However, I am very happy with the fact that I have come far with planning frugal meals and making my grocery money streeeettttcccchhhh. I thought it might be tough to stretch that money, but....I sat down with my pen and paper, and in less that five minutes I had a list of 9 meals down. AND....all I would have to spend in order to make these nine meals was 6 dollars!! Wow! Why??? Because of my well stocked pantry and freezer.
Here is the list of meals that I quickly came up with:
- Whole chicken (need to buy: $3.50) with either potatoes or rice, veggie (all on hand)
- Chicken rice soup with leftover chicken (rice in pantry, veggies and stock in freezer)
- Ham and Bean soup with leftover ham from fridge (pantry FULL of beans)
- Pork chops (in freezer) and potatoes (in pantry)
- Steak (in freezer), baked potatoes
- Beef stew (stew meat in freezer, potatoes, carrots, beef broth, etc. in pantry and fridge)
- Beans and rice (pantry)
- Pasta with marinara sauce (both stored in pantry)
- Shepherd's pie (buy ground beef:$2.50)
Now, I will likely add bread and/or salad to some of these meals, as I'm not completely done planning them yet. I can bake the bread or biscuits or whatever, and I have a lot of lettuce in my fridge.
So, with my measley little $45, I'll be picking up the ground beef and chicken that I need, then using the rest to stock the fridge with the basics: milk, yogurt, butter, juice, etc.