Sunday, September 4, 2011

Week #3-Feeding your family of five on $75.84

Almost $10 over week #1 and #2 but you can cut out the bag cereal and milk and add more oats or you can add Ramen noodles at 5/$1 instead of a couple of PB&J lunches which would omit one peanut butter jar at $1.99. You can also mix and match with the other weeks to get something you like and that fits into your weekly food budget.


1-Cold cereal, milk, orange juice
3-Cold cereal, milk, orange juice
5-Cold cereal, milk, orange juice
6-Oatmeal, orange juice
7-Cold cereal, milk

1-PB&J sandwich, carrots/celery sticks
2-PB&J sandwich, orange sections
3-PB&J sandwich, apple wedges
4-PB&J sandwich, celery sticks
5-PB&J sandwich, orange sections
6-PB&J sandwich, apple wedges
7-PB&J sandwich

1-Homemade Pizza Total=$4.49
Ingredients: Flour, yeast, water, salt and oil for the dough. Use a bread dough recipe for crust. Spaghetti sauce and cheese to top. I've allowed for two packages of mozzarella.

2-Chicken and homemade Rice A Roni, vegetable of choice Total=$4.75
Ingredients: Cooked chicken, orzo or spaghetti bits, rice, chicken broth, some onion and garlic if desired. I couldn't find the recipe that I was looking for on this one so I think that we can work it out on our own. Cook the chicken and pull the meat off of the bone, some for this meal and the rest for the Cobb Salad meal. Take a small amount of the orzo or the spaghetti bits (like maybe 1/4 C. or less) and sautee in a little veg oil in a pot until a golden or light brown. The browner it gets, the more flavor it will have but don't burn it. Add the rice and onion. Add enough chicken stock to whatever ratio of rice you add. Maybe you'll need a tad more for the pasta, I'm not sure. So if you have 2 C. of rice, add 4 C. of chicken broth, with maybe a tad water, bring to a boil and cover and simmer for 20 minutes until rice and orzo are done. Be sure to check and add more water if needed. Add the chicken at the end.

3-Ham hock and lentils, french bread Total=$4.97
Ingredients: Ham hock. They come in a package of 3 in my Fry's store. I think you'll only need one, so freeze the rest and then next time you make this you will not have this added expense. Lentils, onion, chopped celery, some chopped carrots, water. Recipe on my recipe list under pork and/or crockpot.

4-Cheese crisps Total=$5.47
Ingredients: Cheese, burrito sized flour tortillas

5-Rice stuffed Bell Peppers, canned vegetable of choice Total=$4.00
Ingredients: Rice, onion, garlic if desired, tomato sauce, 3 bell peppers cut in half vertically.

6-Cobb Salad Total=$5.41
Ingredients: Romaine, 2-3 chopped hard boiled eggs, grated cheddar cheese, bottled dressing of choice, cooked chicken (use half in salad, the other half in the chicken rice).

7-Egg/cheese tacos Total=$5.97
Ingredients: Burrito sized flour tortillas, scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar.

Grocery List (Based on Kroger (Fry's) prices)
French bread, $1.29
Kroger Value bread, .99/loaf, buy 4 at $3.96

Kroger Orange juice, $1.32, buy 2 at $2.64

Oats, .89 lb., buy 2 lbs. at $1.78 (Sprouts price)

Kroger bag cereal, $3.39
Kroger Flour, $2.04
Yeast, I've allowed for $1.99, you'll have some leftover
Kroger Rice, $1.46
Barilla Orzo, $1.29
Kroger Lentils, $1.59

Kroger Value spaghetti sauce, .99
Fry's vegetables, .50, buy 2 at $1.00
Fry's chicken broth, .99, buy 2
Kroger Value tomato sauce, .34, buy 2 at .68
Kroger dressing, $1.49
Kroger Value Peanut butter, $1.99, buy 3 at $5.97
Kroger Value grape jelly, $1.67

Eggs, $1.99 (you can usually find them on sale during the week for less)
Milk, $3.49 (same with milk, there will be a sale somewhere to bring your food costs down)

Wall Deli
Kroger Value shredded Mozzarella cheese, $1.49, buy 2 at $2.98
Kroger Value shredded cheddar cheese, $1.49, buy 4 at $5.96

Fry's burrito sized flour tortilla, $2.49, buy 2 at $4.58

Ham hock, $3.49 for 3
Chicken, based on a sale price of .69 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $2.07

Onions, .78 lb., buy 2 at aprox. .78 lb.
Carrots, 1 lb., .69
Celery $1.18
Green peppers, 2/$1, buy 3 at $1.50 (based on sale price)
Garlic, .59
Romaine, .99
Apples, $1.49 lb., buy 2 lbs. at $2.98
Oranges, $1.29 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $3.87

Items not on grocery list
Those two items should carry over from week $1

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