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What kind of meal ideas could you come up with if you had $80 with no coupons for 2 weeks? :]

Yes, i'm using you all to help me come up with ideas..cause i'm brain dead right (trying to come up with new cheap ideas instead of the mac n shells, grill cheese, etc -- this is for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner btw) now and wanna do some shopping tonight. If you have an awesome way to help me understand coupons so I could use 'em, AWESOME and will be forever grateful..but for now no coupons. -.-

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Asked by SparklingHope at 10:04 AM on Dec. 3, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • dozen eggs -about a dollar
    2 big packs of hamburger meat- about 12 dollars
    14 hamburger helpers -14 dollars lol

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:06 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Oh no!!!! Lot's of pasta! Hopefully someone else will be able to help you out more than me. Good luck to you!

    Answer by mompam at 10:07 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Biscuit Pizza
    -----Roll out biscuits top with sauce and cheese and any toppings you want. and bake....These are really very good

    Ranch baked potatoes
    ----Baked potatoe topped with ranch dressing and american cheese....Also a favorite!

    Samon patties
    -------one of the bags of sammon (comes kinda like tuna)1/2 sleeve crackers crushed 1 egg add milk to moisten and chives to taste. Then you fry on each side.....also one we like and we usually eat it with catsup.

    Hope these help!!


    Answer by Brandi300 at 10:13 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • frozen veggies are cheap and good for you
    buy generic
    potatoes are cheap and can be used for breakfast, or baked for lunch or dinner and they stretch far.

    Answer by ria7 at 10:13 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • i feed a family of 5 on about $100 every two weeks, and we buy extras... if you would like more info, send me a message. its too much to type out here, but i'll explain how, and give you some recipes if you would like. should also say, that i buy diapers, tp, and other personal care items with that money as well... so, the actual food is a lot less. more like $75... i have to go to the grocery as well, so i guess i should be making my list too! lol

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 10:23 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Breakfast: Pancakes or oatmeal or a box of cornflakes Need to buy 1 box pancake mix & 1 bottle pancake syrup OR one container oatmeal OR one box cornflakes & milk
    Lunches: leftovers from dinner the night before or sandwiches (tuna, PB & J), Ramen noodles or soup Need to buy 2 loaves bread, tuna, peanut butter & jelly, Ramen noodles or canned soup
    Tuna macaroni salad made with 1 box elbow mac, 1 can tuna, 1/2 bag frozen peas, miracle whip style salad dressing or ranch salad dressing
    Big can of baked beans with hot dogs cut up into it, cornbread from a Jiffy mix, carrot sticks
    Chicken & rice casserole: 1 can chicken, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 bag frozen peas or frozen broccoli, salt & pepper, 1/2 cup instant rice
    Chicken & stuffing casserole: 1 can chicken, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 bag frozen peas or mixed veggies, 1 box chicken stuffing

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 11:18 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Ramen casserole: 2 pkg. beef flavored Ramen noodles, 1 seasoning pkt from the noodles, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, bit of chopped onion, 1/2 lb. browned ground beef or turkey, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 c. milk
    Chicken & gravy over rice: 1 can chicken, 2 pkg. chicken gravy mix, instant rice
    Hot dogs & noodles skillet meal: 1 pkg hot dogs, 1 pkg wide egg noodles, 1 can tomato soup, small bit of diced onion

    Snacks: buy a bag of popcorn or make rice pudding with the instant rice.


    Answer by michiganmom116 at 11:19 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • That was for ONE week's worth of food, many ingredients would carry over into the next week as well.

    I KNOW that if I buy the majority of these ingredients (everything possible) at my local Dollar General (store brand), buy milk from the local convenience store or on sale (under $2.50 here), add a dozen eggs($1.25 at Dollar General), a couple of loaves of bread from the day old store, I can do all that with about $40 a week.

    More cheap menu ideas: Shepherd's pie, hamburger goulash, spaghetti, sloppy joes, roasted chicken (leftovers can be used in another meal), tacos, turkey ground turkey instead of ground beef, it's cheaper.

    I have plenty of recipes on my blog (link on my homepage) or PM me for anything particular.


    Answer by michiganmom116 at 11:23 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Send me a message offlist if you would like some recipes. Off the top of my head: lentil sloppy joes, sweet potato and black bean burritos, pasta and bean bake, chili and corn bread, beans and rice and quesdillas,

    Answer by rkoloms at 1:34 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Breakfast for supper at least twice - need a protein (eggs, not meat, to save money), a carb (pancakes, waffles, french toast, hash browns or american fries, biscuits & gravy), a fruit or two, and milk. Or a breakfast casserole (potatoes, eggs, sausage - still pretty cheap), and fruit & milk.

    Cooked meat (anything ground, leftover roast or chicken, almost anything works) combined with any veggie, mix in some cream of whatever soup, top with a biscuit batter (buy generic bisquik for pancakes/waffles, and use the biscuit recipe on the box for this, just add a lil extra milk). Bake til done. Serve with a fruit and all your groups are covered.

    Dried beans. Pasta. Buy the brand that's cheapest, including generics - they are just as good as brand name for a lot cheaper. Shop according to the grocery store ads. Don't buy boxed meals (like hamburger helper) - make them homemade (pasta, sauce, meat - done).

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:40 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

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