I start the week with some pretty reasonably-priced meals. Then the holiday hits, and The Unknown. I’m guessing on the worst-case costs for Friday and Saturday, because I want to take advantage of fresh produce and sales.
So I was so busy planning what to make next week when I have jury duty, that I forgot to plan this week! Typical of me. I have a partial plan — does that count? Here’s what I’ve got so far.
Sunday: Leftover frozen/Foodsavered burgers and leftover chicken breast (counting as $0 because already accounted for) made into tacos with seasoning (.39), tortillas (6 = .94), cheese (.50), and rice (.40), plus green salad (.30). About $2.55.
Monday: Pasta (.78) with Italian herb and cheese cooking creme (1.45) and fresh basil from my garden (seeds were a gift), and garlicky green beans (.50). About $2.75.
Tuesday: Shanghai Chicken Meatballs (~$1), peppers ($1) with onions, ginger and garlic (and some mushrooms if they make it) (~.40), and rice (.40). About $2.80.
Wednesday: Possible grillage of: pork chops (2.95), potato salad (FREE), tomatoes (.25) and salads (.30). OR (depending on a certain activity) pan-grilled hot dogs (.77) on buns (.79) with potato salad (FREE), tomatoes (.25) and salads (.30). Oh, and red-white-blue cupcakes (sorry, no flag cake this year) (~.20 each). About $4.55 at the highest for the dinner.
Thursday: (Possibly leftover grilled) chicken breasts (.88/#), corn (.50), tomatoes (.25). About $3.00, and maybe some leftover cupcakes.
Friday: I have no clue yet. Maybe something from the new grocery ad deals. About $5.00.
Saturday: (Possibly grilled) pork tenderloin ($3.50) with fresh herbs and garlic, potatoes (.40), fresh veg of some sort (~$1). About $5.00.
These dinners for my family will cost about $25.65. I’m doing pretty well this summer with the food budget. I’ve enforced less than a gallon a day milk consumption, which has helped. And filtered water is really good for us. Many of my meal costs actually include leftovers for lunches (and tacos), because our appetites are a little fickle in the hot weather.
What’s on your menu?
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