Well, now that my pantry is low, I have really been able to see how much I can spend- and this month's menu was done for under $250.00, I actually gave myself $300 for budget, because I realized the kids eat so much, unless I have a stocked pantry to cook out of, I just can't do it for as cheap as I used to!
I think I came close to $220 for this menu- but I had 3 "company" meals I had to come up with and so spent money on things that weren't on the menu. All total, I did it with $250, so I did have some excess of $$- which is so much nicer than cutting it right down to the last cent.
I don't think I'll do that again this month- that was too much boxed mac & cheese (granted, it's a really cheap meal, but so unhealthy!).
I was thinking about how much my kids eat the other day- and you know, they do eat alot! Naomi is one now, and she will eat a whole sandwich plus fruit or veggies. If I use store bought white bread, the boys easily eat 4 sandwiches each before I tell them to stop and eat some carrots or something. It continues to increase every year. Good thing Luke is going hunting this year!