The Sixth Set Of Frugal Meals With Cost

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Everyone needs a few frugal meals that they can make over and over. I also think it is nice to know about how much they cost. The dollar amounts listed here approximate what these would cost to feed my family of four using today’s prices.  Here is the sixth set of 3 that I have made regularly throughout the years. Enjoy!

Part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 and part 5 can be found here.

Lentil tacos and rice.

Cost: Lentils, cooking fat, onion, tomato sauce, seasonings, tortillas and rice. $1.50.

Hot dogs on buns and fried potatoes and onions.

Cost: Hot dogs, buns and condiments. $1.50.

Cost: Potatoes, onions, cooking fat, seasonings. $1.25

Minestrone soup, biscuits and butter.

Cost: Beans (I prefer white), bouillon, fresh garlic, onion, carrot, celery, canned tomatoes. $2.00

Cost:  Flour, salt, baking powder, shortening, milk.$.75.

What kind of frugal meals are you cooking at your house?

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Menu Plan 16

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Last week I did not do a menu plan and we ate only one home cooked meal that week. Mac n cheese from a box does not really count as a home cooked meal.   Lesson learned!

Here is what we will be eating this week:

Black bean and turkey chili

Hot dogs, macaroni and cheese

Sesame tofu, steamed cabbage and rice

Beanie Weanies, cornbread

Lentil tacos, rice

Chicken and cabbage stir fry, sesame noodles

Baked chicken breasts (seasonings tbd later) mashed potatoes, green beans

What is for dinner at your house this week?

This is part of 31 Days Of Frugal Cooking.

You can see more great menus over at Organizing Junkie.

Milk In A Frugal Budget

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During our lean years two teachings about buying milk were popular. The first one was to use powdered milk. The second one was to buy milk on sale and freeze what you could not use within a few days.

Let’s talk about powdered milk first. Flavor is a good place to start. I don’t like how it tastes. Because of that the milk would have to be significantly cheaper for me to want to use it on a regular basis.

At my local grocery store a 64 ounce box of powdered milk sells for $.25 per ounce. One box turns into 20 quarts of fluid milk. Using those numbers one gallon of liquid milk made from dry costs around $3.00.

Currently fresh milk costs very close to the same amount. That is a strong argument for picking up a gallon of fresh milk next time you are at the grocery store.

Next up is the idea of freezing extra milk. I have actually done this. The flavor is only mildly compromised but it sure takes a lot of space in the freezer. I would only do this if my family went through a lot of milk and I had room in the freezer.

After thinking about powdered milk and freezing extra milk I decided to just get the amount of milk I needed at the store each week.

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Menu Plan 15

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So this is what we eat when I do not get around to menu planning.

Pizza delivery

Spaghetti from the freezer with homemade dinner rolls

Drive through hamburgers

Take out Panda Express

Macaroni and cheese from a box

Treated to dinner by our good friends from Idaho

Leftover food from yesterday’s dinner and warm cookies from the oven.

This was not a week to be proud of.

What about you? What happens in your house when you forget to do a menu plan.

I also post these in the Menu Plan Monday section of Org Junkie, where you can find more people who believe in the value of a weekly menu plan.

This is part of 31 Days Of Frugal Cooking.

The Fifth Set Of 3 Frugal Meals With Cost

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Everyone needs a few frugal meals that they can make over and over. I also think it is nice to know about how much they cost. The dollar amounts listed here approximate what these would cost to feed my family of four using today’s prices.  Here is the fifth set of 3 that I have made regularly throughout the years. Enjoy!

Part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 can be found here.

1. Roast pork tenderloin, baked potatoes, green beans.

Cost: Pork, seasonings. $2.00.

Cost: Potatoes, butter. $2.00.

Cost: Green beans.$.90.

2. Baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw.

Cost: Beans, onion, molasses, mustard, salt and pepper, $1.00.

Cost: Macaroni, milk, butter, flour, cheese, salt and pepper. $1.50.

Cost: Cabbage, carrot, mayo, vinegar, seasonings. $.50.

3. White bean and pork chili and cornbread with honey and butter.

Cost: Beans, onion, pork, broth or bouillon, green chilis.$1.50.

Cost:Cornmeal, APF, salt, baking powder, milk, oil, eggs, butter and honey.$1.00

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Feel free to share. What are some of your favorite meals?

 

 

Third Set Of Frugal Dinners With Cost

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Everyone needs a few frugal meals that they can make over and over. I also think it is nice to know about how much they cost. The dollar amounts listed here approximate what these would cost to feed my family of four using today’s prices.  Here is the third set of 3 that I have made regularly throughout the years. Enjoy!

1.Roast chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy and corn.

Cost: Chicken $2.00.

Cost: Potatoes and gravy $.50.

Cost: Corn $.90.

2 .Red beans and rice and biscuits with butter.

Cost: Red beans, celery, onion, seasonings and rice. $1.35.

Cost: Flour, salt, baking powder, shortening, milk and butter. $.75.

3. Chicken noodle soup, biscuits.

Cost: Broth (free), seasonings, carrots, celery, onions, noodles, chicken. $2.00.

Cost: Leftover biscuits.$.50.

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31 Days Of Frugal Cooking

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When I initially heard about the 31 days writing challenge I thought “what could I possibly write about for that long”? Then I remembered the What To Do With Bean series I had started and realized I could easily talk about frugal cooking for a month.

Even though my days of extreme frugality  seem to be behind me, I know they are not for everyone. If you are someone who needs to drastically slash your grocery budget I sincerely hope you find information here to help you in your journey.

Join me this October so we can spend the month together talking about frugal cooking.

Day 2: What To Do With White Beans.

Day 3 : The First Set Of 3 Frugal Meals With Cost.

Day 4: What Not To Buy With A Frugal Grocery Budget.

Day 5: Menu Plan 13.

Day 6: The Second Set Of 3 Frugal Meals With Cost.

Day 7:Eliminating The Sacred Cow.

Day 8: Fruits and Vegetables.

Day 9: What To Do With Pinto Beans.

Day 10: The Third Set Of 3 Fugal Meals With Cost.

Day 11: Homemade V Readymade.

Day 12: Menu Plan 14.

Day 13: The Fourth Set Of 3 Frugal Meals With Cost.

Day 14: Buying In Large Quantities.

Day 15: Butter And Maple Syrup.

Day 16: What To Do With Lentils.

Day 17: The Fifth Set Of 3 Frugal Meals With Cost.

Day 18: Menu Plan 15.

Day 19: Milk In A Frugal Budget.

Day 20: Menu Plan 16.

Day 21: The Sixth Set Of 3 Frugal Meals With Cost.

Day 22: Recipes.

Day 23: Menu Planning Is Not Enough.

Day 24: Frugal Breakfast.

Day 25: Frugal Lunch.

Day 26: Frugal Dinner.

Day 27: The Seventh set of 3 Frugal Meals With Cost.

Day 28: Frugal Snacks.

Day 29: Cindy’s Personal Bread Recipe.

Day 30: What To Do With Red Beans.

Day 31: 4 Week Frugal Dinner Menu.

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