Wednesday, June 12

Frugal Food

As you may know, I've been on a mission to reduce our food budget to $100 a month plus milk, eggs, and minor perishables. It's just the three of us and we don't pay for any red meat because we eat dad's venison. Like many bloggers suggested, I planned the meals for the month. We've switched to "Certified Humane" chicken and I don't eat pork because there aren't any safe, free range, steroid free options on the market (so I don't cook it). Dad and I don't eat breakfast or lunch and mom eats cereal and leftovers. That leaves dinner. Our garden veggies haven't come in yet, so we rely on canned and frozen. I usually make food for 4-5 people which leaves a few extra servings for leftovers and lunches. Based on what we had in the pantry and what looked good at the Fresh to Frozen Salvage Grocery store in Midlothian, I formulated the following plan which came pretty close to $100.

Week 1:
- Loaded Baked Potato
- Hamburger Helper
- Chicken Tortilla Casserole
- Spaghetti with Meatballs
- Grill Out
- Leftovers
- Veggie Pasta

Week 2:
- Beans and Rice Casserole
- Tuna Noodle Casserole
- guests at someone else's house
- Leftovers
- Cameron's Dinner party for 8 under $25 (Vegetarian Mexican wraps, potato salad, hummus, pudding)
- Spaghetti and Meatballs

Week 3:
- Leftovers
- Chicken Mac n' Cheese with side of green beans
- Tuna Orzo Casserole
- Vegetable Scrap Soup
- Stir Fry
- Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Pizza and Leftovers

Week 4:
- Leftovers
- Venison Veggie Stir Fry
- Breakfast for Diner
- Eat Out
- Chicken and Dumplings
- Mac n' Dog Casserole

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