This post contains a list of local resources and websites that have been recommended by members of our ward who have found them useful in budgeting for groceries and storing food. Perhaps a little money saved each week on groceries could be set aside for acquiring basic food storage.
Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas!
Websites with helpful information:
Finances information and budgeting worksheet.
Click here for a link to the Family Finances page of the LDS church's Provident Living website
Click here for a budgeting worksheet
Recipes using basic ingredients published by USDA.
Click here for a link to this USDA site. Halfway down the screen you will see a "Recipe Finder" box. Enter an ingredient. A list of recipes will come back, each one rated by people who have used them. I entered "beans" and a quick, easy recipe for bean burritos came back. It used inexpensive ingredients, was quick to make, and looked delicious.
$70 weekly menu planning. This is a website with many recipes and ideas for budgeting.
Click here for a link to a page with a week's worth of menus for $70. A good idea starter.
Coupons and Online Grocery Ads
Many people use coupons and online grocery ads very effectively to reduce the money spent on groceries. Here are some websites that have been recommended as helpful:
Local grocery store online ads:
Click here for a link to the Aldi ad
Click here for a link to the Hy-vee ad
Click here for a link to the Price Chopper ad
Click here for a link to the HenHouse ad
Also, keep in mind that stores (such as Price Chopper) will often have different prices depending on the part of town in which they are located.