I like food, but eating well can cost a small fortune today. I’ve figured-out ways to make delicious meals on a shoe string budget stretching my bucks. The obvious is buying groceries that are on special, but what do we do with them?
I bought 3 lb cross-rib roast for $18 on special serving three of us. The price of a single rib steak was more than the entire roast. The first meal with it of course was the traditional roast beef dinner with potatoes, carrots, and salad. From the way the lettuce was pricey, instead I bought a bag of salad that was less. After dinner I sliced the rest of the roast put it in 2 plastic bags dated for the freezer. The next week I made a casserole using one package of the leftover beef from the freezer, it is amazing how rice is great host for a casserole. After that the previous freezer bag with the remaining roast beef was used in a stir fry. Bought inexpensive veggies, nuts, and made a yummy stir fry sauce. This 1 roast costed only $6/meal or $2/person spread over three meals. Next is salmon which can be super expensive…
Salmon happens to be among my favorite fish meals, but like everything else it’s extremely pricey at times. My alternative is canned that I have purchase in the dollar store for $2/can. As a dinner thing I make salmon patties, adding salt, onions, pepper, dill, a shot of lemon, eggs, flour, then fry up those babies in canola oil. The leftovers can be put in sandwiches for lunch, or using my freezer bag method suspended for a later date. I was brought-up as kid on Sundays eating bagels, cream chess, smoked salmon, with celery and tomatoes so great! However, smoked salmon today is like buying gold, so that I use smoked salmon cream cheese by Philadelphia. This saves big bucks but has all of the comfort food tastes I remember.
I saw lean ground minced meat special for three dollars per pound, under half the cost as usually paid. It was a good day we made spaghetti sauce, and later used it for amazing burgers, meat loaf, and tacos over a few months.
I believe many families living on a really tight budget sacrifice eating well, but with a bit of creativity and finding the deals at the grocery store everybody can eat like a king!