Gayle’s blog, The Grocery Cart Challenge, was one of the first that I came across when I started paying more attention to couponing and grocery store savings this past summer. I kept thinking, “if she can do this for her family of 6 then I can do this for my family of 4!!!” She feeds her family on $60/week and shares her menus, shopping trips and other fantastic money saving tricks and tips on her blog! She will surely inspire you too!
When Erin asked me to guest post while she was away for the holidays, I thought it would be fun to follow in her footsteps and put together a $5 meal. Come to find out, this is no small feat. It’s a ton of research, math skills, checking against my shopping receipts and…a little bit addicting. I can’t tell you what a fun game it was to break down one of our staple meals to find out if it fit into the $5 dinner category. And when I finally got to the end it was like finding out I won the lottery to know that it fit. So…Thank You Erin for all the hard work you put into this amazing blog. (You’re welcome!)
Crockpot Potato Chowder – serves 10-12
Adapted from www.recipezaar.com/50144
8 cups diced potatoes ($.80)
1/3 cup onion, chopped ($.18)
3 knorr bouillon cubes (these are two teaspoons in size $.10)
6 cups water
1 10 ¾ ounce can of condensed cream of chicken soup ($.59)
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese ($1.29)
½ lb bacon, cooked and crumbled ($.85)
Dried parsley or sliced green onions for garnish – optional
Combine potatoes, onion, water, bouillon, and chicken soup in the crockpot.
Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until potatoes are tender. Add cream cheese to crockpot and blend.
Top with bacon and parsley or onions before serving
We serve this with Buttery Bread Machine Rolls – makes 24
Adapted from www.recipezaar.com/65340
1 cup warm water
¼ cup powdered milk ($.20)
½ cup butter or margarine softened ($.22)
¼ cup sugar ($.07)
2 eggs ($.25)
1 ½ teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour ($.10)
2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast ($.75)
Put all ingredients in bread machine pan in order listed.
Run on dough cycle.
When cycle is complete, divide dough into 24 pieces and shape into balls.
Place in greased 9 x 13 baking pan.
Cover and let rise in warm place for 15 minutes.
Bake at 375 for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Grand Total for both recipes $5.40
Now my family is larger than most with 6 people (2 teens), so this would feed all of us with only a little leftovers. If your family is an average size of four people this would be one meal for dinner and one meal for the freezer. If it’s two meals the grand total would be $2.70.
If you’d like to see how I feed my family of 6 on $60 a week come visit me at The Grocery Cart Challenge.