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Old 08-17-2010, 07:49 AM   #121
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That helps!

That's very helpful thanks!

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I'm definitely on a budget too, and what I find saves me the most is to plan my 2 week menu out in advance - breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks, I read the sale ads to plan it out based on what is on sale. If I find a good deal on pork chops I'll make them a couple different ways during the 2 weeks, if hamburger is on sale, I'll stock up. I also always have bags of frozen chicken in the freezer (boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs from Aldi's and their chicken tenders are great too, plus their leg quarters are really cheap and good too!) Aldi's is lifesaver for meats (although I don't care for their hamburger, I get that somewhere else) cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, salad mix and such. I have to shop their and fill in at Cub Foods for anything else I can't find or don't like from Aldi's. So grocery day takes some time, but with my menu plan in place I can look at my 2 weeks of dinners each morning and decide what I want to make that night. Breakfast is usually eggs or omelet, or mock danish (I keep cereal, toast and waffles on hand for the family), lunch is usually a salad with some protein of some sort, or meat cheese roll ups of some sort (I keep soups, and sandwich fixins on hand for the family, and I can make use of the meat cheese part of that too).

Now granted sometimes, I just don't feel like cooking or nothing left on the menu looks appealing at that time and we'll go out, or I'll improvise.

Here are some of my dinners I make alot

Hamburgers/layer salad (no bun for me)

tacos (taco salad for me)

Philly cheesesteak sandwich (no bread for me - do it in a bowl - yum!)
Grilled chicken ceasar salads

meatloaf (low carb or course) baked potatoes for the family along with broccoli for me and everyone else

Tuna melts - I put them on english muffins for everyone else and do mine either in a bowl or on a low carb tortilla if I happen to have them on hand, or I make tuna muffins.

2 6 oz cans of tuna well drained
2 eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
2 tbsp finely chopped onion
2 oz shredded cheddar
salt and pepper
pinch of old bay seasoning
Mix well, spoon into 6 well greased muffin tins, bake at 350 for 30 min.
this isn't my recipe I got it from someone on this board (can't remember who though, sorry!) and it's really good and cheap and easy!

Hot dogs - on buns for everyone else and for me I slice them open a bit, put in a slice of cheese to fit in and wrap it with partially cooked bacon, bake it till the bacon is crisp - it's super yummy and not too expensive

Hope this helps some! It's doable, just takes some planning

Another real favorite of mine is a boneless skinless chicken breast pounded so it thin and even, take a dollop of cream cheese (the flavored garlic and herb in the tub is the best, but plain is ok to!) roll up the chicken breast to seal in the cheese, wrap with a slice of bacon and secure with toothpicks to hold together, bake at 375 for about 45 min - 1 hour - it is delectable!
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:14 AM   #123
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I have to agree, Aldi's is the best deal for frozen meats. I would shop there every weekend but I can't always make it there since I don't drive.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:54 PM   #125
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I have to agree, Aldi's is the best deal for frozen meats. I would shop there every weekend but I can't always make it there since I don't drive.
I miss Aldi's ...moved to Calif and there are none here.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:41 AM   #127
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this thread is great. lc'ing is killing my budget.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:03 PM   #128
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:45 AM   #129
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So many great ideas here. I've always found great deals on bone-in, skin on chicken thighs. Usually can get them on a good sale, they come out $0.50 - $0.60 each. I cook them whole in the oven; debone them, salt them and cook them on the stove top or the grill; or cut them up for stir fry. Also bone in chicken breasts are much cheaper than boneless, roast very well in the oven or can be deboned for boneless breasts.
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WOW LOTS of great idea-you guys are so awesome and creative

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Old 04-06-2011, 04:23 AM   #131
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This thread helps. Thanks for the ideas.". Love chicken thighs, eggs, tuna.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:19 PM   #132
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You can usually find things cheaper at your local farmer's market than in regular grocery stores. I hope this helps.
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:57 AM   #133
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Chicken thighs (bone in) are always on sale here. In my opinion they are the best to cook with too because they dont get dry when cooked, make Great meals and are wonderful in soup. I'm a Gizzard fan too, and those are always cheap. Turkey legs are great for Turkey soup anytime of the year. Pork neck is also a Great addition to soups, stews, and slow cooked. Pigs feet? Yum and again low cost.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:44 PM   #135
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I buy bulk bags of the chicken leg/thigh quarters at least twice a month, usually for around $0.25 to $0.30 a pound. I marinate them overnight in Italian Dressing and cook them on the pit. ALL kinds of great uses for that meat from Chicken Salad to Chicken Mushroom Alfredo sauce. YUM!
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:02 AM   #136
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ground beef is cheap and so are onions! I'm planning to make these without the cheese.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:38 AM   #137
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I was finding LCing was killing my budget. I love eating well, but just can't cook steak for a family of 6 (3 teen boys) it's way to expensive. I started to make menu's and price things out on a weekly bases to keep my food budget low. The rice, breads and potatoes are mostly for the kids. I usually eat the meat and salads. Here is this weeks menu:

Monday = Pot roast 3.24lbs (6.83) only using 2/3 of it $4.31
potatoes (1/2 bag) $1.00
salad (1/2 head) $0.75
1 large granny apple $0.25
leftover bread $0
Total = $6.31

Tuesday = Zesty chicken 1 whole chicken $1.43 (can't believe I got one for $1.43)
augratin potatoes $2.00
salad $0.75
black eyed peas $0.25
Total = $4.43

Wednesday = Spaghetti dinner 1 can Hunt's spaghetti sauce $1.00
1 box spaghetti $0.88
Salad (1/2 head iceburg) $0.50
Salad dressing $0.50
Homemade bread $1.00
Husband and I will have leftovers
Total = $3.88

Thursday = Beef Stroganoff beef on sale $1.88
box of noodles $0.77
chocolate chip muffins $1.60
salad $0.80
1/3 cauliflower steamed $.33
Total = $5.65

Friday = Pizza Homemade dough (makes 2 thick crust) $0.75
Homemade sauce $0.31
Cheese $1.50
Soda (2-2liters) $1.38
Hubby and I are trying a new lc pizza casserole with eggs tonight $?
Total = $3.94

Saturday = Pork chops chops (1/2 package,5 thick chops) $7.59
dirty rice $1.60
can of fruit $1.00
salad (1/5) $0.80
Total = $10.99

Sunday = Turkey ($11.22 - 1/4 of it) $2.81 (didn't have leftovers so cooking another)
rice $1.60
gravy $0.20
salad $0.80
Total = $5.41

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Hot dog salad: Two hotdogs cut up into rounds and then cooked in a pan with diced onion. Put in a bowl, squirt some yellow mustard on top, mix, eat. Yum. I eat this for lunch a lot.
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What hotdogs do you use? Most are low but I want super lc,nc dogs.
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I like Boars Head lite franks (zero carbs), or Nathans (1 carb). Boars Head are a bit more $$$.
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I just made the Tuna Muffins ... OH.MY.GOSH. I wanted to eat the whole pan. Thank you for sharing that gem!
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You all get better prices than they have here but the things mentioned are still the cheaper of what is available otherwise ... And our farmers markets aren't any cheaper which makes me sad

Thanks everyone and keep the ideas coming.
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Good morning all. I am sure you can tweak my menus to make them cheaper for your family. This feeds my family of 6 (3 teen boys) and is low carb. The kids eat the rice and breads while adults have the main meat and salad or veggies. Have a great week.

Mon = Tacos & Taco salads
ground beef $3.52
homemade seasoning $0.05
1/2 box shells $1.03
homemade flour tortillas $0.18
2 cups cheese (16oz) $2.52
lettuce (1/6) $0.67
sour cream $0.08
homemade refried beans $0.33
tomato (1/4) & onions $0.15
Total = $8.53

Tues = Artichoke baked chicken, salad, rice, maple oatmeal bread
6 chicken breast w/ sauce $8.52
Salad (1/6) & dressing $0.80
Homemade bread $0.75
Rice $1.60
Total = $11.67

Wed = Beef gravy over rice, Italian bread, black eyed peas (mom's night out)
Ground beef w/homemade gravy $3.60
Rice $1.60
Black eyed peas $0.33
Homemade Italian bread $0.50
Total = $6.03

Thur = Kung Poa chicken, leftover rice, salad
3 chicken breast $2.76
1 pepper (.45), brocolli ($1), onion (.16) $1.61
Leftover rice $-
Salad (1/6) & dressing $0.80
Leftover bread $-
Total = $5.17

Fri = Pizza
Homemade dough (makes 2 thick crust) $0.75
Homemade sauce $0.31
Cheese $1.20
Soda (2-2liters) $1.38
Total = $3.64

Sat = Spinache lasagna, Italian bread, salad
Ground beef w/1 can sauce $4.52
Spinache & noodles $1.25
Homemade Italian bread $0.50
Salad (1/6) & dressing $0.80
Total = $7.07

Sun = Creamy white turkey chili, chocolate chip pumpkin muffins
All leftovers plus 1 can beans $0.69
Chocolate chip pumpkin muffins $1.60
Total = $2.29
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Good morning,

Well another week. This was the menu I made for this week, but my oven just broke so things will change a bit until I can get it fixed. I will probably take out the lasgna and make meat balls and pasta for tonight instead. But you get the idea anyway.

Mon = Spinache lasagna, Italian bread, salad (I didn't get to make this last week)
ground beef w/sauce $4.52
spinache & noodles $1.25
Homemade Italian bread $0.50
salad (1/2) & dressing $0.80
Total = $7.07

Tues = Pork stir fry w/ peppers, rice, bread
chops (1/2 package,5 thick chops) $7.59
salad (1/2) & dressing $0.80
Homemade bread $0.75
Rice $0.20
Total = $9.34

Wed = Roaster chicken, gravy, rice, Italian bread, cauliflower
Chicken $4.00
Rice $0.20
Gravy (homemade is free) $0.11
Baked cauliflower $0.50
Homemade italiano bread $0.50
Total = $5.31

Thur = White castle cheeseburger pie
1 lbs ground beef $3.52
8 oz cheese $1.26
2 eggs & 1/4 cup cream $0.40
Leftover rice $-
salad (1/6) & dressing $0.80
leftover bread $-
Total = $5.98

Fri = Pizza
Homemade dough (makes 2 thick crust) $0.75
Homemade sauce $0.31
Cheese $1.20
Soda (2-2liters) $1.38
Total = $3.64

Sat = Chicken alfredo, broccoli, italian bread, noodles
chicken w/homemade sauce $2.00
Broccoli & noodles $2.00
Homemade Italian bread $0.50
Total = $4.50

Sun = Chili
1 lbs ground beef $3.52
beans and sauce $2.00
cheese & topping $1.00
Homemade Italian bread $0.50
Total = $7.02

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Thanks for posting your menus pcaltman. I have got to cut the grocery bill. I was a veggie........so all the meat is making my budget go crazy. My family always ate meat, but when I was a veg, I didn't want to cook it. So they ate more beans and rice, and rice and beans.

I need all the help I can find.
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Thank you. I hope it helps somebody. I know the final prices on a lot are above the $5 limit I try to set for myself, but I have a lot of teen boys to feed and they can eat I try to always have a meat, a veggie or salad, a bread, and a pasta or rice. I eat only the veggie and meat do to Atkins (ok most of the time), so the kids get the yummy others.
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Morning,
This week is a little different budget wise. Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner are on the menu. I have family coming in from out of town that will be staying with us (12 in total), but I don't want to kill the budget so will be creative with leftovers for lunches and next weeks menu Everybody have a Merry Christmas

Mon = Zesty chicken
Roaster chicken $4.16
Rice $0.20
Homemade peanut butter bread $0.65
Salad (1/6) & dressing $0.80
Total = $5.81

Tues = Diced chicken parmesan
4 chicken breast breaded fried and diced $3.68
Noodles 1 box $0.88
Salad (1/6) & dressing $0.80
1/2 bag broccoli $0.50
Leftover bread $-
Jello $0.44
Total = $6.30

Wed = Tacos
2lbs ground beef $3.80
Homemade seasoning $0.05
Homemade flour tortillas $0.18
2 cups cheese (16oz) $2.52
Lettuce (1/6) $0.67
Sour cream $0.08
Homemade refried beans $0.33
1/2 bag tortilla chips $1.00
Tomato (1/4) & onions $0.15
Total = $8.78

Thur = Cheeseburgers pie
2lbs ground beef $3.80
8 oz Cheese $1.49
Homemade buns (12 buns) $0.50
Fixings $0.50
Fried potatoes $1.00
Total = $7.29

Fri = Pizza
Homemade dough (makes 2 thick crust) $0.75
Homemade sauce $0.31
Cheese $1.20
Soda (2-2liters) $1.38
Total = $3.64

Sat = Christmas Eve dinner (feeding 12)
Ham $8.31
Potato casserole (grandma's bringing) $-
Mock mashed potatoes $3.99
Ceaser salad $1.45
Diced carrots $0.75
Hawaiian bread $1.50
Total = $16.00

Sun = Christmas dinner (feeding 8) will have tons of leftovers
Beef Tip roast $35.00
Pan Gravy $-
Sauteed green beans with bacon $2.50
Blue cheese spinach salad w/toasted walnuts,dried cranberrys, vinaigrette $2.50
Sugar free cranberry or red jello mold $1.88
Au gratin potatos $1.74
Au gratin cauliflower $4.50
Cranberry bread $1.00
Total = $49.12
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Your welcome. I really try to stay around $5, but that doesn't always happen. Excited to see what I make next week with the left overs from the beef tip.

I shop at:
Costco
Walmart
Shoppers food warehouse
Harris Tetter
Sometime Giant

I do have 8 store right around me so easy to get to. Just trying to keep a low budget for my family of 6 (3 teens boys), pay off debt, eat healthy (little to no packaged food s) and lose weight. Doesn't always work and is very hard, but worth it
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