A Dollar A Dinner

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Jennifer of Renewing Housewives. ___

Do you need a bit of motivation or inspiration in the kitchen?  Maybe just a challenge to get some creativity going?  Me too!  Sometimes it is difficult to feed our families nutritious, and appealing meals.  Groceries can be so expensive now-a-days!   And a lack of creativity can sometimes make our dinners less than special.  Today you are going to be challenged in this area!  My hope is that we will be encouraged to be creative, frugal and joyful!  Always joyful!


Remember that part of being a homemaker is finding creative ways to care for the needs of our families within our budgets  And isn't it invigorating to take on a challenge for the benefit of our dear families!? You may have never thought about how much you spend per person for each meal, but I suggest that you do.

Knowing what you spend on meals for everyone in your family will help you with your budget, it will help you plan your weekly meals, and as crazy as it sounds, it will help you to be creative in the kitchen!

Sure, it can be easy to find inexpensive recipes for breakfast and lunch, but what about dinner? Now that is a challenge!

Our family has nine children still living at home (ages 17 months to 15 years).  Even so, I am consistently able to stay at, or under, $1 per person for our evening meals.  And the price of food in our neck of the woods… well, plain and simple, it ain't cheap!  ;)  It takes forethought and some creativity, but it can be done!

Your challenge, should you choose to take it, is to plan at least five evening meals this week that cost less than $1 per person (per meal).  I usually spend about $10 per dinner, which makes that even less than the $1 per person.  These can be very simple meals.  Casseroles?  Mixed type meals, such as stir-frys or meat/noodle dishes.  Think outside the box, how about breakfast one night?  Make sure to include the main dish and two side dishes in each meal (dessert not necessary). Don't forget that fresh fruit is in season!

Try also to shop at discount grocery stores in your area.  Those types of stores won't always have the same items in stock, but you can save big if you're there at the right time.

Remember that these challenges are about learning, trying new things and finding joy in homemaking!  Report back on what you spent per person this week.  Tell us what meals you made.  Blog about it, share a recipe from your family's favorite night.  Post pictures of one of your meals.  Have fun!


Jennifer is the cherished wife of a very visionary man, and a home schooling mother to almost a dozen children. Her deepest desire is to consistently love her husband and children, and to be a diligent and joyful keeper at home, for the glory of God. Her favorite pastime is to encourage fellow housewives in their highest calling of wife and mother. When she's not creating Homemaking DVDs or hosting webinars, she can be found blogging at Renewing Housewives.



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