I really enjoy sitting down to dinner and adding up the cost of the meal. It’s a little game I play with myself sometimes….how cheap can I make dinner?
Last night was interesting. I had taken out some chicken breasts for dinner, but they were still frozen solid when it was time to make dinner. With my hubby missing a lot of work lately, a trip through the drive-thru or a call to the pizza joint wasn’t an option, so I had to start thinking. I had some pepperoni that I bought with a coupon, and that was about it.
I still had to send hubby to the grocery store, but there wasn’t much I could make without some kind of purchase. Believe me when I say it’s bare bones around this place! I had him pick up cheese and canned spaghetti sauce, which I don’t like, but it’s cheap! With my daughter’s help, we made pepperoni sandwiches. I thought I’d share the cost break down with you.
|Bolillo Rolls, 2 packages of 4||(I brought these home from our church food pantry at the end of the day…we did not have room in our freezer to store them, so they technically were free.)||
|Mozzarella Cheese, 16 oz.||On sale, 3/$10||
|Pepperoni, 4 packages, 3.5 oz each||Normally $1 each, coupons for $1 off 2 make them .50 each||
|Canned Spaghetti Sauce||Normally 1.00 each, store coupon gave .50 off 3. Will use the remaining 2 with pasta and ground beef we already have.||
With these ingredients, we made 6 large sandwiches, and had some ingredients left. I could take the cheese and sauce that were left and put them with chicken breasts or frozen, breaded chicken patties for another quick sandwich if I wanted to get another meal out of the leftovers without spending a lot more money. Very few things go to waste in my kitchen! If I had gotten an earlier start, I would have sauteed onions and peppers for those of us that wanted them, but I didn’t.
So there you have it…what frugal, poor, couponing moms make for dinner. 🙂