a reply to: Daavin
Great idea! I love it!
I will think of some recipes to add to your thread but, in the meantime what one of the above posters stated about being able to shop and cook ,
properly, IS important.
One trick is to browse the weekly flyer and see what's on sale. You have to really know your store AND regular prices though as sometimes this is a
trap. What do I mean? Well, I have noticed that on some items, they will jack up the prices the week before, then this week "put them on sale", and
really they are what they were originally...
Also, I don't know if anyone else has noticed but, MOST bacon is no longer being packaged in a 1 pound package. Nope, it is 12 oz. Looks the same. You
won't notice until you pick it up and look at it. So, for example:
At my local (fave grocery) Oscar Mayer bacon is going for $3.99.
One of the other brands (not a national name) is going for $4.29.
On the surface it would appear that the OM bacon is the way to go but, hold on, the OM bacon is packaged in a 12 oz container and the "other brand" is
the old standby 16 oz.
What's $.30 right?!
Well, if you do the math (not my strong suit so not hard for the average Joe!
Each slice is about 1 oz so...
OM 12 oz package= around $.33/slice
The "other" guys in the 16 oz package= around $.26/slice.
The old man loves the spiral sliced ham that comes in the pretty, colorful, shiny foil, I mean salivates over it!
Right now, it is $1.65 a pound, bone in. The fresh ham is even cheaper. It weighs in at $1.19 a pound.
So, for around 16 bucks you can get a 10 lb fancy ham with a glaze packet included...lol.
For about $12 you can get one and cook it yourself.
Buy one to make for Christmas dinner and one to slice and freeze. Yes, slice it and freeze it. If you buy the fresh ham, cook it first, saves time
A 2 pound package of sliced ham for lunch meat regularly goes for about $5.99 her locally. There's about 24 slices per package. That's about
Truly it is flavorless (IMO), skimpy, and generally yuck...so take advantage this time of the year and use the sales to YOUR advantage.
You can also invent other dishes to make from your "score" on the sliced ham.
Last week our store had 5 pound bags of russet potatoes for $.99.
Each bag has about 11 or 12 taters in it. Back to the math...that's about $.11/spud.
The eggs, if you have good buddies could be free or cheap...
Let's us MY math at $.24/egg
Chop up some of the ham, maybe one slice per person...$.55/slice
Okay so, per person, dice up your taters and you could bake them in the oven or boil, whatever your preference.
Scramble one egg in a pan per person and add the already cooked and chopped (cause you are ahead of the game)ham.
When the egg is done, add the taters.
Cheese? Sure, you can afford cheese as this meal has worked out to around $.90/serving...
If you AREN'T using the pretty, colorful, in foil spiral ham then you come out even cheaper! I know! It's hard to believe!
Want some greens? I have actually had this recipe over a bed of fresh spinach and it was yummy...
I suppose you could reinvent it many ways. You could just dice the tater, cook it, add the ham, put that over the bed of spinach and then fry an egg
for on top. If you like the "runny yolk" thing
I hope you like the idea and I will have some more later...
I'm not much of a "couponer" as I always forget them, same with my list.
One trick is to browse the store first, before you even put anything in your buggy. Do a cursory search for items on sale, what looks good that week,
what haven't you had in awhile?
You can build quite a week surplus if you just shop smart. And, walking around in the store for 2 hours IS exercise. Isn't it?
edit on 20-12-2015 by TNMockingbird because: damn math!