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  1. #1
    kygirl28us
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    Default frugal menu ideas for a month

    i need frugal menu ideas that will last a month because i only shop

    once a month due to my income. how do i go about setting it up? Please

    Help!!!!








  2. #2
    herberkids3
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    Default frugal menu ideas for a month

    First, look through all the food you have. What I do when I'm broke is

    make a list of meals I can make using JUST what I have in the cupboard.



    Then, I make a list of meals I can make if I only need to buy 1 or 2

    small things (like noodles, or potatoes, etc).



    From there, I make a list of the meals I need more items for, or that

    might cost me more to make.





    Once you've really taken stock of what you have, print out a calendar

    sheet, and write down the meals on a day.



    Here's some frugal ideas you can make into meals:





    Breakfast for Dinner- pancakes & eggs. Mix for pancakes is roughly $1,

    and eggs are about $1.50, but can make up 2 meals for a small family.

    The pancake mix can also make up 2 meals- so for $2.50, you have 2

    meals.



    Spaghetti- Noodles are around $1.00 a box (actually cheaper, but I

    don't know the cost, cause it's less messy to use rotini, so that's all

    I buy), and the sauce is around $1 on sale. Both are non-perishable,

    and a box of noodles can make up 2 meals. Buy 4 jars of sauce and 2

    boxes of noodles for 1 spaghetti meal per week- cost being $6.00 total.



    Soup & Sandwich night- 2 cans of tomato soup, 1/2 loaf of bread, and a

    few slices of cheese. The soup costs anywhere from $.45 to $1.00,

    depending on brand, the bread can be as cheap as $.50 for a loaf, and

    the cheese is around $2 for 18-24 slices. Buy enough soup for 4 meals,

    spending $3.60-$6.00, then $.50 for the bread, $2 for the cheese, and

    you have enough for 2-4 meals.



    Taco Cups- 1/2 pound ground beef ($1.50), 2 cans of cheap 10 count

    biscuits ($.25/can), 1 taco seasoning packet ($.33), handful of

    shredded cheese ($2.00)- brown the ground beef, adding the seasoning,

    and a 1/2 cup of ground oatmeal if you have it. Press unbaked biscuits

    into a muffin pan, forming a cup, and spoon hot taco mean onto it.

    Press it in good with the back of a spoon, then bake for about 8-10

    minutes, or until the biscuits are done. Sprinkle with cheese while

    still hot (you probably will have to press the meat back into the

    biscuit), and serve with a dallop of sour cream on top if you want.



    Crock Pot Chili- this is more expensive, but if you make up a big

    batch, you can freeze it into multiple meals- 2 cans of chili beans

    ($.75), 2 cans stewed tomatoes ($.75), 1 pound ground beef, some diced

    onion, 1-2 cans of tomato sauce ($.50), browned with chili seasoning &

    oatmeal, then crockpot it for about 2 hours, add chili seasoning to

    taste. Eat what you want for the meal, put part in a container in the

    fridge for later in the week, and freeze the rest for later in the

    month.



    The only problem I foresee with shopping once a month, is that you

    aren't able to stock up on non-freezeable fresh items as much, so your

    meals have to be more creative, or more processed.









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    > i need frugal menu ideas that will last a month because i only shop

    > once a month due to my income. how do i go about setting it up?

    Please

    > Help!!!!

    >










  3. #3
    M R
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    Default frugal menu ideas for a month

    Try the cookbook "Cheap, Fast, Good". I got it at the

    library to see what it was all about, then ordered

    online (half.com)because it was so GREAT. It has TONS

    of recipes that are cheap, easy to make, fast, yummy

    and family friendly. And there are lots of tips how

    to stretch your grocery dollars further and further.

    You could easily use this to plan/shop for a month at

    a time. Good luck. Michelle in MA







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    tuckbkt@gmail.com
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    Default frugal menu ideas for a month

    On Thu, 30 Aug 2007 18:01:34 -0700 (PDT), you wrote:



    >Try the cookbook "Cheap, Fast, Good". I got it at the

    >library to see what it was all about, then ordered

    >online (half.com)because it was so GREAT. It has TONS

    >of recipes that are cheap, easy to make, fast, yummy

    >and family friendly. And there are lots of tips how

    >to stretch your grocery dollars further and further.



    They have a website and a a free E-mail newsletter with recipes.



    http://www.desperationdinners.com/



    Desparation Dinners is their other cookbook. The pantry list is a

    good start on a food store.



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