Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Winner, winner, not chicken dinner!

Last night we had a taco boat, not fried - refried beans, and rice.    I saved some peppers  and some of the rice for the spicy chicken soup for tonight.  Waste not, want not.

I saw a lady on U-tube make bread sticks from pizza dough,   ( living on a dime ) she added white to the tops. I think I'll add some melted butter and finely grated parm.   It should be a good project for granddaughter and I .   She will probably enjoy rolling them out.    She also loves soup.    The soup recipe is a Taste  of Home.    When I wrote  for them, they posted the recipe on the Internet.    This one could be there.

I found room for the pinto beans  in the cupboard rather than the pantry because I use them a lot.   The price of beans has gone up.  They are still cheapest at the dollar tree  except maybe Costco in bulk.   I haven't eaten down the canned supply yet, so that's not happening,    I do intend to keep a few cans.for emergency and as my daughter put it, sometimes,  you may not have an hour to cook beans,

Being in transition is hard for the pantry organization.
We are so lucky to have a closet full of food.     I got two packages of pronto speghetti from the dollar tree yesterday.  I did pay a dollar, because you can only use two printed coupons per day, and  door coupons total per family per day.    I used two coupons for puffs.  They are a smaller box count, buy they are better quality and with a coupon, they are .75 .   I have a coupon that is a dollar off of four.    Thinking about this, a .75 box of speghetti, a .85 cent can of pasta sauce, and package of meatballs would put dinner on the table for 2.60 for a family of four.   Add some green beans for .50 and some bread sticks for .15.   Total 3.25.  For the three of us, I can save so,e for lunch the next day. Or freeze some for a dinner.    for granddaughter when we are going out or she doesn't like our dinner.   And, it cooks in ten minutes flat.  

On another note, we did  go to the dollar tree.   I wanted brown n serve rolls for meatball subs.   There are six to a package, they usually come in on Mondays, they are no GMO, no artificial. Easy, Peasy.  They also come in two thin baguettes.   I haven't found a good baguette recipe yet.  

They also have what looks like a light switch.   It runs on batteries and I plan to out it on the utility closet so I can see on there.    I keep the staging things for the dining table, vases, placemats, flower arranging supplies, and  the mops and vacuume cleaner.  
Groceries on the cheap is looking at the "put the meal on the table train" from  a different perspectives

The emphasis is on purchasing good shelf stable or frozen food  for a RBP in quantity - enough to last you until it  goes on sale again or to keep a controlled non-perishable stock of the things you  use  on a weekly basis. 

This means that instead of shopping daily or weekly for just the things you need to cook your meals for the week. You go to two stores and buy :
1) a protein that is a RBP - enough to make that meal for x number of days. (I.e.: if you eat it once a week, buy enough for 4 meals.)
2) produce and dairy you will need to fill in the meals for the week. 
3) a stock item, if you need to and it is on a RBP - enough to fill in to your self imposed stock level. 

You often are paying 1/2 price for your food.   This allows you to put well-balanced meals on the table consistently on a four dollar a day per person budget.   You spend more time on the 
locomotive ( planning and shopping ) end of the train, and less time in the caboose ( kitchen )by
cooking more efficiently. 

 Four dollars a day is the target amount for people on snap.   My premise is that of you can do it on 4 dollars a day, spending

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