How do you calculate your per meal cost?
1. I have a “numbers” brain. Got it from my grandfather! He was a mathematician.
2. I remember the prices of just about all the products I buy. I generally buy the same products, so I have a good sense of the price. If I get something on sale and/or use a coupon, I will write the price down on the item with a Sharpie if I don’t think I’ll remember. I save receipts (mostly for produce costs). (Somehow the “price memory” part of my “mommy brain” is still in tact?!?)
3. For items like eggs, flour, ground beef…I calculate the cost for that meal based on how much it was and how much I used. So for flour…a 5 lb bag of flour costs $3 for me. There are about 22 cups of flour in a bag…so each cup of flour is about $.13. Eggs: a dozen eggs for me is $1.80, making each egg $.15. I typically use half a pound of pasta for our meals ($.50). Now that I use rice pasta for the boys, it’s a bit more expensive. Milk: Gallon of milk is usually $2.79, sometimes $2.49, so I calculate per cup based on $2.79. Etc. (And remember, I live in the heart of the Midwest, so my prices are likely lower than other parts of the country.)
My MIL popped in last night with a bag full of pears from a coworkers tree! So I peeled them, plopped them in the crockpot and let em brew. I added too much water, so I let them simmer on the stove for a while (and what a lovely aroma that created!). I used my crockpot applesauce recipe, inspired by the crockpot lady’s applesauce. And this is what was going on while I was peeling…And yes, my 1 crockpot has been running for over 24 hours now…meatballs…pear sauce and now lime chicken 🙂 It’s due for a nap!
- 6 organic drumsticks ($2.34) I used a $1 off coupon from my store.
- 1 cup lime marinade ($.25)
- 6 potatoes ($1)
- 2-3 T extra virgin olive oil ($.10)
- Garlic and Sea Salt ($.05) Grinders on sale at Kroger
- 1 head broccoli ($.75) On sale this week at Kroger
- Pear Sauce (Free...thanks to a lovely friend!)
- Place chicken and marinade in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.
- Just before dinner, dice and saute potatoes in EVOO (I usually add about 1/4 cup of water to help them cook faster).
- Steam broccoli in steamer for 3-4 minutes, or microwave for 3 minutes.
- Serve chicken, potatoes, broccoli and pear sauce...A warm and well balanced meal for the "first snowfall" day!