Saving the benjamins…one penny at a time.

Hi friends and family!  Over the past month or so, we have noticed an increase in our grocery bill.  We got to thinking, and came up with a few reasons why that was happening. 

                1.  Food prices increased a bit (shocker!)

                2.  We were buying a lot more meat than usual

                3.  We were being more courageous, trying new recipes that required ingredients we didnt already have on hand.  (like spices for example, some where $8-10.  Now we have them and they last for a long time so it’s all good)


So, we had a little discussion on how can we try and save some mula at the grocery store.  This last visit, we cut our bill by approximately $30.00!  That adds up and in a month thats a savings of $120 buckaroos.  I’ll take it.  So what we did was simple.  Since we are going to continue eating meat (duhhh, right!?) we looked more closely at the meat we were buying.  Chicken quarters (they are still no hormones, no antibiotics, free range)  are about half the price of boneless/skinless chicken breasts.  So we got 4 very meaty pieces of chicken for $4.14!!!  That will last us two meals as well.  So not only were we “shopping” around, we also want to be better at using ALL the food we purchase.  So much food goes to waste and with that, your money goes to waste.  Noone wants that!  So again, it boils down to just planning better and finding the best bang for your buck. 

Here is our weekly recipe list…

Saturday we had a bit of a “chicken cook off” together.  We each had two pieces of chicken to marinade.  We then grilled them and enjoyed them with bacon/onion brusselsprouts.  It was a delicious meal.  My marinade consisted of the following:  6 squirts of lemon juice, 2 tbspns Dijon mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  It was GOOD!!

Slow cooker Pulled Pork.  There are tons and tons of recipes to choose from for this as I’m sure you are aware.  Just find one that you like and enjoy.  We are not using regular buns of course, we found a recipe for biscuits that we made last week for breakfast and we are going to use those as our “buns” with our pulled pork.      We are using this recipe for the “buns”

Italian Sub Roll-Up.   Yum, we LOVE these.  So easy, so filling, so delicious!!!

Taco Salad.  Same recipe as previous posts.  Ground beef, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder.  Lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, cheese (optional), Nut Thins Crackers.

Chicken with Quinoa and Bacon/Onion Green Beans.   We will grill the chicken and marinade it. (most likely the marinade I used from saturdays “chicken cook off”.  Quinoa is a rice substitute that I like to use from time to time. (here is more info about it  Green beans –  we get fresh from produce section.  Steam the beans, while they are steaming, cook up 2-3 slices of bacon (remove when cooked) and saute onion.  When beans are “soft”  add to the pan with the onion and bacon grease.  Mix well to get the beans covered and then cut the bacon into small pieces and toss with the beans.  Enjoy!

Eggplant Parmesan.   For the sauce, I use the recipe I learned from my mom.  Any tomato based sauce will work. 


Thats our menu!  I’m looking forward to eating all this goodness, and I think it will be extra delicious because of the $30 savings ;o)  

Have a wonderful week.  Be happy.  Be healthy.  Be nice.  Be free.  Be you.  Life is a gift, that is why it’s called the present. hehe, I’m corny.


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