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- August 30, 2007 at 10:00 pm #253304
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
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
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.
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “kygirl28us”
> 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?
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