I ran on to another blog today. The lady is remarkable. Apparently, sh has very little to live on and makes due with delicious meals for next to nothing, She also has the time to bake everything from scratch and grow her own fruits and vegetables. I applaud her in her efforts, but I don't have her time or talents. To each his own. You have to do what works for you and what you need to do to make your budget work. I suspect if we continue to be unemployed and I don't find an outlet for my product, I will be working harder to cut our groceries more. I am only one person, and others in the family don't see the need to economize. Budgets have to balance. I basically quit buying anything but supplies for the business, cutting clothing budget to must haves, doing my own nails, and staying out of stores. I have had to buy some clothes lately because I have dropped five dress sizes! I just took a truck load of clothes to the goodwill. I, not buying a lot of my current size until I see if I gain weight, the doctor seems to think I will and so I'm making do. I got some clothes from a family member that cleaned her closet out and I bought a few pair of leggings because they are very forgiving and span a couple of sizes. I switched and have my hair cut for less than 1/2 what I was paying.
I digress, this is supposed to be about food. I think I'm saying don't beat yourself up because you spend more than the next guy on food. You have to do what you can. Of you are forced to make it on a specific amount of money, you pretty much have to do what you can to make things work.
This is about making it on half the average budget. I spend twenty five percent less than what the USDA stats are for my husband and I and I supplement my daughter and granddaughter a lot as well.
Fred Meyers continues to have good buys for their anniversary.
Bumble bee tuna ( cheaper ay fm)
Barilla pasta ( cheaper at fm )$$
Pork loin chops 2.29
Pudding cups .99( backpacks?)
Five dollar Friday
Ice cream 2/5
Tillamook yogurt ,38@@( 3/1 at fm)
Pizza crust, corn muffins .50
A gratin potatoes .75
Albacore tuna 1.00
Fruit juices 16 ox frozen veggies 1.00
Nalleys chili 1.00
Tomato sauce .25
Tomato paste .50
That's about it. If I had to pick, I would pick Fred Meyers and SAFEWAYS in Friday. Be sure to take advantage of the cheese . The savings is remarkable. Don't get stuck paying none dollars for two pounds of cheese. Ugh! Of I am going to eat cheap sources of protein, I am going to eat the best quality I can find.
I would stock on frozen potatoes, albacore tuna. Cheese, crackers, and tomato sauce and paste. Sometimes when making pizza from scratch, or adding some depth to a sauce, a small can of tomato sauce is all you need. Fred Meyers has chicken for a buck a pound. I found a recipe that puts a spice rub on it and bakes it for an hour at 350. We did it, but it took more than an hour to get the chicken well done. Thighs and grill packs are the best buys here. They had no grill packs when I was there. If I get a grill pack, I debone the chicken breasts and cook the rest for shreds for burritos, tacos or BBQ sandwiches. You can also use the broth and some chicken for soup.
If we are having something like soup that has less,protein, I make cheese biscuits to supplement or
make a pudding for desert or have ice cream. If we have waffles, I add bacon or a yogurt parfait with fruit and granola.
Looking at the whole meal picture helps to balance the protein and the budget!
Ps big lots has krustez pumpkin loaf big box for 2.25. It's really good and far less than scratch. Of it os the four box , that makes it a little more than .60 a loaf!
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