Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Frugal Dinners

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a good deal! I try to be first in line a the local thrift store and I am always bring things to consignment to make extra cash or to buy clothes for the family. I always shop in the clearance section of every store ( I start there). I do like nice things and trendy fun things but at some point I don't want to die leaving my children all this debt and I hate my husband working all the time. I heard Clark Howard ( Radio Personality) one time say he only shops in stores with concrete floors! LOVE IT!

I am always asked how I find things or how I can use 400.00 a month to feed our ever so growing family. I won't bore you with all the details but the more I share what we have for dinner I am always in awe over the fact that more people don't do this.

I start by 1 trip to Wal-mart & Costco once a month ...I get all canned food and more at Wal-mart and other things like cream cheese , Mayo, Juice boxes at Costco..

I make 1 trip to our local produce stand. Then my main goal is every 10 days for milk and misc. at the grocery store.

I always try for balanced dinners..not to much carbs, always a vegetable and Protein! I am huge believer in breakfast for Dinner...oh, and I am okay with pizza for breakfast! why not?

I strive to make 2 pounds of taco meat at least once during the week...

we have Taco salad...taco's..taco Omelets and Taco Soup.

We make soup at least once a week...I buy Bear Creek and then add from there ( Cheap and Fast!) I buy the Potato soup and add sausage, celery, carrots, 2 cans corn and onions...You can do the same wiht the chili mix and so forth.

Biscuits and gravy with fresh fruit and scrambled eggs are favorite!

Crock pot meals..Always cheap and easy!

If you need more ideas..buy 1 Bisquick cookbook, 1 rival crock pot cookbook and 1 Campbell's cookbook...You won't be disappointed and many times all the recipes are 5 ingredients or less.

If you have any great "cheap' dinners to share PLEASE PLEASE share!