Let's play the 'How Many Meals Can We Get From $20' game. I went to the grocery store on Saturday afternoon to pick up a few staples after getting home from Iowa. I walked out with $20 less in my bank account. Because I have the intention of staying within my budget for groceries, I'm going to see how long we can eat off this.
Here's what my bags held:
1/2 Gallon Almond Milk
4 Roma Tomatoes
8# Bag of Potatoes
16 oz. Light Sour Cream
1 Ranch Seasoning Packet
1 Bag of Bananas (more to come on these in another post)
Loaf of Double Fiber Bread
3 oz. Grilled Chicken (from the salad bar)
We bought a quarter cow this past year, so beef is not going to be on my grocery list. I realize that does make this not as replicable, but it gives you the general idea.
#1-Saturday night's dinner was 'Chicken Cobb Salad'. It was pretty fantastic. I used the lettuce, tomato, croutons, eggs & chicken from the store. I had cheese in my freezer that I pulled out, and used leftover bacon from breakfast cut into small pieces. For the dressing, I put the ranch seasoning into the sour cream.
My oldest won't eat any other ranch. Kind of strange.
#2-Sunday dinner was Roast! Yum. My whole house smelled like my grandma's, and that was fantastic.
I stuck it in the crockpot frozen at 9:30am. 7 hours later it was falling apart AH-MAZ-ING. I baked 4 potatoes, made gravy from the broth and pulled out the leftover salad. Night #2 in the books.
#3-Monday's dinner was Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwiches. Again, YUM! I shredded the leftover roast and warmed it and the gravy in my cast iron skillet. I boiled 3 potatoes cut into cubes, drained them and added the leftover baked potato creating 'smashed potatoes'.
I love adding rosemary and garlic to those babies.
Toasted 4 pieces of bread, topped it with the potatoes, then beef and gravy. Added broccoli from my freezer and night 3 is done.
I don't know how much longer I can stretch this, though. Iceberg lettuce only satisfies me so long.
Tonight I may make Upscale Scalloped Potatoes and Ham. My Grampsy cans ham and sends it to me in a care package. I add a secret ingredient to make the dish totally delish!
Or tacos. Or taco salad. I'm in the mood for Mexican.
If I can use my $20 for a family of 5 for 3 nights and counting, maybe you can too! Or maybe you can do even better!
What's your money saving grocery tricks? How do you stretch your groceries? Do tell, because I love to get new ideas!