Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Frugal Meal Planning

Lest you think that the "Frugal" part of the blog title is a misnomer, let me share a few of my favorite tips to save on groceries and meal planning.

I don't use many convenience foods. I cook from scratch as much as possible, for both health and economic reasons.

My grocery list comes from the grocery sale ads; my meal plans are based on the ads as well as what we have on hand. I plan meals for a week at a time, which makes things easier for me.

So far this week we've had these two meals, both of which are frugal but definitely not low-carb:

Monday: Pasta with broccoli, garlic, and olive oil. Italian bread with garlic dipping oil. Even with purchased Italian bread, this meal cost less than $5 to prepare. As a bonus, we had enough leftover pasta for two lunches.

Tuesday: Homemade pizza with peppers, onions, and pepperoni. Garlic bread (made with the leftover Italian bread). This meal also cost less than $5 to prepare. No leftovers this time, though. (The pizza photo is courtesy of bucklava at flickr.com.)

Wednesday dinner will be pulled pork sandwiches, made from a "manager's special" pork roast for $1.19/pound. The roast was odd-shaped, and I suppose that's why it was cheaper than the others; since I'm shredding it, I don't mind the odd shape.

What are your frugal meal ideas?

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! These meals sound good! We love homemade pizza, too!

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