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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Budget Meals

With the economy most folks are looking for ways to save money ,or to feed the Family for less.
One way to feed your Family for less is meatless meals. I do most of my cooking from scratch which saves a great deal on the budget. Beans are a good meat sub.have 1 or 2 meatless meals per wk. This is a meal of beans, pots. with onion,turnips, cornbread/bis.What my Family likes may not be the same yours like. It's never a good idea to cook something your Family doesn't like it. We grow or buy from Famers alot of our food.I can,dry, or freeze alot of our food. That helps a great deal. I stockpile which works well for us.I know its not for everyone. You can Google for ideas on what to fill your pantry with,what works for one doesn't work for all, you have to find what would work for your Family.
Another budget meal is to have breakfast for supper. Buy whats on sale. You can google your local grocery store wkly. ads if you don't get your local news paper. Coupons are good ,I use them now and then but canning,freezing,stock piling and having a couple discount grocery stores I don't use them wkly. Buy store brands, buy enough for one meal to see if your Family likes it so you want have a big supply of something that want be eat. Pasta is a budget friendly meal I use alot of whole wheat pasta .Pots. is a good deal you can cook them so many different ways ,you don't feel your eating the same thing day after day.Try different recipes.Google for money saving recipes. Have a gal. size freezer bag in your freezer to but left overs once its full make a pot of soup.Grow as food as you can, Know your local prices as much as possible so you will know if you're getting a good buy.Shop once a wk. not 2 or 3 times per wk. Google or check out frugal blogs for ideas.
Google for recipes for mixes (pancake etc.) When shopping make a list and stick to it, don't shop when hungry. Cook enough for 2 meals freeze one. Keep your pantry, fridge, freezer organized. Watch very careful for fridge waste ,use up left overs before they go to waste. Unless you make yourself aware of fridge waste you will be shocked how much waste you can have. Cook from scratch .There's lots of great websites for recipes.
Make your cleaning supplies you will have more money left to put toward your food budget.
keep your kitchen clean, dishes washed daily , if your sink is full of dishes it will make it easier to say .Lets eat out. If you stockpile when you restock move all the food you already have moved to the front of your shelves and put the new food in the back so the dates want run out.
One thing I've learned to do with this economy if I find steaks on sale ,I cook them slice them up use for stir fry , or cook onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and serve on a bun. Chicken can be done this way. Buy a whole chicken bake, with left overs pulled it bbq it .
What are some ways you stretch your food budget? I would Love to hear your ideas.
Have a great day!


Karen H. said...

Good Mornin' Miz Lib,
Dang I must be on The Food Netork website. LOL. You pot is making me hungry now. I love white beans. I think withe th way the economy is now, most families are staying home and cooking more. I know we are sine I'e had my stroke. Got to eat more healthy. We don't havwe a Farmer's Market near us so I have to get what I can at Wal-Mart or ou r local grocery store. I have a big back yard and could raise a garden, but I don't have a tiller to plowe it up with. Nohing is better than fresh veggies from the garden. If I cook something, I usually cook enough fr ua ro eat on COUPLE OF DAYS AT A TIME. Ho do you do your potatoes and onions. They looked good as well. I UST HAve to stayy away from fried foods.
Tqke care and have a great day. May GOD BLESS YOU ANDS YOURAS,
kAREN h.

JoyceAnn said...

Great tips , Lib. Thanks for sharing your biscuit recipe , it sounds like my late mother-in-laws recipe. I have never been able to make biscuits like hers , plan to try your recipe and see how it goes. They look delicious ....

~ Many Blessings ~

Anonymous said...

Very good post, and prepared food (in photo) mmm .... very nice look! Greetings to You,
Edward Rogers

Lib said...

Hi Miz.Karen,
The pots/onions are cubed and fried. I know fried is not good for us, but we don't have them daily.
Have a great day!

Lib said...

Hi Joyce Ann,
Hope your bis. turns out well.
Don't give up,the more you make bis. they better they get. :o)
Have a great day!

Lib said...

HI Edward,
Welcome! Thanks for visitng and taking time to leave a comment.
Have a great day!

Peggy said...

I am going to bake your biscuits tonight. We had pintos, fried, taters, mac n cheese and cornbread for supper last night.. comfort food as we really needed it.

Lib said...

Hi Peggy,
Hope you enjoy the bis.
I was raised country/comfort food .
We don't need it either but enjoy it.
Have a great day!

Gill - That British Woman said...

baked potatoes are a cheap and easy meal in our house.

Great post,

Gill in Canada

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Amen to your post. I cook everything, bake everything and freeze whatever I can too! It saves so much money is so much more healthy that way. We also have meatless meals several times a week.



ancient one said...

We have breafast for supper a couple of times a month. That's the only time I will eat an egg. Fast and easy! (we have the chickens and we eat their eggs.) When they pile up, we give some to a neighbor and to some family members.

raccoonlover1963 said...

Hi Lib.
I'm coming over to your place for dinner, so set one more place! LOL
Take care and have a great week.

QuiltedSimple said...

Great ideas - I'm working on stockpiling right now. Thanks for some thoughts....

Salute said...

Good ideas for a great meal. My husband can eat pinto beans everyday. He loves them.

Tami said...

You have some really great tips for lowering the grocery bill. I try to never go to the supermarket on an empty stomach or I wind up buying everything in sight!
Reducing meat intake is a great way to save money. It can also help your health. I work on a non profit campaign called Meatless Monday which encourages Americans to cut meat from their diets just once a week. Cutting back on saturated fats by 15% - which is equivalent to going meatless one day a week - reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke.
We have great recipe ideas that are light on your wallet and easy to make. You can find them at

Linda said...

Hi Lib...thank you for some great ideas. I try to shop sales and use coupons too and this helps. We love soups and casseroles and this helps to stretch the budget too. Sometimes we will even have breakfast foods for dinner and this is not only fun but yummy too. Have a great day...hugs, Linda

p.s. your beans sure look good...L

PEA said...

We grow our own veggies in the summer time and I can/freeze everything so that I can use them during the winter months. We also grow our own potatoes and as you said, they can be fixed up so many ways. I only buy meats that are on sale, never pay the full price anymore. This was a great post, dear Lib:-) xoxo

Nancy said...

You've got this simple life down to an art, Lib! Some great tips you have here!!! I like my beans baked and red...ketchup and brown sugar with a little dried mustard and chopped onions. Think I'll stick a dish in the toaster oven now for supper with a hamburger! You've made me hungry, Lib! LOL

((( HUGS )))

Lib said...

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment.
Thanks for sharing some Great ideas!:o)
Have a great day!