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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2010 09:27:16 AM »

Tonight I am making a turkey I bought the weekend after Thanksgiving.  It is a bit over 10 lbs and was .79 per lb and came to 8.22 for the entire bird.  This is out of the single day budget, but we will get 4 or more full meals from the bird.  I know I do not have enough potatoes nor instant potatoes to make enough mashers ...so I will be doing some creative mixing to make it go far enough and use up the potatoes that are starting to get old.  I have carrots and celery my mom and dad got in their month food share package (something you should do if your area has it) ... so they were free to me. 

I am still working on breakfast for my husband, son and myself ... so thinking of dinner is sort of at the side .... off to make three - 3 egg mushroom and cheese omelets with a total of $1.12 (yes that is for all 3 and not each!).

Side note ... did anyone see that show on A&E called "Extreme Couponing" last night?  Amazing what some people can do with those things!

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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2010 09:51:57 AM »

I'm in! We're a family of 5, so our meals get ludicrously expensive sometimes. This is just the sort of challenge I need to knock our grocery bill down a little.

We also do breakfast for dinner quite a bit. Pancakes and scrambled eggs clock in at way under $5 ($.99 for a dozen eggs, maybe $1.50 for my homemade pancakes, including the butter and milk). And biscuits and gravy also ($1.20 for biscuits, $2 for 2 cans of gravy).


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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2010 02:47:52 PM »

    As a New Years Resolution I'm trying to stick to a cheap and healthy way of cooking. There are two of us and we spend about $70 a week Huh  Shocked ! I also use coupons when I can and try to buy what's on sale. We do get bottled water (tap taste like chlorine/ $6.25 a week) and  sometimes we get a bag of peanuts a couple times a month; to feed our chipmunks and squirrel outside (around $8 a month). We don't eat much meat and do eat veggie burgers and Quorn.

     Tonight I made Cheesy Chili Mac:      Annie's Mac and Cheese  $1.10
      (rounding off for things we had)       1/4c Skim Milk              $  .15
                                                        Med. Onion                  $  .30
                                                        Red Pepper Flakes 1Tb.  Free (bought at $1 store .05?)
                                                        1/2lb Ground Beef          $1.40 (80% lean)
                                                        1Tb. Olive Oil                $  .10
                                                        1/8c Mustard                $  .10
                                                        1/4c Ketchup                $  .15
                                                        Sour Cream(Light)          $  .25
                                                                               Total:  $ 3.60 for 2 people  Cheesy

We do cheesy chili mac too quite a bit. Only I just use mac and cheese, ground beef, salsa and if I have it on hand a can of corn. Typically serve it with cornbread. Yum and easy.

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« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2010 03:58:11 PM »

Bag 'o pinto beans    .75
Ham hock               1.00
Cornbread mix         1.00
Milk                       Free (Got a free gallon of milk)
Butter                    .10
Cast Iron skillet for Cornbread              PRICELESS!

Cheap dinner and delicious!

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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2010 05:25:30 PM »

tonight: leftovers.  free!

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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2010 05:55:17 PM »

Ah! I had to do this for a project when I was taking independent living at my high school!!!

I don't live on my own right now and I rarely cook, but our grocery bill is pretty high, and that's with only 3 people living here.
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2010 07:11:02 PM »

Tonight Chili Cheese Mac from last night.... "Free Meal"                    $ .00
                                                           Half a 24oz. Diet Pepsi    $ .25 ($3 for 6pk)
                                                           Evil Snack Machine Fritos $ .85 (working late)

The BF had a Annie's Barrito and greek yogurt                    Barrito   $2.90
                                                                                 Yogurt   $1.00
                                                                             Final Total  $4.00           

« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2010 07:20:26 PM »

      We ended up getting a two Free turkeys and a Free lasagna with our point rewards at the grocery store! There is still turkey meat that we couldn't really eat and I plan to make soup next week or two with it.
      Another good money saver is save the tids and bits of veggies that you would throw away making a salad,getting a little wilted, etc. and save them in a ziplock baggie in the freezer! You can make vegetable stock, stir frys, meatloaf, possibilities are endless.
      Same goes for meat like beef...save a table spoon or two every time you cook a meal. Cook it plain and put it in a baggie or container in the freezer. Every week or month (depends how much meat you eat) you get a "free" meal. Everyone won't notice a couple of tablespoons missing!

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« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2010 07:55:00 PM »

I'm in! Here's one of my "need to go shopping soon" meals from last week:

Ramen noodles: $.65
Mixed an egg in the ramen broth: free (house sat for my friends with chickens)
Topped with half a tomato: $.30
Rice: $.15
-Snow peas: free (food shelf)
-Onions and green onions: $.40
-Soysauce, sesame oil, olive oil: $.20
Glass of lime seltzer: $.30
TOTAL: $2.00

« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2010 12:31:21 PM »

thelastkodama - looks delicious!


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