One thing that I get asked often is HOW do couponers’ families eat when it seems like junk food items are the best deal? And it’s true- the popsicles, the sugar cereals, the cookies- they are often what seems to be the best deals but if you stockpile- you can cook a great meal every night while saving money.
Here’s an example of what my family ate the last 5 days- I bolded all the items purchased this week. Everything else was in my pantry, fridge or freezer from past deals. You can see most of what I cooked with….wasn’t purchased this week.
The approximate cost of feeding 6 people (well only 4 of us were here on Thurs night) for 5 nights was about $33.48! We spend more than that one ONE meal at a fast food restaurant.
Most nights there were fruit options on the table usually blackberries from our huge bushes, grapes from last week or strawberries (on sale all over this week!). Even being generous and adding $8 worth of fruit to these dinners means I’m under $45 for feeding 6 for 5 nights of dinners.
I post this not to brag about my culinary skills (we don’t like pink meat…sorry if that offends gourmet chefs) but to show that every night isn’t ramen noodles or frozen prepared dinners. I use convenience foods (hello canned biscuits) and we aren’t organic but we eat well every night.
It takes time to build a stockpile large enough that it doesn’t matter WHAT is on sale THIS week because you have a grocery store in your house but it’s OH so worth it. I never have to worry about having to get something for dinner ….because I have a little bit of everything in my freezer and pantry.
(I used an old picture of my beef stew so I could get this written up while it cooked!)
Friday Beef Stew:
$2.00 Canned Biscuits at Harris Teeter
$5 Beef- London Broil I cut into Cubes
$1.00 Carrots- past purchase cut up
$2.00 – Potatoes peeled and cut
$0.13 canned tomato paste from past Food Lion Quarter Back Sale
FREE Brown Gravy Mix- past Harris Teeter Sale
$1.68 per serving