Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Saving Money on Suppers

When we go for groceries, we get two cereals for breakfasts (if we don't already have a big stash at home) one hot and one cold. We get bread, sandwich meat and cheese for lunches, and a big bag of chicken nuggets. The bulk of our food budget is spent on suppers. Each supper has to be balanced, has to be around $5 for the entire recipe, and has to be enough to feed everyone WITH leftovers to take care of a few people for lunch.

When meat is at a stock up price, we stock up. For example when the big bags of boneless skinless chicken breast were on sale for $5 a bag (we use half a bag for each crock pot meal) we bought quite a few.

Same with the many other ingredients...if cream cheese is on sale for 79 cents if you buy 10, we buy 10. You can freeze cream cheese. And when Campbells cream soups are on buy 5 save $5, we can get them for $1, plus after a coupon, about 80 cents a can.

So you have half a bag of chicken for $2.50, a block of cream cheese for 79 cents and 2 cans of cream of chicken soup for $1.60. Then a packet of Kroger salad magic dressing mix for about a quarter on a stock up sale awhile back. We're at 4.89 + 25 cents = $5.14. All that goes into the crock pot for about 3 hours. And then a 38 cent box of penne to put the creamy crock pot Italian chicken over....$5.52 for the whole meal, feeds all 6 and there are leftovers for at least 3 the next day which covers lunch. This is one of our more expensive meals....but it's everyone's favorite!

How do you save on groceries?

What's your favorite supper on the cheap?

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