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    Default Only $10 to buy food

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    here as well since Liss gave the inspiration to try to see if I could
    make meals on just $10.

    I wanted to see if I could make up a list such as the one on Budget101
    to see if I could feed dh and myself for a week. I took a local paper
    from a place called Food Basics. This paper lists what their usual
    prices are for food items (so you can compare with other stores). I
    also chose this store since it is within walking distance to my home
    (as are 2 others). I figured if I only had $10 I didn't want to have
    to buy gas as well. The list also assumes I have NOTHING in the house
    not even spices, so here goes...

    Whole chicken .68 pound, I would spend up to $1.70
    1 dozen medium eggs .48
    5# potatoes .97 (I have seen better prices such as 10# for 1.49 but
    not within walking distance)
    5# flour
    64oz jar store brand applesauce 1.08
    salt .29
    1# stick margarine .49
    cabbage .36 per pound, I would spend up to 1.06 (3 lbs)
    canned vegetables 3/$1.00
    dried onions .34
    1/2 gallon milk (on sale at a store on the way home) 1.00

    Total spent $9.98 (add the .o2 to next weeks budget)

    First thing I would do is to get some sourdough starter going. All it
    takes is flour and water and a warm place...or to make it quicker some
    water left over from boiling potatoes. With the starter I would make:
    biscuits, muffins, bread, pancakes. From the bread I would make stuffing.

    With the flour and some of the other ingredients I would also make
    tortillas, noodles, popovers (from Budget 101 site).

    The chicken would be boiled in water until the large pieces of meat
    such as the breast could be removed...the carcass returned and boiled
    until every last piece of meat fell off the bones. Of course, the
    neck and gizzard would be in there as well. I boil the chicken to
    help better flavor the broth. The broth would be strained and every
    last piece of meat would be carefully picked out of the bones. I
    would then flavor the broth with salt and dried onions. I would make
    the following using the chicken some with and some without the broth:
    chicken noodle soup (add 1/2 to 1 can of vegetables with the juice),
    chicken in gravy over noodles with sauteed cabbage on the side, fried
    potatoes with some onions and chicken mixed in, chicken pot pie,
    chicken in gravy (other 1/2 can or 1 can of veges) over biscuits or in
    popovers, sauteed cabbage with rice and chicken, egg drop soup.


    The potatoes would make: scalloped, potato soup, pan fried, baked,
    mashed etc as side dishes. Also I would make potato pancakes with
    applesauce for breakfast or lunches.

    The cabbage would be served as a side with most meals for a vegetable
    serving. If I had just $2 more I would buy mayo (store brand 1.08)
    and vinegar (.69) and make a large batch of coleslaw.

    Rice would be used in some recipies but also served with milk as a
    breakfast cereal. I would probably add a small amount of rice to
    almost every dish as an extra filler.

    The applesauce would be used on toast, pancakes, potato pancakes and
    in the muffins for added flavor and a bit of nutrition.

    With the homemade stuffing I would make a sort of bread pudding.

    It may not be the healiest meals or varied but I think we could eat
    well enough to not feel hungry. PFC Kim
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    Dear Kim:

    What I found interesting about this post was your ability
    to "stretch" everything. I could have picked up the same paper but
    not really even known what to pick! How did you come up with picking
    the items yo did, and more importantly, the ideas to make the
    different meals you chose? I know I could sure use a lesson in how
    to make the things I have go farther! Any tips would be appreciated!

    TIA,

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    I find recipies online and through some of my email groups that sound
    interesting and then adapt them to what we really eat. For years now
    we hardly ever eat a hunk of meat with potaotes etc but casserole type
    meals or soups. This not only makes the food stretch much farther but
    in my case lowers calories which has helped me lose 60 pounds since
    July.

    When I find an item I am thinking about buying such as the chicken...I
    jot down any ideas for meals that pop into my head. I then decide on
    the other items that I may need for those recipies and what I can
    leave out if not available at a price I am willing to spend. For
    example with the chicken soup, I would have liked to have celery in it
    but since it was not within the budget I simply left it out. One hint
    that I did not do for this exercise...whenever I buy celery I dry the
    leaves for soup, they add a great flavor and if the celery costs too
    much at the time I can leave it out.

    It is kinda fun to think of different things to do with what I can get
    for loss leaders or just about anything I feel like cooking. Here is
    one for you to try...Chuck roasts on sale for $1.29 per pound...what
    can you think of to make with it? Give it a try, you may find more
    ideas than you first though. Also think outside the box...for example
    you can use cut up small pieces of the roast to make chili instead of
    ground beef. Have fun with it. Kim in MI
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    Great ideas ! I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy the stuff I see posted
    here! Thank you for sharing.
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    In this economy feeding 2 people for $10 is just mind blowing. Thanks for the post.

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    Wink Re: Only $10 to buy food

    You have some really great prices here. I haven't seen prices like these in some time. For example eggs for me cost $1.38 a dozen and that's on sale. And milk here is $2.50 a half gallon on sale, just to list a few items. I'm certainly living in the wrong area here in Ohio. And I'm one that watches the sale ads closely. But I like the ideas and the creative menu that you came up with, and posted here. It does get the mind working ...and to
    Also think outside the box...
    Thanks......
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    Wow al I can say is you are awesome and that my apron goes off to you !!!! Great Job !!!
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    There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BiggerPiggyBank View Post
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    I find recipies online and through some of my email groups that sound
    interesting and then adapt them to what we really eat. For years now
    we hardly ever eat a hunk of meat with potaotes etc but casserole type
    meals or soups. This not only makes the food stretch much farther but
    in my case lowers calories which has helped me lose 60 pounds since
    July.

    When I find an item I am thinking about buying such as the chicken...I
    jot down any ideas for meals that pop into my head. I then decide on
    the other items that I may need for those recipies and what I can
    leave out if not available at a price I am willing to spend. For
    example with the chicken soup, I would have liked to have celery in it
    but since it was not within the budget I simply left it out. One hint
    that I did not do for this exercise...whenever I buy celery I dry the
    leaves for soup, they add a great flavor and if the celery costs too
    much at the time I can leave it out.

    It is kinda fun to think of different things to do with what I can get
    for loss leaders or just about anything I feel like cooking. Here is
    one for you to try...Chuck roasts on sale for $1.29 per pound...what
    can you think of to make with it? Give it a try, you may find more
    ideas than you first though. Also think outside the box...for example
    you can use cut up small pieces of the roast to make chili instead of
    ground beef. Have fun with it. Kim in MI

    Hey Kim, I have an idea for that chuck roast. my boyfriend loves it when I fix this. Cut it into cubes and brown add brown gravy serve over mashed potatoes. Kind of like beef tips and gravy. Quick and easy and not really all that expensive.
    Mdowdy

 

 
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