42 Homestead-Style Dinners for Under $20!



Times are tough. Feeding a family of six is expensive. Normally we try to feed our family farm fresh eggs and tasty produce from our homestead garden, but heading into a cold Wisconsin winter, like most families, groceries are our main source of food. On our road to becoming homesteaders we pinched all of our pennies and learned a thing or two about stretching our dollar.  We also have the homestead skills to make our own bread, tortillas and pasta.

So we challenged ourselves: Could we feed our family of six, for one week a delicious homestead dinner for under $20? That’s six people multiplied by seven days or, in other words, 42 homestead dinners for under $20. That is just $0.47 cents per dinner!

The rules are to only use groceries (within $20) and we could only use salt and pepper and some oil from within our kitchen staples. Normally, we would use eggs from our chickens and produce from our garden, but for this challenge, we did not allow that and used only our $20 worth of groceries.

Assemble Your Frugal Homestead Shopping List

We created a list and started shopping around. We have a local Aldi and the prices and selection seemed doable within our tight budget. Our strategy was to focus on cheap made from scratch staples.

We started by buying a bag of flour for $1.15 and a package of yeast for $0.89. This would provide us with homemade bread, hamburger buns, pasta noodles and tortillas all for around 10% of the entire budget! We also found a discounted, 10-pound bag of Russet potatoes for only  $1.49! This was a huge score and would work in many homestead meals. Here is our entire and exact list of items we purchased: 

12/25/2020 6:55:46 PM

How long ago was this originally posted given the prices listed. Nice idea but today it would be way more than $20 [12/2020]

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