(Closed) Budget Friendly Meals!! $50/week for groceries for two people?

posted 11 years ago in Home
Post # 32
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We use Walmart for a lot of our staples like bread, milk, cheese, lunch meat, cereal, rice, etc…  Then we shop the meat and fruit/veggie sales at the local grocery stores.  My go-to meal items are frozen chicken tenderloins (or breast if it’s on sale) and tilapia fillets with instant brown rice and frozen broccoli for sides.  I change up the seasonings but we have our favorites (Frank’s hot sauce, worcheshire and tobasco, etc…)

I use allrecipes.com to come up with great, easy receipes with what’s in our cabinet and fridge (you can search by ingredients.)  I also make up a lot of meals based on what we have in the cabinets.  My favorite so far has been cheesy salsa chicken (chicken covered with salsa and baked at 350 degrees then melt cheddar cheese on top.)  I also make crock pots of pork for pulled pork sandwiches during the week.  When it cools back off I’ll go back to making “kitchen sink” stews with whatever I have lying around.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Ohhh Salsa Chicken sounds amazing. I am going to try that.

I love getting new recipes.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Save!

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I finally got round to making the burger casserole. It was really yummy. I haven’t gone food shopping in a week. It’s really cool knowing I can make meals from what we have already.

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@YSQueen:  Supercook.com you do searches based on what you have on hand.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hoping to revive this. I need some more budget friendly meals 🙂

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’ve also been looking at cost-effective meals.  So far I’ve been most successful at making stuff in my slow cooker and then freezing it in portion sizes that I can take for lunch.  When I work out the cost per meal I find it’s really low (in the $1-$2 range).   Most recently I’ve made chili and beef barley soup in the slow cooker.

I also find pasta is a cheap alternative but it always makes me feel bloated so I like to avoid if possible.

Let me know if you hear of any other good ideas!

 

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