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Topic: BUDGET MEALS awesomeness!!!!!  (Read 6361 times)
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« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2009 08:49:30 PM »

Yes & no. 

Frozen pre-chopped fruits & veggies are actually often cheaper here than whole fresh veggies, but the fresh pre-chopped are more expensive.  I bought a one pound bag of frozen chopped mango last weekend for $1.25 (sale), and my grocery stores usually have fresh mangos for $1.99 each...and they aren't one pound mangos.  Celery I find is cheaper to buy & chop myself.

They sell generic "Bisquick" that is actually very cheap & I generally buy mine on sale anyway.  But there are recipes out there for how to "make your own" Bisquick.  I like to do that since I prefer food from scratch anyway. 


For saving money, buying pre-shredded,diced,chopped ext. items are a no no. They do charge more for that.

Also box mixes such as biscuit mix or cake mix are a poor idea. They are charging you a ton for just for simple ingredients. It might feel like you're spending more in the first place, but a bag of flour is going to last you a lot longer than that box mix, and be a lot more versatile.

I didn't say frozen vs. fresh, I said pre-shredded. Buying a bag of pre-shredded carrot is more than just buying a carrot.
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« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2009 05:40:01 AM »

Yes & no. 

Frozen pre-chopped fruits & veggies are actually often cheaper here than whole fresh veggies, but the fresh pre-chopped are more expensive.  I bought a one pound bag of frozen chopped mango last weekend for $1.25 (sale), and my grocery stores usually have fresh mangos for $1.99 each...and they aren't one pound mangos.  Celery I find is cheaper to buy & chop myself.

They sell generic "Bisquick" that is actually very cheap & I generally buy mine on sale anyway.  But there are recipes out there for how to "make your own" Bisquick.  I like to do that since I prefer food from scratch anyway. 


For saving money, buying pre-shredded,diced,chopped ext. items are a no no. They do charge more for that.

Also box mixes such as biscuit mix or cake mix are a poor idea. They are charging you a ton for just for simple ingredients. It might feel like you're spending more in the first place, but a bag of flour is going to last you a lot longer than that box mix, and be a lot more versatile.

I didn't say frozen vs. fresh, I said pre-shredded. Buying a bag of pre-shredded carrot is more than just buying a carrot.

A head of cabbage is pretty heavy, so I end up spending more to buy a head of cabbage priced by the pound than I do for a bag of shredded cabbage and carrots.  Yes, I get more cabbage for my money to buy it by the head, but more often than not it doesn't get used up and I end up throwing 1/4 to 1/2 of the head away. Which is actually more economical? I'd rather spend a little more per quantity to get what I'll actually use, that costs me less bottom dollar than to spend a little more, get a lot more, and let it go to waste.

That's just one example...  On the other hand, I *never* buy bisquick or other pre-made mixes since I prefer to make my own, but I'm a stay-at-home-mom, so I have the extra time to do things from scratch.  And it really does take a little more time to measure out 4 or 5 ingredients instead of just 1.

I'm guessing that for most people, bottom dollar isn't the only factor...time and convenience factor in too even when planning budget meals -- hey, it's still cheaper (and healthier!) than buying fast food!
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« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2009 11:27:28 AM »

Time & convenience are a factor for me as well - I work.  I weigh that with my decisions about how much I'm willing to pay for convenience.  But since this is a thread about budget meals, I figure people can make their own decisions about that.  For time saving prep, I will pre-measure things like dry ingredients the night before.

I often save extra veggies I don't use in freezer bags to make stock every so often, so that I don't have to buy veggies separate for that.  We don't eat a lot of cabbage, but since it is just DH & I, we don't finish a bag or a whole head.  A bag of cabbage slaw costs more than a head where I shop, so I would still buy the head.  It is quite easy to stick chunks of cabbage & carrots in the food processor, though, to get what you want.
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« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2009 03:06:13 PM »

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« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2009 06:35:38 AM »

try the sweet & sour chicken!!!!  totally worth it!!!!  my kiddo loved it!
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