In order to meet our closing costs for our new home in less than two month's time, and an unexpected bank fee to lock in our rate due NOW, we are tightening our budget belts! This means being as frugal as possible, and eating cheap!! Our food budget is where we can save the most money since we really don't spend a lot on anything else, save gas for the car and household bills which we can't do much to change. We will continue conserving resources like we always do, and I am already not driving much as I need a brake job.
The meals I have chosen for the coming week are coming from 3 resources:
-Not Just Beans by Tawra Kellam
-Miserly Meals by Jonni McCoy
Peanut butter toast
fried egg sandwich
basic muffins with jam
Pasta E. Fagioli soup with bread
peanut butter & jelly/grilled cheese
hot dog w/mac and cheese
fried bologna sandwich with carrot stix
sheala's ham and noodles with peas
Jam chicken and potato salad
boston chicken with honey dijon vegetables
meatballs and spaghetti
baked chicken nuggets and oven roasted vegetables
chinese beef with egg noodles
meatloaf with green beans and coleslaw
homemade pepperoni pizza
I have chosen a lot of desserts and snacks. Normally we do not even have desserts, only once in a while. Yet, when we have very frugal menus and less free fruit around ($$) I try to have extra cheap treats so no one feels deprived.
Since I have a stock of meat in supply and some pantry items, this week we can get by with a minimal shopping list which should be less than $95ish for groceries to feed the 7 of us, which is great because all I have is $100.00.
peaches (if on sale)
tomatoes (only if on sale)
red bell peppers
2 boxes mac and cheese
1 pk egg noodles
soft whole wheat flour
1pk hot dogs
3-1/2 ground beef
1-3/4 lb cheap cubed beef
cans of small biscuits
4 frozen O.J.
large bag of ice