I have three packages of hot dogs. They have far enough expiration dates that we can use them within the next few weeks. We only eat hot dogs in the summer and only around holidays that trigger the grocers putting them on sale.
Part of what we eat is based on what was on sale that week; Part is based on our key ingredients that I try to keep on hand.
Grocery shopping based on sales and coupons to get the lowest possible price and fill in what your pantry needs leaves you pretty much free to choose any meals you want within dietary and budget guidelines.
- Pizza - a necessary staple here. It's cheap. I make crust for less than a quarter, Add a fifth of a jar if pizza sauce bought at the DT. ( freeze the rest in ice cube trays ) add cheese - target price close to two dollars a pound and pepperoni that is.50 for a package with a coupon at the DT. Total cost 1.20 It also might get any leftover bits hanging around the fridge, Black olives scarfed from a cassarole, the ends of the sausage or hamburger bag. Etc
- Breakfast 4 dinner. Another easy dinner that keeps a low profile so we can have a more expensive meal another day. Eggs are .78 a dozen this week. I'll dry some, but we still have plenty. I found a recipe for a pancake mix that mis easy and inexpensive. Add that package if sausage that keeps falling out of the freezer on my toe, and some scrambled eggs and berries and we should be set. .36 for eggs, .21 pancakes , 1.88 berries. Sausage 1.00 total 3.34
- Pork tenderloin roast , smashed potatoes. Zucchini with some tomato and red pepper flakes. I have. A Pork tenderloin ( not a loin ) in the freezer that I got for five dollars. Zucchini is a dollar a pound at FM this week. 1/2 roast 2.50, potatoes .32, zucchini 1.00 Tomato paste .16 total 3.98
- Tomato soup. cheese biscuits. 2.50 - finish the case of tomato soup. ( organic roasted red pepper and tomato -Costco at 2.00 each in a case.
- Tacos. Spanish rice. Taco kit was a dollar at Grocery Outlet. Hamburger - $1.68 lettuce, tomato, cheese and - cup of rice. Total 3.58
- Tuna casserole uses tuna 1.00, noodles .50, cream soup base, peas .50 total 2.00 dry bread crumbs and a Tbs of parm is too small to count.
- Vegetable bean soup , bread sticks. Bread sticks .15 , soup 1.67 total 1.82
- Total 18.42 for 7 days
- Buy when things are on real sale.
- Use coupons when you can for real food
- Buy bulk foods that you use a lot,
- Make scratch with efficient recipes.
- Buy bulk meat and butcher it yourself
- Eat vegetarian a couple of nights a week.
- Soup and bread is a good thing.
- Plan your meals, but be flexible
- Remake leftovers . Leftovers don't have to loom the same as the first time around.