Thursday, April 28, 2016

Perogie and sausage. - 35.00 challenge

Yesterday I tried a recipe for perogie and sausage in the slow cooker.    I'm nit sure if I would try it again.    It cost five dollars and the cream cheese didn't melt, it was like curdled - in specks throuout the dish.   It tasted ok, but I didn't like the texture.    Trying new things is a crap shoot-- but it defies boredom in meal plans.   We , granddaughter and I, made a small batch of sugar cookies.   I picked up a bettymcrocker pouch at the dollar store, and it makes one pan of about one and a half inch cookies.   Not so much to load up on sugar-- a little treat .

 Yesterday I met a lady that had $35 to spend for five people. I don't know how long that food had to last.     But, I thought I would give it a shot. I just want to go through the thought process to see how far $35 would go  and take you along for the ride.  I'm going to assume she has the basics at home.

  1.  Let's start with protein since it is the most expensive.   Pork loin is 138 a pound . 
  2. Hamburger was 10.00 and change for 5 pounds.   
I don't know how many pounds the poke is.   You can cut 3/4 inch pork chops from it and leave enough for a roast.  Slice so,e ofmthemcooked roast thin and add BBQ sauce for sandwiches.   
Fry the hambirger to make crumbles.   It's fatty, so drain it in a colander placed on a pan.   Put the colander in the sink and pour boiling water over it.   Drain.   Place in containers of about a cup each.   

Five pounds of hambirger will net you five meals- stretching.    

  1. Sloppy joes and tater tots.  ( buns are .88 and tater tots are 2 lbs for 1.28.   ) 1/2 pkg tater tots.  
  1. Hot dogs w buns and the rest of the tater tots . ( Nathan's are on a coupon for BOGO net 1.91 and .88 for buns.
  2.   Use this meal twice, second time add a suddenly salad. 
  3. Speghetti w meat sauce.   : Barilla pasta 1.08  , salad 1.00. 
  4. Tacos , taco shells  1.28 which includes a coupon on the box for taco seasoning  add lettuce from yesterday and tomatoes 1. Refried beans .88. Cheese 138. 
  5. Stuffed potatoes ( broccoli, hambirger, cheese, chilli ) 
  6. Hambirger pizza ( Bisquick crust, cheese, hamburger, black olives 

10.35. - 5 lbs hamburger
3.18 - 2 pkg hot dogs, Nathan's BOGO coupon (newspaper)
2.64 buns (3)
2.74 bread (3)
1.28 2 lbs tater tots
1.81 -2 suddenly salad (coupon) .55
.88 refried beans
4.14 3 pkg cheese at 138
1.00 tomato
100 head of lettuce
198 10 lbs potatoes
.98 1 pound broccoli
.90 Hormel chilli (coupon)
148 peanut butter
.70 black olives
1.64 -18 eggs

Total 36.00

Peanut butter toast. Or egg quiche for breakfast.   There is no fruit there.
Marchand bowls 08 with coupons.  

A week for 35.00 is a tall stretch without stockpiling.   Snap is 140.00 a week.

Groceries on the cheap is looking at the Put Dinner On The Table meal train from a different
 pro sypective.  The emphasis is on purchasing good food( shelf- stable/ freezer staples )at the lowest possible cost and purchasing enough to last you until it goes on sale again -- Keeping a controlled non-perishable stock of the things you use on a regular basis. It means that when you shop, rather than purchasing just what you need for a day or a week, you  buy a loss leader protein, produce you will 
need on sale, a stock item if it's a RBP, and dairy instead.    This allows you to put well balanced meals 
on the table consistently  for a four dollar a day budget per person.   You spend more time on the 
planning and shopping end of the meal train and less on the cooking end by cooking efficiently.    

Four dollars a day is the target amount for people on snap.   My premise is that of you can do it on four dollars a day, spending more isn't hard.   You still get more bang for your buck.    

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