The following is a sample grocery list of things that you can buy to feed your family of 4 for $275 a month. Why $275? According to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (the food stamp program in the U.S.) the national average of food stamp assistance for a family of four at the end of 2009 was $275.53 a month.
All the basic food groups are represented in this budget and the list contains very healthy foods with little or no preprocessed items. Unhealthy packaged snacks (think Twinkies, Hot Cheetos, etc.) are replaced with fresh fruits and crackers.
The grocery list covers enough food to provide at least 30 breakfasts for 4, 30 lunches (20 for 2 assuming the kids eat free lunch a school and 10 lunches for 4 on the weekend), and 30 dinners for 4. The list also includes items for snacks (sherbet, tortilla chips, etc.) as well as drinks for the family (juices, lemonade, etc.). This list is not meant for you to suffer after all, it is meant for you and your family to not only survive, but to eat healthy, be full and happy at every meal.
To see the breakfast, lunch and dinner meal breakdown, follow the 3 links below
Note: the 2 sets of prices are displayed to show the difference in brand comparison shopping
Note: this grocery list was prepared on August 10, 2010 by going to Target in Richmond, CA, which has recently added a full grocery section to their store. Upcoming articles will contain a similar shopping list for other stores to include Safeway and Trader Joe’s.
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