At Sam's I was able to get about twenty pounds of meat way cheaper than the grocery stores! I wanted to use pineapple in a lot of my recipes and could buy that in bulk as well. I was able to get everything I needed for three whole weeks worth of food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and the newest Alvin and the Chipmunks movie for $170.00. When you subtract the movie, we've literally got seven breakfast meals, seven lunch meals, and seven dinners for $50.00 per week for our family of three. Way better! And much healthier! That breaks down to a little over $7.00 a day to feed my family. When it comes to feeding Ryan and Caleb, I cannot skimp with tiny portions either. I fix my boys a TON of food and they eat like crazy! I also have other meals that are big enough for leftovers the next day or if company shows up at the last minute.
When I got home, Ryan fixed dinner while I started to assemble my food. I have a Food Saver vacuum sealer and it made the whole process much easier. I made a bag for each meal and filled it with all of the ingredients. It took about an hour and a half to assemble everything, but it was well worth the effort. I'll set the meal in the fridge before I go to bed each night and then transfer it to the crockpot the next morning. We are fortunate enough to have a separate freezer to store all of the meals, so this works well for us.
I only used a recipe twice so that we weren't having the same meals over and over. I didn't want to burn my guys out! For the next three weeks, I will be using the crockpot or the grill for our meals. I am pairing the meals with easy steamed veggies that require little preparation. The only thing I should have to pick up at the store is Caleb's milk in the next three weeks.