I have been trying to find ways to save money with our large family. The kids are getting so big and eating more and more. So, I decided to make some food in bulk and freeze it. I took this afternoon and made waffles, pancakes and burritos.
The kids love waffles and pancakes for breakfast, but I don't have time to make the daily especially during the week. I can't afford to buy frozen waffles from the store. The kids would eat a couple of boxes in one sitting. So, I made a bunch of waffles and froze them. Flour is pretty inexpensive. It was so easy and cheap. Then the kids just have to grab them out of the freezer bag and pop it in the toaster!
They are always hungry when they get home from school, so I thought I would make some burritos up too and freeze them. A couple of minutes in the microwave and they're defrosted. I love to cook! It is so much cheaper to take a little time and do this rather than buy already frozen food. Plus it doesn't have all the preservatives.
I also bought a pork loin for about 20 bucks this past week. I cut it up into pork chops. One pork loin made about 35-40 boneless pork chops. I know to buy boneless pork chops already cut up is very expensive. Then I put it in freezer bags of about 7-8 a bag for different meals. I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of them.
Another way I try to save money is by making my own laundry detergent. It's so easy and it lasts me about a year. It usually costs about $10-20 for all the ingredients and it's enough to make it again with all the stuff.
There are always ways to save money. Having a large family is a little more expensive, but if you watch what you buy and how you buy it, you can save money. Some people with smaller families aren't usually so careful in how they spend their money and some spend as much as we do if not more. We usually don't go out to eat because that is so expensive for our family. But we do try to watch for specials when some restaurants do kids eat free nights. It's nice to eat out every once in a while. I love having a large family and they are way more important to me than having nice things that are of earthly value.