if you don’t watch what you’re doing. Not everyone is honest and those people have no issue charging more than they should or selling junk. Before you head out to the sales this year, take a look at these 7 tips for getting the best garage sale deals. You’re sure to shop smart if you do!

Shop with a Budget – A lot of us can get into trouble hitting the yard sales because for some reason, we don’t equate them in our minds as actual shopping. After all, it’s only a few bucks, right? Well that few bucks adds up and if you’re not careful, you can totally tank your finances. To get the best deals, shop with a budget. When you have a set amount of cash you can spend, you are less likely to pick up junk and will instead be a bit choosier in what you buy.

Carry Batteries – I know this sounds silly, but a lot of electronics, especially kids toys and games run on batteries. Carry a few in a couple of different sizes (AAA, AA, C & D) with you so that you’ll be able to test those toys before you pay for them.

Make a list – Just like grocery shopping, don’t just hit the sales with no clear purpose in mind. Make a list of the things you are looking for. Doing this will help keep you on task for finding the really good deals on products you’ll actually use. It will also help you pay more attention to quality and price since you are keeping it in the forefront of your mind.

Dig, Dig, Dig – Not everyone is great at staging a yard sale so they will use boxes or bags to put items out. So what does this mean for you? It means there could be a goldmine worth of deals stuffed in bags and boxes. Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty and dig through them! I’ve found antique books stuffed in boxes that I paid $0.75 each for. I then sold them for over $30 each.

Negotiate like the Pro’s – People who hold yard sales expect two things and the biggest is to be negotiated with on their prices. Don’t be afraid to ask if they’re willing to take a lower price. Chances are, they will. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know and by not knowing, you can easily miss out on a great deal.

Leave the kids at home – I know, some kids love yard sales, but between the “I’m thirsty’s” and the “Mom! Can I have?” you can easily be distracted. This means you could pay more for items than you should or even miss out on something you need.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to walk away – If the deal is not what you need it to be, don’t be afraid to walk away. This actually serves two purposes. The first is that if you do walk away, you won’t spend more money than you need. The second is that most yard sale hosts won’t let you walk away. Instead, they have a tendency to call you back and deal with you. This is an excellent strategy for getting a deal that you might not otherwise be able to.

Yard sale deals aren’t hard to get, but you do have to stay on your toes. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll score all of the deals you want. Do you have any other tips that I missed? We’d love if you shared them with us!

Why you NEED Digit in your life (Plus reader reviews!)


I know, I know, I’ve talked about Digit quite a bit here on the blog.. but I really can’t express enough how awesome it is!! I’ve been using Digit since February and Digit has added over $1200 to our Digit savings account!

Don’t know about Digit? Here’s a quick overview:

Digit is a FREE automated savings program that pays attention to your spending habits, then finds small amounts of money from your checking account and determines how much you can save and transfers it to a savings account for you. It does this every.day.

You can read more about Digit here.

Why you need Digit in your life:

You need to save money! (without thinking about it of course) 

Digit has even added a new feature where you can add money yourself to your account. The best thing about it is that is is “out of sight, out of mind”! Here are some of the great things it has done for SCS readers:


Have a look at Digit here

How to choose what to stockpile

how to choose what to stockpile

How to Choose What to Stockpile

Stockpiling for your family is almost a must-do in today’s economy, but it can be extremely hard to decide exactly what you should stock up on for your family. If you stock up on the wrong types of items or food, you could end up with a bunch of waste, but if you stock up on the right types of items, you’ll be able to build a fantastic stockpile that will be there for your family if you need it.

For food, you definitely don’t want to be stocking up on things that your family doesn’t eat. There’s no real point in it, even if you’re stocking up for emergencies only. If you don’t eat it now, you won’t eat it when you need it. Instead, take a month and write down everything your family eats. Then, go through your recipe books or sites and find the recipes that your family loves, but that you may not have eaten that month. Add the ingredients to your list. These items are the things that you should stock up on. Don’t forget to include things like snacks, items for lunches and breakfast as well as any infant formula or baby food that you use.

For fresh foods and meats, you CAN still stock up on them. A deep freezer works well for meat, but even without one, you can build a significant stock by learning to can or dehydrating them. Fruits can be dehydrated to make them last longer. Dehydrated foods retain their flavor for years and can taste just as fresh as it was the day you bought it

You won’t want to forget about personal care items in your stockpile. Things like shampoo, body soap, razors, feminine napkins, diapers and more are all needed in your daily life to help keep your family healthy. To figure out how much to stockpile, watch how much of each item and which items your family uses in a month. If you have six brands of toothpaste and your family won’t touch four of them, you won’t want to continue stocking them. The same can be said for everything else. Brand loyalty is bad for your budget, but we all have certain ones we just don’t like. Those brands have no place in your stockpile.

Other items that you’ll want to consider are pet foods and accessories, baby items besides food, household cleaning supplies and household maintenance items (think lightbulbs and that type of thing). Not having those items when you need them can make life incredibly hard, especially if you don’t have the money to buy them. Make a list of what you use for each category of items and build from that. Just be sure to update your list as your family’s needs change.

Must-haves for organic gardens (and one you probably haven’t heard of!)

Must Haves for organic gardens

When we first started growing our veggie garden, several years ago– we did a TON of research because we really wanted our garden to thrive! (I mean, who doesn’t–you spend so much time on it!)

For the first garden we had–all we did was add soil and plant the seeds! LOL.. we generally think that is all there is too it–but we were most definitely wrong. Our first garden wasn’t very successful and we couldn’t even get our tomatoes to grow! :( We didn’t realize that is WASN’T about just putting the seeds in the ground and watching it grow.. you need to have the “right” tools to get them growing.

I’m happy to say that we’ve had a very successful garden each year after the first and after trial and error we’ve been able to find what helps our garden grow and be the most successful.



We use a organic soil– preferably the Amend Garden Soil (find it at Home depot or Lowe’s) it’s a little more expensive than most soil but it is totally worth it if you want a organic garden.



Rock Dust or Azomite:

You might have not heard of this–but we’ve found it a MUST-have for our veggie garden. After doing a lot of research, we learned that most soil isn’t properly mineralized. Meaning, its missing a TON of nutrients for your plants and for your family when you eat the veggies. This is why most veggies are a lot smaller when you grow them yourself–because  they are lacking the proper minerals for growth.

Think of it this way: When you take supplements in the pill form, you are taking them to give your body the accurate dosage of nutrients that you wouldn’t get out of your normal consumption. This is exactly what you are doing for your plants! However, its all natural and organic.

We haven’t found this in most big box stores–so we have to order online. We get this Root Naturally Azomite Rock Dust – 10 Pounds and it is enough for our garden to last us three years! (you only need 1 pound per 10 sq. feet of soil) and you do not need to apply every season.




Raised Garden Bed

This is great for those just starting out! They help keep snails and slugs out of your garden and If you rent a home, this makes the garden “not-so permanent”. I like this Raised Bed Connection Kit.

You don’t have to use a raised garden bed but be prepared to really fertilize your soil with Azomite and organic soils.

So what are your must haves for a organic garden?