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$5 Dinner challenge!!

Posted by on Oct. 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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Can YOU make dinner for 4 people (2 adults, 2 kids) for under $5??  SHARE your ideas & recipes, with a total cost if you can!

by on Oct. 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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by on Oct. 25, 2010 at 12:12 PM

I do most at Aldi's and other discount grocery stores it's pretty easy.  Even beter if you grow your own.

But I typicaly buy 2lbs. of ground beef for about $5 there, and it's enough for two meals: $2.50

Then you can easily make tacos, a meatloaf, a casserole (homemade hamburger helper kinda meal), sloppy joes, etc with about another $2 in supplies.  A box of mac n cheese is 35 cents, or a box of scalloped potatoes or rice is 79 cents, taco shells are 79 cents, rolls are 79 cents.  A box of pasta 79 cents and $1 for sauce.

Typicaly I save a bit because I make as much as I can from scratch.  You could cook half a box of pasta, add a small can of tomato sauce (about 39 cents) and add some shredded cheese, toss in some homegrown veggies and you have a healthier hamburger helper style meal. 

A bag of stir fry vaggies with sauce is about $4 there at Aldi, it is enough for two dinners, then I add a chicken breast, shrimp, salmon or steak to it and we have a yummy stir fry for about $5, I don't cook rice with it but you can add some (I'm a diabetic so I go light on carbs)


by on Oct. 25, 2010 at 12:34 PM

I don't know! (LOL) ... I can make dinner for 8 for under $10, does that count??.
I will add some recipes soon.

by on Oct. 25, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Chicken & rice casserole, green beans

Chicken & rice:

2 1/2 lb. chicken thighs or drums @ 85¢/lb. = $2.13 (typical price around here, you CAN get them for less if you buy a 10 lb. bag for 69¢)

1 can cream of chicken soup 69¢ (Save A Lot)

1 can cream of celery soup 69¢ (Save A Lot)

1 cup rice 25¢ (3 lb. bag rice $1.49 at Save A Lot, 2 cups rice /lb.)

1/2 c. margarine 17¢ (1 lb. Imperial margarine 69¢ at Save A Lot)

1 bag frozen green beans ($1 on sale at various stores)

TOTAL $4.93

by on Oct. 25, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Hamburger goulash, carrot sticks, canned peaches

1 lb. ground turkey $1.49 at Save a Lot

1 can diced tomatoes 50¢ at Save a Lot

1 can tomato soup 49¢ at Save a Lot

1 bag egg noodles 99¢ at Save A Lot

1 onion diced 15¢ (based on 10 onions in one bag at Save A Lot)

1/2 lb. carrots, sliced into sticks, 38¢ based on 2 lb./$1.49 at Save A Lot

1 can peaches, $1 at Save A Lot.

Total $5.00 EXACTLY!  and you'll have leftover goulash

by on Oct. 25, 2010 at 12:51 PM

chicken alfredo, broccoli cauliflower mix

1 lb. chicken breast 99¢ based on buying bone in chicken breast at sale price of 99¢.lb.

1/2 lb. spaghetti, cooked 50¢ based on 99¢ for 1 lb. spaghetti at Save A Lot

4 oz. cream cheese 50¢ based on 99¢ for 8 oz. cream cheese at Save A Lot

3/4 c. Parmesan cheese $1.25 based on $2.49 for 8 oz. Parmesan at SAL

1/4 c. margarine 9¢ based on 69¢/lb. Imperial margarine at SAL

3/4 c. milk 12¢ based on $2.59/gallon milk at SAL

pennies for black pepper, garlic powder, bit of cooking oil, parsley

bag of frozen broccoli cauliflower $1 based on sale prices

Total $4.45 plus the pennies for the seasonings

by on Oct. 25, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Bruschetta chicken bake, green beans

Bruschetta chicken

1 1/2 lb. chicken breast meat $1.49 (based on 99¢ for bone in chicken breasts sale price)

1 box chicken stuffing mix 99¢ SAL price

1 can diced tomatoes 50¢ SAL price

1 cup shredded mozzarella 85¢ based on sale price $1.69/8 oz.

pennies for basil, water, garlic, Worcestershire sauce needed

1 bag frozen or 2 cans green beans, $1 based on sale price/SAL price

Total $4.83 plus pennies for the few extras.

by on Oct. 25, 2010 at 10:25 PM

yes, yes I can... I'll put up my $5 meals later, I'm about to head to bed right now... ;-)

by on Oct. 26, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Copycat Manwich, pea salad

1 lb. ground turkey $1.49 SAL

8 oz. tomato sauce 25¢ SAL

1 c. ketchup 33¢ based on 99¢ for 24 oz. ketchup at SAL

pennies for dry onion flakes, chili powder, yellow mustard, minced garlic

8 pack hamburger buns 89¢ SAL

1 bag frozen peas $1.00 on sale

1 c. Miracle whip 45¢ based on store brand for $1.79/32 oz. at SAL

1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 42¢ based on $2.49/12 oz. at SAL

pennies for some diced onion

Total $4.83 plus pennies for extras, and you may even have leftover sloppy joes!

by on Oct. 27, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Roasted Orange-Chipotle Chicken with Rice and lemony Asparagus

Whole 5 lb. Chicken $3 on sale at Food 4 Less  but I use about $2 worth(left over chicken will turn into a white pizza and carcass will be used for broth)

2 cups of white rice .25 (bought a 20 lb bag of rice for $6.95)

Frozen bag of Asparagus $ 1.00

Orange  .30

Lemon .49

Total Cost: $4.04 before tax

Pantry items :

Chipotle Bouillon cubes for a bottle $1.00 (3 cubes)

Onion Bouillon cubes for a bottle $1.00 (2 cubes)

Garlic Bouillon cube for a bottle $1.00 (1 cube)

Garlic salt &1.78 for a big bottle (a pinch)

Olive Oil spray $1.99


Preheat oven at 350, Clean and dry bird, grind bouillons and garlic salt, squeeze orange over chicken inside and out, then sprinkle seasoning inside and out, foil tent chicken in oven for one hour, after hour lightly spray bird with olive oil or squeeze last of orange over chicken and leave foil off until bird is golden.

White rice cook with garlic salt

Asparagus squeeze half of lemon on it while cooking. Remove after slight tenderness and squeeze rest of lemon, and zest lemon over asparagus.

White Chicken Pizza or BBQ  Chicken Pizza

Left over chicken $1

left over crumbled bacon .50

1 slice of red onion (cut into strips) .05

Ranch or BBQ sauce $ .50 (for half the bottle)

1 cup of Cheese .50

Homemade Pizza Dough (about $1 or less, I have everything in my pantry)

Bag of salad $1

Total Cost: $4.55 before tax

by on Oct. 27, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Tonights dinner

3/4 lb hamburger ($.99 a pound tubes i do it up and divide them out)

2 boxes of pasta $.48 after coupons barilla wheels

2 1/2 jars Ragu $1.50 total after coupons

1 pan rhodes garlic rolls $.50 after coupons

Apple juice or milk free from wic or the milk in fridge was free after coupons at ra
Total $3.22 
That was fun id idnt' realize how cheap this meal was and it will be four dinners cause i will freeze part of the left overs for kids night i have cereal

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