- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church
Tuna is cheap and you can find good variations to make it taste really good:) This is a good lunch option.
Grilled chesse and tomato soup is one of our favorites and it’s super cheap.
Another good one is chicken and rice. Heat 2 cans of cream of chicken soup with 1 small shredded chicken breast. You can adjust the amount of chicken however you want. When I really need to make the chicken stretch I just use a little, but if you have extra, you can use a lot:) Serve it over rice or mashed potatoes.
Chili (and really most any soup) is super cheap and you can make a pot that will last a couple of nights, or for DH to take for lunch. Again, if you have meat to put it in, great, if not, it’s ok. Find a bakery and see if you can get the day-old bread at a discount. It goes well with soup, and you can usually get it really cheap. It’s not anywhere near moldy yet, but the bakery can’t sell it.
I like to make something I call “Shepherd’s Pie.” basically you put canned vegetables (whatever you like) in the bottom of a casserole dish. Pour brown gravy on top (not till it’s soupy, just moist) and then cover the top with mashed potatoes. Bake it until it’s heated all the way through and the potatoes are lightly browned. To make this meal faster, you can heat the veggies on the stove-top. It will only take about 15 min. for the potatoes to brown in the oven.
Another good thing to do is to consider what ingredients you’ll have left over from each meal, and plan a meal that will use them.
For instance, on Monday, DH and I had taco salad. I had tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, cheese, tortilla chips, and black olives left over. Later that week, we had something I call Tijuana Dip. Put a couple cans of refried beans in the bottom of a dish. Sprinkle whatever toppings you have on it. I like ground beef, black olives, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese. Heat it in the oven, and then serve it as a dip with the tortillla chips. The last day that week. We had King Ranch. Combine a can of cream of chicken soup, a cup (ish) of sour cream, and about a cup and a half of salsa. Add some shredded chicken, and layer it with crushed up tortilla chips. Top with shredded cheese, black olives, and sour cream, and bake until it’s heated all the way through.
Remember that frozen veggies are much cheaper than fresh. I know they’re not as healthy, but you have to decide how much you’re willing to sacrifice to stay on your budget.
Basically, my biggest advice would be to supplement all of your meals with something other than meat. Almost everything I have has either potatoes or rice in it. You have to be a little creative so it doesn’t get boring, but this can save soooooo much money! DH and I never eat more than one chicken breast in a meal, unless it’s a special occasion where I already decided to “splurge” on the meat!
Sorry for the long post. DH and I never spend more than $100 a month on groceries (including eating out) so I have a lot of tips that have helped me:)