How to Feed Teenagers Without Going Broke

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If you have teenagers in the house (especially teenage boys), it’s very likely that your grocery bill may have gone up. As they’re growing, their appetites can really morph, and soon, they’re eating you out of house and home. What’s a parent to do?

Abundance on a Dime is currently feeding two teenage boys in her house and manages to keep her grocery bill manageable. Here are some tricks that help her along the way:

Go Easy on the Meat Portions

Just because you have growing teens doesn’t mean that they need to eat an obscene amount of meat. Take it from Abundance on a Dime:

Four ounce portions are about the maximum I typically serve at a meal. Yes, they will still get enough protein! Dietary surveys have shown that even teenage boys easily meet their protein needs (in fact, they typically get about double the protein they require) so don’t feel like you need to provide massive meat portions to make sure they’re adequately nourished.

Stock up on Inexpensive, High-Protein Snacks

Providing lower-cost high-protein snacks will help your teens feel fuller for longer. So think about foods like scrambled eggs, toast with nut butters, roasted chickpeas and sunflower seeds as great snack options. If you have time, Abundance on a Dime suggests making these Chocolate Power Balls. Your teens won’t even realize they’re eating a nutrient-rich snack.

Get into the Bread Making Habit

We typically go through a loaf of bread a day in my house these days, and that can really put a dent in your grocery bill fast! Even if you’re buying sale-priced bread, you can save over $40 a month by making your own. It’s very simple and convenient to do so using my Whole Wheat Refrigerator Bread Dough (seriously, I don’t know what I’d do without this recipe.) No bread maker required!

This dough can even be used for pizza crusts and homemade pizza pockets!

Granola is Your Friend

Many teenagers love cereal. They’ll go through a box like it’s nobody’s business. And boxed cereals can really tear through your budget. Instead, opt for homemade granola, which is much more nutritious, filling and budget-friendly. Try out this quick and easy recipe.

Find more tips and read more about Abundance on a Dime’s experience with feeding teenagers over at 7 Tips for Feeding Teenagers Without Breaking the Bank.