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So lamb whores and goat sluts a lot of you who follow me on Facebook (do you STILL not follow me? I can only help the slow learners so much, yall) or have ready previous entries have seen the hints at my fabulous ability to spend almost nothing on food. It has taken me four years to hone this skill which became totally necessary because Matt and I are young, are mostly broke, and have two kids. And a myriad of other bills.
When we moved in together we had to put groceries on a credit card. Every two weeks for YEARS. We just had no money. We were barely paying rent. And I remember the EXACT moment when I paid cash for groceries. And I cried. I cried like a little bitch getting slapped with a wet noodle because finally- my OCD organizing skills had FINALLY paid off. Granted, I had no gas money that week but that's beside the point.
How do I do it? Yes, I know I am a picky eater. But I cook normal food and try to eat some of it. I'm a really decent cook, I enjoy cooking, so this is all win win because Matt and Jackson will eat anything I put in front of them. And Jackson sometimes claps for me.
So here is my menu for the next two weeks. (Breakfast is always a cereal and/or toast for everyone except me who is still rocking her palmful of chocolateless almonds. Ew. Lunch is sandwiches or left overs.)
M: Chicken & Rice Pacifica (this was fucking AWESOME)
T: Tuna Helper (my own tuna helper- not the box of MSG with a side of tuna)
W: Chicken & Long Grain Wild Rice w/mixed veggies
F: Rice Oriental (like the hamburger helper back in the day. I have a recipe for it. To.die.for)
Sa: Spaghetti (I make EXCELLENT spaghetti)
Su: BBQ Beef Sandwiches
M: BBQ Chicken with mashed potatoes, corn on cob
T: Pepper Steak with Au Gratin potatoes and green beans
W: Eating out for my bday
Th: Home made pizza (two kinds)
F: In Chicago
OK. So I cook every single day. I utilize my crockpot like it's my bitch on a leash. (By the way- if you want any of these recipes- leave me a comment with your email and I will email it off to you.)
So when I grocery shop I ONLY buy what is on my list. And on that list is ONLY the ingredients to make these things. No snacks. No soda. No candy. No frivolous shit. I usually will buy grapes and apples for the kids' snack but aside from that- NO EXTRAS.
My shopping expense for these meals + breakfasts + lunch meat/cheese for lunches = $61.09
(Now would be a good time to be all oooh....aahh...)
Yes. This is $61 for two weeks of food for 4 people. (Matt and Jackson eat a TON whereas Olivia and I are average) Every meal I make serves a lot so I can usually freeze half for later on which is nice when you two week bill is under $40. OR it makes fabulous left overs. Even though we are technically eating out for 3 days my money spent would not be more because my beef sandwiches and bbq chicken are huge batches to those would have been frozen to serve one of those other days. BUT, I'm still going to freeze it for probably the week after. Also- I clip coupons. Not a ton and only for things that are on my list. Once I get my chest freezer installed (long story) I will be able to buy more in bulk which will be easier and cheaper in the long run for me.
So yeah. Are you stuck? Do you need meal ideas? Email me. :) email@example.com