Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Feeding 5 for $5.51

I enjoy making every dollar the Lord blesses us with stretch to its fullest capacity. One way I do this is to try and control our grocery spending. Each time I grocery shop I spend some time picking out items with their prices reduced for quick sale.

We had a very thrifty dinner tonight that incorporated many of my latest frugal finds. Tonight’s menu was spaghetti with meat sauce, steamed vegetables, organic mixed greens and Italian sweet bread. This made plenty for our growing family of 6 (with one of them only eating a few mushy carrots) and enough pasta for everyone’s lunch tomorrow plus veggies and salad to add to Michael’s lunch.

The vegetables were bought fresh from the produce section. The hamburger meat was from a 5 pound package that has provided several meals. The bread is a much-loved family favorite that has slumbered in the freezer waiting for such a time as this. This bread tastes fresh after reheating. I simply unwrap it, pop it in the microwave with a cloth napkin on top to trap the steam and keep it moist. It goes in on defrost for 3 minutes and then on high for 1 more minute.

ground beef – 1/2 pound - $0.48 CLEARANCE
whole grain pasta - $1.00 on SALE
spaghetti sauce - $0.89 with COUPON
bread – $1.39 CLEARANCE
broccoli, carrots and snap peas - $1.00 CLEARANCE
organic salad ½ pkg - $.75 CLEARANCE
Total Cost for Dinner - $5.51

(Dinner price does not include grape juice or dressings pictured.)

This meal was relatively healthy and it fed all of us for less than the price of one McDonald's "value" meal.

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