Stretching your food dollars to come under budget

jambalaya
(photo by George)

This was our dinner tonight. It was *almost* made from scratch but I cheated by starting with a Costco rotisserie chicken. They use chickens that are hormone free and antiobiotic free and they have the roasting down to a science. I’ve never gotten one that was dry and overcooked. Costco sells them for $4.99. That’s insane – that alone is worth the membership fee.

Two nights ago, we shared on of the chicken breasts and had slaw and roasted okra for sides. Today I made the jambalaya pictured above. I simmered all the leftover chicken (one breast and two drumstick/thigh pieces) with the rest of the carcass and the drippings from the container it was sold in. The okra came from our garden. I had to buy a can of tomatoes, some Cajun chicken sausage from Costco, 3 squash, a pepper, a few cloves of garlic, an onion and 3 stalks of celery. For the price of those veggies, we ate our fill tonight and had enough leftover for one more dinner and two lunches.

Best of all, this is nutritious food that has an amazing taste. The broth that results from stewing the carcass is rich and flavorful. I add a bay leaf and Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning.  George never complains about having this for dinner.

Every time I can make more than one dinner at once and freeze the extra one, I feel like I have money in the bank.  I use masking tape and a Sharpie to label what I froze along with the day’s date.  That helps us to actually eat what we freeze.  Dinners like these taste even better the next day so there’s no objection to having “leftovers”.

Track your grocery money, try to come in under and add those savings to your Money Game fund!

Level Completed: 126 out of 251
Amount Deposited This Month: $624.88
Total Balance: $2,349.51

I need $105.26 to get to the next level.

Our Money Game fund has increased 36.2% so far this month.

Have fun, grow money and level

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4 thoughts on “Stretching your food dollars to come under budget

  1. Doubling up on the meals and freezing is something I’ve been doing for some time now and not only is it a saver but it also helps on the weight loss plan too. We have a number of shows on the BBC that are looking at these kind of subjects and if nothing else you have your own good quality ready meals.

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