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Old 10-29-2011, 02:47 AM   #21
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If you have a warehouse club membership (eg Sam's Club, Costo) then you can save a ton by buying stuff in bulk. For instance, Sam's sells 25 lb boxes of converted rice for less than a 3 lb bag of Uncle Ben's costs at the local markets- and it's just as good. Same goes for basmati, etc. Dried beans are much cheaper than canned and also far better tasting, although they require a bit more planning. Some of the best deals are on the larger #10 (restaurant sized) cans which admittedly can be problematic for two but they needn't be. A gallon jug of may will last you a long time but it keeps well. Ditto for canned black olives. Pickles will also keep almost indefinitely.

Another trick you can use is to make batches of stuff and freeze or can it. Chili and other soups can be stored both ways. Canning takes a small investment in supplies but can be a lot of fun and save you money. It's also nice if you garden or have friends that do. Freezing of course costs you nothing, and keeping your freezer fuller will reduce energy use (plus give you a buffer in weather or financial emergencies).
I buy most things in large quantities at Costco even though I generally cook for one or two. It is surprising how many things will freeze well. 3# garlic costs 4 something yesterday, about the same as a 3 pack a the supermarket. I use heavy whipping cream, a quart around 2.50, I freeze it in ice cube trays. Whole beef primals are way less expensive than supermarket steak prices, and are easy to learn to cut,.
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Old 10-29-2011, 02:51 AM   #22
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I .make large quantities of many dishes. Lasagne, chile, and a host of others. Freeze them in individual servings. It is not much more time consuming to make 10 pounds of something than it is to make a small portion.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:21 AM   #23
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Lentil & Sausage Soup

My wife and I made some Lentil and Sausage soup after having some at Carrabba's. Here is the recipe we make:

Lentil and Sausage Soup Recipe - Allrecipes.com

The only thing we do different is add a full pound of sausage instead of just a half-pound. The great thing is that Lentil's are cheap, cheap, cheap, and if you freeze the left-overs in 3 separate containers you can get 4 meals out of one making.

It won't get much cheaper than that.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:26 AM   #24
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Rice for breakfast, beans for lunch, and rice and beans for supper.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:30 AM   #25
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My wife and I made some Lentil and Sausage soup after having some at Carrabba's. Here is the recipe we make:

Lentil and Sausage Soup Recipe - Allrecipes.com

The only thing we do different is add a full pound of sausage instead of just a half-pound. The great thing is that Lentil's are cheap, cheap, cheap, and if you freeze the left-overs in 3 separate containers you can get 4 meals out of one making.

It won't get much cheaper than that.
If you were to make your own sausage, you could possibly cut the cost even more. Sounds good!

The pea pod soup I made on Canada Day is a "no cost" meal (almost) if one has a garden (I do and have carrots, onions, peas, potatoes, etc.), makes their own stock (I save the veggie water from steaming veggies so used that). And, a good way to use the pods before tossing them in the compost (or to the chickens). I could see not making it as a cold soup and adding leftover ham, turkey, or sausage to it as well.

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Old 07-03-2012, 03:28 PM   #26
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One of our favorite cheap meals is beef hot dogs cut into chunks and heated up in sauerkraut and served with peas.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:31 PM   #27
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One of my go to quick, easy, healthy, cheap meals is to sautée some onion and garlic in olive oil, add a can of diced tomatoes, a can of cannelloni beans and some fresh or frozen kale. Drain liquid or add them depending if you want a dish or a soup.

Baked oatmeal is a great way to use bulk oats and fresh eggs, both of which are inexpensive. Throw in some chicken apple sausage and drizzle with maple syrup and you're good to go.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:03 AM   #28
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I would say just eat what you love and save money by either :
Buying meats in bulk at your butcher and packing and portioning it yourself and freezing in Ziplock bags. Mark the bags, once frozen it's hard to tell what is what.

Buy larger quantities of veg, they are cheaper and you can process and freeze some for later use.

Add bulk to things like mince by adding lentils or beans.

Buy beans dried and cook a large batch and freeze single portions of the cooked beans in Ziplock packets.

You can make a number of delicious soups and freeze in plastic containers for later use.

Buy meats and cheeses on sale when possible, grated cheddar and gouda can be frozen in portions to use on things like lasagna etc.

I buy my meat directly from the supplier and I save almost half of what I used to spend monthly. I buy veggies and fruit at the horticultural market in large bags and prep and freeze extra.
Try store brands of things like tinned food, pasta, rice, cereal etc, Usually they are just as good and sometimes even better than name brands.
Try and do a monthly shop to avoid going to the store often during the month. You will be surprised how much money one wastes when buying daily or weekly. Ever go to the store for milk and find yourself with a full bag when you get home filled with mostly items that you don't need?
You don't have to give up certain food because you have a budget, just buy smart and plan meals :)
Best advice I have ever read.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:09 PM   #29
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I do a sort of goulash
penne noodles
spaghetti sauce
diced bell peppers
olives
cheese

its good and cheap
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Homemade gnocchi or cavatelli, or even ravioli/tortellini can be very economical and are relatively easy. I've found some really good brands of crushed tomatoes at some of our local discount grocery stores. There's one that I buy, called Diane's Garden, that is only 99 cents for a 28 ounce can and tastes just as good as the San Marzano tomatoes I was paying $4+ per can for.

Panko crusted eggplant parmesan would go well with this too.

Anything vegetarian for the most part is going to be cheaper than meat based dishes.
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