In my last post, I mentioned that I had bought 2 months’ worth of groceries for $124. Most of the items that I only have to add a little from my current pantry stores to in order to make a meal. Most everything purchased was on sale. Many of the items such as the boxed meals are not or typical meal choice, but are items I consider “filler” for days when a fast meal option is needed. Soon, I will be making a shopping trip to do bulk food shopping at Sam’s Club and Whole Foods. Those foods will be more in line with our typical cooking style.
(4) Old Orchard brand juice bottles, priced 2/$3
(4) Barilla Spaghetti, priced 4/$5
(4) Bush Chili Beans, lg cans priced 2/$3
(12) taco Bell refried beans, priced $1.00 each but was given $6 off at register
(12) boxes of Velvetta Skillet Meals, priced 3/$5
(4) boxes of herbal tea, priced $2.38 each
(4) 1 lb bags of elbow macaroni, priced 98 cents each
(5) 1 lb bags of lentils, priced 98 cents each
(5) 1 lb bags of split peas, priced 98 cents each
(1) large bag of the store brand of shredded cheddar cheese, priced $4.99
(2) loaves of sara lee country potato bread, priced $1.69 each
(4) lg. pouches of salmon, priced 2/$4
(2) lg. cans of StarKist Tuna, priced 2/$5
I was doing so well, that I splurged and bought a few snacks that were on sale:
(2) Chips Ahoy cookies, priced 2/$5
(2) Oreo cookies family packs, priced 2/$7
(1) 30 oz. Animal crackers, priced $3.99
And, not to be left out, I bought kibbles for our cat:
(2) sm. Bags of Purina cat food, priced 2/$8
Okay, so how if this 2 months’ worth of food? Easy!
4 meals of spaghetti using homemade sauce from the supplies I have in our pantry already.
4 meals of Indian tacos, using the chili beans
6 meals of burritos (2 cans of refried beans each) with homemade tortillas
12 meals using the Velvetta skillet meals, adding a handful of pasta from the pantry if needed
4 meals of mac & cheese or tuna casserole using the macaroni
10 meals of lentil stew
10 meals of split pea soup
4 meals with salmon cakes
By adding vegetables from our pantry, to any of the above meals, I now have enough to make 54 meals! This does not take into account the large bag of shredded cheese that I will use for making cheesy rice with tuna or veggies, stuffed baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, and much more. I didn’t buy any breakfast food since we already have several large boxes of both hot and cold cereals, oatmeal, and I make a homemade pancake mix. Lunches are usually sandwiches unless we happen to have leftovers from the previous day’s evening meal. With all the meal options that I have, and adding a bit from the supplies already on hand, the purchases made in that one shopping trip will give me meals for a couple of months.
Note, meals like the lentil stew and split pea soup are very economical when you add a sandwich to a cup of soup instead of making the soup the only item in the meal. I love to stretch out the lentils by making Kashari and serving it over homemade pasta or some rice.