Assuming you have certain staples in the pantry you can make your own Bisquick and get many meals out of that (pancakes, impossiible taco pie, etc) All you would really need for those type of recipes are ground beef ($1.80/lb) and shredded cheese ($1.50).
Go to Wonder Bread Outlet for bread (2 loaves for $1.70) and buns for ($.90).
Get more ground beef for cheeseburgers and sloppy joes.
Then hit places like Aldis for milk ($3.29) and supplement powdered milk for baking/cooking or when the other runs out. Spaghetti can be made for around $2.00, more if you make your own meatballs and throw those in. Dry cereal is about $1.69 a piece I think.
Scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast, alternating with dry cereal every other day are cheap ways to go.
Tuna casserole: 1 box of generic mac and cheese ($.49) make it according to directions, add 1 can of cream of mushroomsoup ($.49) and 1 can of tuna ($.50). Season with salt.
You can find 1 lb of chicken for under $4.00 (cook it with homemade bbq sauce, or cream of mushroom soup, or make homemade chicken nuggets)
Make sure you eat all the leftovers and I think it would come close to $20.
hey this is a great post! i just had one question though i have been reading a lot of post that mention the store aldis. is this the name of the store or an abreviation? maybe i just dont have one of those here? it sounds like it has a lot of deals.
Aldi's does have some great deals. I don't go very often, though, because the nearest one to me is 75 miles away. I went on their website but it doesn't look like they have any stores near you.
Does anyone know of a similar store in FL that Chantelle could try?
This is a great thread- thanks to everyone for the great ideas! We need to cut back our grocery spending big time this year! I need to start a grocery budget which is something that we have not done in the past, but definately need to. Keep the great ideas coming!!!
"5 dinners until payday" dinner menu! Okay, it's $22 plus tax, but I had to throw in some fresh veggies!! I get a lot of canned goods from Big Lots
and the Dollar Store, if your'e wondering where I get stuff so cheap.
(This assumes a somewhat well-stocked kitchen with various salts, peppers, and spices, salad dressing, etc)
Ground beef for 4 straight nights isn't going to win any nutrition awards. It's not pretty, but it's cheap. No meat for one meal and you'll have to skimp on the milk for dinner!
Prep work: Divide the carrots into 3 equal portions. Chop into medallions.
Separately, divide the ground beef into 4 equal portions (plastic wrap it). To save time during the week,
you could brown it all together first, then divide it, but you'll lose some of the flavor in the form of fat.
night 1: pinto beans and cornbread (with a side salad)
Recipe: The night before, sort and rinse the beans and place in cold water overnight to soak. drain the beans and place in crockpot with water 2 inches from the top.
If you have any bacon or ham laying around, add it to the pot. Also add some garlic powder or onion powder
if you have it. Cook with crockpot (you'll need a large one) on low 9-10 hours. Salt to taste.
Make the corn muffins according to directions. Use half of the head of lettuce and 1 of the portions of carrots for
the side salad. Divide the beans into 3 portions. Serve one half for dinner, and save the other half (with liquid) for later in the week.
night 2: shepherd's pie
Brown one of the 4 packs of ground beef. Drain fat, but don't rinse. Add can of cream of mushroom soup to the ground beef mixture and bring to a boi.
Meanwhile, cook entire package of peas according to directions.Prepare 6-8 servings of instant mashed potatoes according to directions.
While still hot, in a casserole dish layer meat mixture, 1/2 of the peas, and the mashed potatoes.
Save the other half of the peas for later in the week. Cook covered at 325 for 30 minutes.
night 3: chili and cornbread
Brown one of the 4 packs of ground beef. Drain fat, but don't rinse. Add chili powder, cayenne pepper,
onion powder, garlic salt, etc to taste. Add an onion if you have one laying around.
Add the beans that you saved from night one. Add 1 of the cans of tomato sauce and 1 of the cans of diced tomatoes (juice and all).
Simmer until done!
Make the corn muffins according to directions.
night 4: penne pasta with meat sauce (with a side salad)
Brown one of the 4 packs of ground beef. Drain fat, but don't rinse. Add 1 of the cans of tomato sauce and 1 of the cans of diced tomatoes
(juice and all).Add garlic salt (or garlic powder and salt separately), oregano,
basil, tarragon, parsley, etc (any italian-type spices that you have laying around.). Cook pasta according to directions.
Use half of the head of lettuce and 1 of the portions of carrots for
the side salad.
night 5: dirty rice
Brown one of the 4 packs of ground beef. When the beef is almost done, Add a couple of eggs while you're at it
(scramble them around while the ground beef is cooking so they are in small bits) Drain 2/3 of the fat. Don't rinse.
Add the remaining 1/3 of the carrots and the peas that you saved from earlier in the week.
Fry those around with the remaining beef fat for a couple of minutes Add 1.5 cups of rice and 3 cups water.
Add spices, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until the rice is tender.
3 loaves bread (0.59 each) 1.77
1 jar jelly .99
1 jar PB 1.25
5 package ramen noodles .50
3 boxes mac and cheese 1.00
1 jar spag sauce hunts .89
1lb noodles .50
1 gallon milk 3.25
1lb butter .69
1lb egg noodles .79
tub of quick oats .79
1lb white rice .69
3 cans veggies (.41 each) 1.23
3 boxs muffin mix 1.00
1 doz eggs 1.25
2lb ground turkey 1.98
frozen oj .99
With tax it would be over a little but you have enough food here for a few different meals