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MCCC75 SparkPoints: (25,022)
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6/8/14 7:22 A

I understand...the price of groceries is staggering these days. Every other week I make a big pot of homemade chili that my kids love and I love. I usually put in one pound of ground turkey or 80/20 ground beef and then load up with a variety of canned beans (drained) like pinto, kidney, black beans and maybe some chili beans. I also add a can of Rotel, some chopped jalapeno, garlic and onions with a little shredded cheese on top. I try to buy all of these items when they are on sale so I have readily available in pantry when I make this. I think it comes out to about $11-$12 for a big pot and feeds our family of three for several days so that is a bargain. I also use my own homemade seasoning which helps reduce the overall sodium amount versus the packaged mix. We also buy a lot of chicken breast on sale for $1.99/pound and make a lot of different dinners from that (chicken stir fry, chicken salad, chicken fajitas etc.). We also eat a ton of eggs (scrambled, sunny side up, hard boiled, and in casseroles). Still, our grocery bill is so much more then it used to be and we watch our budget very carefully.

Hope our economy gets better (some day) and prices aren't so ridiculous. emoticon emoticon

Edited by: MCCC75 at: 6/8/2014 (07:24)
MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,902)
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6/7/14 9:45 P

chicken (look for sales)
whole eggs
homemade broth (from chicken bones)
cabbage soup
veggies/fruits on sale often: carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, kale, banana, tomato
frozen veggies on sale

When times are really tight:
beans, lentils, brown rice, potatoes, corn (used in: soups, salads, casseroles)

MOODYKEYS SparkPoints: (26,689)
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6/7/14 8:22 P

i relate totally. my husband gives me 440 dollars a week to pay bills. they usually come around 300 and something each week but there are times that a doctor bill pops up, gas bill comes, etc. leaving nothing for food. i usually buy a lot of meat to have in the freezer for these times. times i dont have much i will just buy what i can make from what i have in the freezer. like this week i had 50 to buy what i needed. then i remembered i needed dog food too. i didnt get my oranges or apples this week but i got enough stuff to make it i hope. we all hve probably been in the same situation.

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6/6/14 2:54 P

I have had times, last week in fact, where there was not enough money to go around. Fortunately for me, I can eat just about anything and much of what I do make all the time is relatively inexpensive. I make broth out of the chicken bones and excess vegetables. I buy all my beans in the bag and cook as needed. I can survive at least two weeks without even going to the grocery store.

6/6/14 2:34 P

This has been a hard month- for us we had an extra week of expenses and don't get paid more for that week so for sure we were short.

In times of plenty I stock up on things like spaghetti sauce or crushed tomatoes as well as discounted meats (put those in the freezer).

This weekend we will have pasta with diced veggies (on pasta for the kid and on veggies for me), chicken stir fry, chicken and potatoes with greens.

I also have a couple cans of re-fried fat free beans and some cheddar. I'll make a salsa and we will have burritos/soft tacos.

I have eggs too so we can have egg salad and breakfast for dinner.

Some of these are not low calorie so I have to really watch my portions.

We also have a big stash of apples and plums.

KASTRA Posts: 369
6/6/14 11:12 A

Oh, I love chili! I'm the only one in the house that eats it, but I make it about once a month, and always a large pot so I have dinner that night, then lunches all week long. I do the same as you and make it from the cheap dried beans, some variety of meat, and as many veggies as I can load in without making it something that couldn't be defined as chili.

Another good "oh, please stretch to next payday" meal is to make a big batch of rice in chicken stock or bouillon, dice chicken, add a bunch of sautéed veggies, and keep a big Tupperware of it on reserve. Add a stirfry-type sauce for something resembling stirfry. Bake some of it with cheese on top for a comfort food type dish. Toss it in a grilled tortilla and top with cheese and salsa for an easy and fast fajita kind-of-thing. All from the same 3 or 4 chicken breasts and big batch of rice and veggies.

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6/6/14 10:59 A

I hate it when pay day comes around I think I have everything all in order and "We will be okay." Then it happens, Oh yea the paycheck is a day short from that day off last week, and I totally spaced on that bill that must be paid by Monday FLIP! I look in the cupboard, I look in the fridge.... and then I look to that saving grace credit card for anything else that we may absolutely need from the store.... "No girls you can't get that bunny trying to sell you chocolate milk." "But why mom!!!" (Because Mom is BROKE! But I never say that to the girls, so I reply, We are saving our money for other much needed items)-

So what items come to your mind??
Mine- Chili! Homemade packed full of beans, lentils, any chopped veggie on hand and any kind of meat on hand... Make a big pot of it and it's like wine, seems to get better with age; eat off it all weekend!

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