Food Budget

Salad, Fruits, Fruit, Berries, Nuts

I love food, but eating well can cost a small fortune now. I’ve figured-out ways to make delicious dishes on a shoe string budget stretching my bucks. The obvious is buying groceries which are on special, but what do we do together?

I bought 3 pounds cross-rib roast for $18 on particular serving three people. The price of a single rib beef was more than the entire roast. By the way the lettuce was expensive, instead I purchased a bag of salad that was less. I added to it a tomato, green onions, and made my own salad dressing. After dinner I sliced the rest of the roast set it in two plastic bags dated for the freezer. The following week I made a casserole using one bundle of the leftover beef from the freezer, it is amazing how rice is fantastic host for a casserole. After that the last freezer bag with the remaining roast beef was used in a stir fry. Bought inexpensive veggies, nuts, and made a tasty stir fry sauce. Next is salmon which may be super expensive…

Salmon happens to be among my favorite fish meals, but just like everything else it’s very pricey occasionally. My alternative is canned that I’ve purchase in the dollar store for $2/can. As a dinner thing I make salmon patties, adding onions, salt, pepper, dill, a shot of lemon, eggs, flour, and then fry up those babies in canola oil. Generally, two cans make 8-10 patties, sides are mashed potatoes, and canned corn yum!! The leftovers can be put in sandwiches for lunch, or using my freezer bag method frozen for a later date. I was brought-up as child on Sundays eating bagels, cream chess, smoked salmon, with celery and tomatoes so great! However, smoked salmon now is like buying gold, so that I use smoked salmon cream cheese by Philadelphia. This saves big bucks but has all the comfort food tastes I recall.

I saw lean ground minced meat special for three dollars a pound, under half the price 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 month or two.

I think many families living on a very tight budget sacrifice eating well, but with a little bit of creativity and finding the deals at the grocery store everybody can eat like a king!

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