How to Feed a Family of 8 on a Budget

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
December 11, 2013



If you follow The Mommy-Files, you are more than likely aware that we have a pretty big family – 6 kids to be exact.  With a big family, the cost of meals can add up pretty dang quickly!  However, we do it and stay on a budget at the same time.  Are you wondering how we do it?  It’s simple.  

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For every meal, we serve a main course (the meat).  Then there are lots of fillers.  By filler, I mean breads, salads, vegetables, potatoes or rice.  One of our favorite sides is the Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes.  They even have a box that is “Family Size.”  I love that their products are yummy, easy to make and budget-friendly!

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Betty Crocker, a classic American Brand, has a line of delicious and mouthwatering Specialty Potatoes that can make any meal complete.  From Au Gratin to Classic Mashed Potatoes, Betty Crocker has something for every weeknight dinner.  With Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes, you can create “The Perfect Pairing” for an easy weeknight family dinner.


Betty Crocker has a variety of Specialty Potatoes to choose from, including:

– Betty Crocker Ultimates Loaded Mashed 

– Betty Crocker Ultimates Au Gratin

– Betty Crocker Mashed Homestyle Creamy Butter

– Betty Crocker Mashed Roasted Garlic

– Betty Crocker Scalloped Potatoes

– Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes

Need a quick and easy meal solution for the busy holiday season?  Try Betty Crocker Potatoes today. Get recipes at                                                         

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Betty Crocker via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Betty Crocker.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

6 Responses to “How to Feed a Family of 8 on a Budget”

  1. Helen says:

    Love Betty Crocker products!!!

  2. Tanya says:

    My family really loves the better crocker potatoes. They really do make the perfect side.

  3. Sandra VanHoey says:

    I love Betty Crocker potatoes and get them every time we have coupons and they are on sale and stock up on them. There are several of us here as well so staying on a budget is important

  4. Julie Wood says:

    I have always liked Betty Crocker Au gratin potatoes. We ate this when I was a kid, and I still make it for my family to this day. It is easy to make and delicious! My son loves it! I will be making this for our Holiday meal!

  5. Janet W. says:

    I can’t believe I’ve never tried these potatoes before! I think my family would love all of these varieties, especially the Betty Crocker Scalloped Potatoes!

  6. Veronica R says:

    Thanks for the idea! I love anything that makes dinner prep easier and cheaper. I would love to hear more tips from you on how you keep your budget down or quick meal ideas.

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