Thrifty Thursday – Winging It

As I said on Monday, I didn’t do much meal planning this week. I know, shame on me, that’s not very frugal. But part of being frugal is being flexible. I decided to somewhat plan a couple of meals and challenge myself to use what I have in the house the rest of the week. It’s a good way to get a fresh start for New Year’s and hopefully clear out my freezer a bit.

We only spent $57 at the grocery store this week, there were a lot of good deals.

  • Jar of pasta sauce – $1.77
  • Diced tomatoes – $0.88 each, bought 2
  • Ricotta cheese – regularly $5.49, on sale for $3.99 plus $0.50 coupon = $3.49
  • Hummus – coupon for free container of hummus
  • Steak for husband – $3.88 a pound = $3.76 steak
  • Ground turkey – $3.99
  • Shrimp – $3.88
  • Mushrooms – $1.50
  • Tofu – $1.99
  • Kale mix – $2.50
  • Pomegranates – bought 2 this week, $2.50 each
  • Orange juice – $2.99 each, bought 2
  • Regular milk and lactose free milk – $1.99 and $3.69 respectively
  • Deli ham and cheese – $3.50 and $2.80 respectively
  • Contact solution – regularly $10.99 with $1.50 coupon = $9.49

Small grocery run, but we had quite a bit more at home.

  • Rice – brown and risotto rice
  • Pasta – lasagna, spaghetti, small shells, rotini, orzo and penne; good things to stock up on when under $1
  • Chicken – some leftover deboned thighs, and a whole chicken my parents gave us
  • Lentils
  • Canned tomatoes – 28 oz crushed and diced tomatoes, 14 oz diced (now have three after going to the store)
  • Pineapple chunks – good for stir fry
  • Frozen vegetables – okra, peas, broccoli, edamame, lima beans and snap peas, plus a yellow pepper and butternut squash I diced and froze
  • Frozen french fries and mashed potatoes
  • Frozen tilapia
  • 2 potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Chicken stock – more than 2 quarts, plus frozen chicken parts to make gallons more.
  • Bread – one loaf out, one in the freezer

This is the result of stocking up for the past few months. If you buy a little extra at a time, you can feed your family without spending a lot at the store every week.

I could easily make some baked pasta with the sauce and ricotta I bought this week, and a stir fry with the tofu, pineapple and frozen vegetables. We also have the makings for sandwiches if all else fails. Stock up and never go “there’s nothing to eat in the house” again.

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