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OK.. This is coming from the girl who was spending $1000 a month to feed eight a few months ago. Tell me if I'm getting this at all right: Made taco meat for company on Sunday. ($1 ground beef I got awhile back because it was on it's pull date and I took it home and froze it.) Cooked up 2

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  1. #1
    Lucy Anderson
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    OK.. This is coming from the girl who was spending $1000 a month to feed eight a few months ago. Tell me if I'm getting this at all right:

    Made taco meat for company on Sunday. ($1 ground beef I got awhile back because it was on it's pull date and I took it home and froze it.) Cooked up 2 pounds with taco seasoning.


    Had some leftover, so I grated up potatoes, put the meat on top, can of corn and some cheese for a version of tater tot casserole. (It's better with the salsa con queso cheese, and real tater tots, but didn't have those.) We had four for dinner last night (some of the kids are away) and had about two servings of leftovers (maybe). I also made beet greens from beets I got at church Sunday (free).


    I took these leftovers today and mixed them with broccoli (99 cents a pound) and yellow squash (free from church on Sunday). Poured milk, eggs, Bisquick over top (99 cent box of Bisquick), and baked (topped with cheese). And I cooked up the beets from Sunday.


    So, three days out of 2 pounds of ground beef essentially. (Granted,there are only four of us home right now).

    Total cost for three dinners - maybe $5???? Family isn't complaining yet.... (The husband generally will not eat leftovers, so these have been "cleverly disguised" I hope).


    Am I doing this right?





  2. #2
    nyislandgirl
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    You're doing fine. I do the same thing with leftovers, but my family doesn't realize that its leftover meat. Also, I hide veggies in the dinner.I buybags of frozen mixed vegetables. Itake one cup of thawed veggies and heat it in a pot or pan with whatever salad dressng or seasonings that I have. Then, very carefully, I pour it in the food processor and puree the veggies. Lastly, I add it to the meat,potatoes, rice, pasta, etc. It looks colorful and when my family asks, "Whats that?", I tell them that its just seasoning. They eat it without realizing that its veggies and its good for them. My husbands knows but not the kids. One day I'll tell them.

    Linda

    --- On Tue, 8/19/08, Lucy Anderson wrote:

    From: Lucy Anderson
    Subject: Budget101.com : Grocery budget stretcher
    To: "budget101_" <Budget101_@yahoogroups.com>
    Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 9:01 PM


    <DIV id="yiv1569593495">


    OK.. This is coming from the girl who was spending $1000 a month to feed eight a few months ago. Tell me if I'm getting this at all right:

    Made taco meat for company on Sunday. ($1 ground beef I got awhile back because it was on it's pull date and I took it home and froze it.) Cooked up 2 pounds with taco seasoning.

    Had some leftover, so I grated up potatoes, put the meat on top, can of corn and some cheese for a version of tater tot casserole. (It's better with the salsa con queso cheese, and real tater tots, but didn't have those.) We had four for dinner last night (some of the kids are away) and had about two servings of leftovers (maybe). I also made beet greens from beets I got at church Sunday (free).

    I took these leftovers today and mixed them with broccoli (99 cents a pound) and yellow squash (free from church on Sunday). Poured milk, eggs, Bisquick
    over top (99 cent box of Bisquick), and baked (topped with cheese). And I cooked up the beets from Sunday.

    So, three days out of 2 pounds of ground beef essentially. (Granted,there are only four of us home right now).

    Total cost for three dinners - maybe $5???? Family isn't complaining yet.... (The husband generally will not eat leftovers, so these have been "cleverly disguised" I hope).

    Am I doing this right?





  3. #3
    Michelle Belt
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    Wooohoooo!! Aersome you are doing something right..LOL

    Michelle

    On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 9:01 PM, Lucy Anderson <lucy.fortin@gmail.com> wrote:






    OK.. This is coming from the girl who was spending $1000 a month to feed eight a few months ago. Tell me if I&#39;m getting this at all right:

    Made taco meat for company on Sunday. ($1 ground beef I got awhile back because it was on it&#39;s pull date and I took it home and froze it.) Cooked up 2 pounds with taco seasoning.


    Had some leftover, so I grated up potatoes, put the meat on top, can of corn and some cheese for a version of tater tot casserole. (It&#39;s better with the salsa con queso cheese, and real tater tots, but didn&#39;t have those.) We had four for dinner last night (some of the kids are away) and had about two servings of leftovers (maybe). I also made beet greens from beets I got at church Sunday (free).


    I took these leftovers today and mixed them with broccoli (99 cents a pound) and yellow squash (free from church on Sunday). Poured milk, eggs, Bisquick over top (99 cent box of Bisquick), and baked (topped with cheese). And I cooked up the beets from Sunday.


    So, three days out of 2 pounds of ground beef essentially. (Granted,there are only four of us home right now).

    Total cost for three dinners - maybe $5???? Family isn&#39;t complaining yet.... (The husband generally will not eat leftovers, so these have been "cleverly disguised" I hope).


    Am I doing this right?




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    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don&#39;t matter and those who matter don&#39;t mind !
    Michelle and Stephen in PA





  4. #4
    Donna Basil
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    That sounds really awesome! I am starting to get into the "using the leftovers in many ways" thing slowly.

    Donna

    --- On Tue, 8/19/08, Lucy Anderson wrote:

    From: Lucy Anderson
    Subject: Budget101.com : Grocery budget stretcher
    To: "budget101_" <Budget101_@yahoogroups.com>
    Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 9:01 PM


    <DIV id="yiv1795539630">


    OK.. This is coming from the girl who was spending $1000 a month to feed eight a few months ago. Tell me if I'm getting this at all right:

    Made taco meat for company on Sunday. ($1 ground beef I got awhile back because it was on it's pull date and I took it home and froze it.) Cooked up 2 pounds with taco seasoning.

    Had some leftover, so I grated up potatoes, put the meat on top, can of corn and some cheese for a version of tater tot casserole. (It's better with the salsa con queso cheese, and real tater tots, but didn't have those.) We had four for dinner last night (some of the kids are away) and had about two servings of leftovers (maybe). I also made beet greens from beets I got at church Sunday (free).

    I took these leftovers today and mixed them with broccoli (99 cents a pound) and yellow squash (free from church on Sunday). Poured milk, eggs, Bisquick
    over top (99 cent box of Bisquick), and baked (topped with cheese). And I cooked up the beets from Sunday.

    So, three days out of 2 pounds of ground beef essentially. (Granted,there are only four of us home right now).

    Total cost for three dinners - maybe $5???? Family isn't complaining yet.... (The husband generally will not eat leftovers, so these have been "cleverly disguised" I hope).

    Am I doing this right?





  5. #5
    Carol Anne Geigley
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    Wow Lucy,
    I think that was very clever, I am going to see how I can stretch my grocery budget now.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Carol Anne






  6. #6
    Gypsum Moon
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    Lucy, that's fabulous! And admit it - isn't it

    kinda fun to see how far you can make it

    go? I actually enjoy the challenge (most

    of the time!). And congrats too on the

    cleverly disguised leftovers - it makes such

    a big difference when your family is part

    of the effort, knowingly or not.



    Cindy in KS








 

 

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