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      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, “kygirl28us” wrote:


      > 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?


      > Help!!!!

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