Psalm 16:5-6 Yahweh assigned my portion and my cup. You made my lot secure. 6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places. Yes, I have a good inheritance.
Today my post is about being cheap. Ya, I said CHEAP. I am a cheapo! I became a single mother at 24 years old. I was self employed and had no extra money for anything. It was a true case of “eat or heat”. I learned very quickly how to make meals with $2 ingredients and how to sale shop. They key to my success? Planning. Every week when the flyers would come in I would scour them for the best prices on everything. From what was on sale I would plan the meals for the week. I never bought a single thing that wasn’t on sale, *still don’t, really*. I quickly learned that packaged meals and convenience food were insanely expensive. Why spend $12 on chicken fingers when you can buy chicken breasts, and prepare them yourself for $6? It does however take a lot of time and planning to shop this way.
Every week I usually look for the best prices on meat and plan my meals according to what kind of meat is cheapest. If pork loin is on sale I would buy enough to make 4-5 meals. Then I would look at what kind of produce is on sale. Potatoes are always a favorite. You can make every meal of the day from different kinds of potatoes. Hash browns for breakfast, oven fries for lunch and baked potatoes for dinner. Frozen veggies are another great way to save money. They have a regular sale cycle and are usually cheaper if you buy the store brand instead of the brand name. A lot of times when the brand name comes on sale, the store will drop the generic brand price as well to compete with the sale. That gives you the building blocks for a great meal. I always make more then I need because leftovers are always a good option for lunches. In which case you just made two meals out of one.
After planning your meals for the week make a precise grocery list, with ONLY the materials you need. I always write down exactly how many of each item I am going to buy and round up the price to the next dollar. Then you can keep an eye on how much you will spend. If you go the added step and bring cash with you, then you won`t be tempted to add impulse purchases.
Here is my recipe for “On sale steak”. I added how much I actually spent on this recipe the first time I made it.
On Sale Steak (Slow Cooker)
Sirloin Tip Steak (Food Basics, 4 steaks, $3.79)
Russet Potatoes (Giant Tiger, 5 lb bag, $1.99)
White button mushrooms (Giant Tiger, $0.99/package)
Aluminum foil (Food Basics, $1.00/roll)
BBQ sauce (Metro, $0.99, Onion flavor)
Put steak in the bottom of your slow cooker. Cover with BBQ sauce. Put a layer of foil over top of meat.
Wrap potatoes in foil and put them on top of steaks. (I add a dash of salt and pepper to my potatoes before I put them in foil)
Wash and pat dry mushrooms. Make a foil packet for mushrooms and add salt and pepper to taste.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Cost of whole meal $8.76