Wednesday, October 27, 2010

An old post revised, for moms struggling to put food on the table.

Our site is one of many that supports the mom who wants to be financially responsible. I just had one of our readers approach me today about meal planning with a budget in mind. I know many people are struggling financially right now and could use a little help. The good news is that there is a lot of help out there for you, if you are interested in finding it.

All three of us are quite frugal, and each of us does the best we know to do to keep our family in a good financial state. This entry is for the mommas out there who feel like they cannot make it from week to week, or for the person who knows somebody who could use a little help financially, in order to make ends meet. Here are just a few resources that are just a click away, or a short drive away:

COUPON help sites: is one of many sites out there that is designed to help a mom learn the tricks of using coupons, and the places to use those coupons. Crystal Paine is the author of this site, and she is very inspirational because she shows by example that moms can do something about their financial state. She is very self-disciplined and is a great model of financial discipline and the blessings that follow when you exercise that discipline. Check it out.

WIC (women, infant, children)
Help for moms or moms-to-be. Specifically, "low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five". Offers "checks" that are good for food such as eggs, cheese, produce, juice, milk, and peanut butter, amongst other things. It is very easy to see if you are eligible. Take a peak and see if this can help you. If it can, contact the WIC office close to you.

Food stamps aren't really stamps at all. They are actually a card that looks just like any other credit or debit card! Money is put on the card for you to buy your food with. Check out the site for more info, and to see if you qualify.

Once a month you can pick up one weeks worth of food for just $30, and there are many other food packages offered that you can choose from. Check out the site to see if there is a church hosting this ministry near you.
Anybody else know of any other great resources out there for moms who are struggling to feed their sweethearts?
For $1.25 a week, you can access weekly meal plans for a store in your area. Have an Adli nearby? Pick the Aldi's meal plan and be provided with a mealplan, and grocery list, designed to fit with a tight budget. Upside: Makes meal planning a snap, and can cut back on a grocery bill if you are spending $200 a week. Downside: You might not LOVE the meals...then again, you might think they are great. Kind of a toss up in that way. Great for someone who is not a picky eater.

One of our readers, Angela, gave us an inside scoop in her area:
"There are also SHARE food programs where you volunteer a little bit and then you can buy a package of food at a discounted price. I think each area/state has a specific program. Iowa's is"

And Gin added this:
"...another one we have found, similar to angel food ministries, is the Treasure Box ministry. it is also a once a month food box designed to feed a family of four lunch/dinner for one week. although we never thought in a million years that we would be needing it, we have been utilizing both in the last few months, and it has been a huge help."
Anyone have any other money saving tips on meal planning that they want to share? We'd love to hear from you!

1 comment:

Patricia L said...

Angel food is great! My family recently started ordering because our home church encouraged everyone to participate (under the thinking that the more people that order-- regardless of financial need-- the more boxes can be prepared and more people can benefit). It's good, (mostly) healthy food. It also provides us with some foods I normally wouldn't buy at the grocery store just because it's not on my "radar".