Saturday- Curried Carrot Bisque /w/ bread
Monday- Taco pie /w/ leftovers
Tuesday- Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew
Wednesday- Chickpeas /w/ rice
Saturday- Homemade Pizzas with Dana and Brian! Happy <3>
I received some great feedback and suggestions after last week's money saving post.
I love Lori's suggestion of making enough for multiple meals and freezing some. Unfortunately, as the picture below shows I have a teeny tiny freezer. BOO! :(
and that isn't Rita's in those containers-although my husband wishes it was. We reused them.
But I do have a ginormous (and messy) pantry! woohoo :)
In response to some questions...
Q. Erin asked, "Do you base your menu on what you want or by what is on sale that week? "
A. I used both along with what I have in the house. I usually first see what I am in the mood to make. Then I look to see what I have in the pantry, freezer, fridge and then check what is on sale. This combination usually determines what we will have for dinner. I almost always have rice, onions, beans, some type of canned tomato (diced, stewed, crushed) and pasta in my pantry.
The free range chicken we buy is $3.99 per lb at the local butcher. It really doesn't go on sale. So we just buy some and freeze it two breasts at a time. I have cut down on the meat I use in my recipes as well as how many recipes per week I make using meat in order to save money. Eating vegetarian meals is cheaper. Including some vegan meals (like curried carrot bisque) stretches our money even further. No dairy, no meat = save big time! A bean chili over rice may not be that exciting but it goes a long, long way.
Q. Andrea asked where I have had luck finding coupons for healthy food.
A. Mainly at manufacturer's websites. I request newsletters and contact companies asking for coupons. I basically beg! :)
Hopefully I will get another post up with all your wonderful money saving tips.