I’ve challenged myself to spend no more than $100 this month at the grocery store. That means that I am using all of the grocery stretching strategies that I know. Since, we’ve been raising kids on a low budget for over twenty years, we have a more than a little practice at making the most of every penny when it comes to our food budget.
Here’s a look at this week’s grocery haul and all the dishes that we made using grocery markdowns from Kroger.
Here’s what we got
- 2 bags – Baby Carrots – 2 pounds each bag – marked down to 99¢ per bag.
- 3 bags – Crinkle Cut Carrots – 1 pound bag – marked down to 30¢ per bag.
- 1 bag – Romaine Lettuce Salad Kit – marked down to 99¢.
- 2 bags – Jalapeño peppers – 9-10 peppers per bag – marked down to 99¢ per bag.
Total cost: $5.91
To see me describe each item and explain how to make the most of markdown hauls, check out this video.
What we cooked with all those carrots
Here’s a look at our menu plan and all the recipes that we made with that seven pound carrot haul (for which we paid $2.90).
I’ve included a cost analysis of each recipe. Remember, these figures are based on what I paid for the ingredients. Your total cost may vary.
Carrot Based Soups
- Split Pea and Carrot Soup in the Pressure Cooker – Cost: $2.00
- Chickpea Chili – Cost: $4.00
- Ginger Carrot Soup – Cost: $2.00
Carrot Based Main Dishes
- Carrot Veggie Stir Fried Rice – Cost: $2.50
- Vegan “Pot Roast” Carrots Over Millet – Cost: $2.00
- Creamy Carrot Casserole – Cost: $2.50
- Curried Carrot Fritters – Cost: $1.50
More Main Dishes
- Grain Loaf – Cost: $4.00 (2 loaves and one went into the freezer for later use).
- Taco Salad with Lentil Filling – Cost: $7.00
- Pancakes (Yep! For Supper!) – Cost: $0.00
(The pancakes were for Shrove Tuesday and came from our son’s church. So, there was no cost. Well, actually, we gave them a $10 donation to help with covering the cost of the event. So, in truth, I guess it did cost some money, but we took the funds out of our “giving” category and not groceries).
- Walnut Lime Chickpea Spread – Cost: $1.50
- Chickpea Tuno Salad – Cost: $1.50
- Quarter Pound Beet Burger – Cost: $1.50
Eating for Less than $50!
The total cost of this week’s menu (Including $7 for breakfasts) was $39.50!
Yep! Our menu plans are all designed to feed a family of four for just $50 or less. That includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
To check out our other menu plans, click here.