Could you feed a family of
four for less than 17 dollars a day? One Henrico woman has made it her mission
to do just that while keeping the meals healthy and nutritious. She shows our Diva
of Discounts how it works.
Feeding a family can get expensive.
Leigh Ann Luscan shops for four: herself, her tri-athlete husband Dave plus two
children, Simon and Rowan.
As she gets back into holistic health
counseling, the most common challenge she hears from people is finding time and
"The average food assistance monthly
budget per person is $128. For a family of four, that means $512," Leigh Ann
So the Luscans created the 512 Project.
They will spend no more than that for everything they eat for a month.
Before, Dave frequently bought
breakfast and lunch. How much on average did they spend a day? "10 to 15
dollars," Dave says. Now he takes leftovers.
"That's really made a huge difference,"
added Leigh Ann.
Leigh Ann relies on staples that save
money: dry rice, beans and lentils.
"Onions and garlic and carrots and
celery...they're the base for anything we do," she explained.
Dave says this vegetable fried rice cost,
"$7 for dinner and probably two lunches tomorrow." No more tossing food. It gets used
before it expires.
"Now we make soup, the pot is frequently
going on the stove," Leigh Ann said.
Leigh Ann likes organic, but has realized
not everything has to be.
"It costs $5 for a head of organic
cauliflower and probably two for a head of conventionally-grown," she said.
She buys less expensive proteins like
chicken thighs instead of breasts, plus less processed meat.
"Dave helped me roast my first whole
chicken and we had leftovers and made chicken stock," she showed us.
Leigh Ann compares store sales and
plans her shopping trips, plus she does it all without using coupons.
"We're saving so much money...these
habits will continue indefinitely," said Leigh Ann.
Leigh Ann is sharing her venture on facebook with different ideas to help you eat healthy on a budget. If you want to see how she does it, click here.
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