Is it just me or is food taking over the family budget? Between food and the non edibles required to put a meal on the table and keep the house clean and the laundry done it is chewing up (no pun intended) about 20% of our income. A site I visited on line suggests 10 to 20 percent of your income. There is just the two of us. We are on the high end of the estimate (granted I am including non edibles in this). How are families with two or more kids managing? How are people on minimum wage doing it? What about seniors trying to survive on government pensions (mostly women in this category I think)? We've all got to come up with some coping strategies to make our food dollars stretch. I tend to make vast vats of stews, soups and chili. I cook big pieces of meat and then slice and freeze it for future meals. We buy our meat when it is marked down to 50% off and store it in the freezer. What are you doing to make your food dollars stretch? Let's all share our secrets and money saving recipes here. How can we eat healthy and save money?