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Yesterday's Post - Frugal meal plan

October 26th, 2020 at 02:47 pm

I've put on a pot of small red beans with a hamhock this morning for several meals this week.  Such an inexpensive, yet healthy dish for the week.  I should get 8-10 meals for about $4.  Since the bread only takes 3 cups of flour and scant amounts of yeast and salt, I guestimate less than .50 a loaf.  So, if I get 8 meals, thats .56 ish cents per meal!  Not bad for something I really enjoy.  Smile  I will polish off the last of my leftover prime rib stew for lunch today, and the beans will be dinner.  I just love the cooler weather and a piping hot bowl of goodness. 

Ive been sticking with lite vanilla greek yogurt (buy the large container), blueberries and a sprinkle of granola for breakfast.  This averages just under $1 per serving.

I did pick up some crystal lite to have something other than water.  However, I dont like the taste using the suggested ratio of powder to water, so I make mine much more diluted.  Instead of 8 cups of water, I double the amount.  Its not as sweet tasting, but still has a nice flavor. And I get double the amount!! Im sure there are lots of other ways to make flavored water that I would enjoy, but baby steps.  Smile

I dont use creamer with my coffee, but rather the pink pack sweetener (1 per cup of coffee) that I buy in bulk at Costco and only replace about every 5 years.  I do enjoy a cup or two of tea, especially this time of year, but I make the tea bag (.16) last for at least 2-3 uses.

With snacks - bananas, grapes, string cheese and granola bars (my big splurge!) I am eating for much less than $5 per day.  Somedays are even in the $3-4 range.

I just recently started this type of frugal meal planning to test how inexpensive I can eat when I am home alone.  And so far, it is a success.  I know I will need to cut our budget when I retire, so I am working on ways to test the waters now, so I will have a good plan when the time comes.  I dont anticipate the meat and potatoes hub will want this drastic of a change when he is home, so I won't be able to scale the food budget back as much as when he is away for work.  But, I am confident I can find ways even during those weeks to scale back at least a little.

1 Responses to “Yesterday's Post - Frugal meal plan”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Like you, I like to try and figure out how much something costs as far as meals. It sounds like you have some economical meals. I have been slowly cutting back on the meat in our house. Not necessary to save big bucks, but I think we, did in the past, eat way too much meat. It's funny how with a 2 pound roast, we got one beef roast with potatoes and carrots, and I added extra potatoes and carrots and made extra broth, and then added vegetables and barley. We then got three meals out of the soup. So, although the meat was expensive, for four meals it was really reasonable.

    I think you are doing a fine job finding ways to cut back.

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