Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What Cheap Meals are Made Up Of

One thing I've noticed over the years of living frugally and even super frugal, is that the cheap meals are usually based on the following foods:

Rice
Beans
Potatoes
Tuna
Eggs
Vegetables
Oats
Flour
Cornmeal
Pasta

Planning meals around these ingredients will ensure to keep costs down. Sure, you could live off of ramen, boxed mac/cheese and other processed 'cheap' foods but I don't think they fill you up as well as the above foods and they sure aren't as nutritionally sound. I've gone through a lot of recipes the past few days and it seems that a lot of cheap meals I'm finding include processed foods, canned creams of this and that and ready-made mixes. My goal has always been to use pure foods and make them as cheap as possible. I prefer making homemade cream of chicken/mushroom, etc. for meals than using those nasty cans that are full of who knows what lol. I also want to know what is in my food and those ready-made mixes have things that sure don't sound like food to me.

With the above cheap foods in my arsenal, I'm searching for meals that utilize these to get the ultimate cost-saving meals. I've already gathered a few up and also want to thank those that have submitted your favorite frugal recipes already! My brain is hurting from all the storming going on up there lol......this will probably be the hardest I've tried and thought through a meal plan and I'm not even close to being done yet. There isn't anything new under the sun, but it sure is hard to find that old stuff that has been buried by convenience meals, but I endeavor to uncover it and share it with you all!

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7 comments:

Eileen K said...

Oh, I don't know about by you, but here tuna has gotten very expensive. Every type.

Alicia said...

I can't wait to see the list/recipes you compile. I couldn't agree more about using pure/whole foods rather than process adulterated "foods".

Hope you are getting lots of rest and recuperating. Blessings to you and your little family this Christmas.

P.S. Hoping to respond to your email this weekend. :)

Christian Homekeeper said...

Eileen, I'm talking about canned tuna, guess I should have clarified that. I rarely ever buy fresh tuna, I'm assuming that is the expensive tuna you are talking about?

Alicia - I didn't realize that you was that left the tips that I emailed. Can't wait to read more of your ideas! :)

Eileen K said...

Ah, no.. the only canned tuna that is inexpensive is the type we don't eat, so I suppose I was in error! ;o) It's also getting crazy for canned (red) salmon. But, I can see now that the type you are most probably referring to would be affordable.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Ok, yes I'm talking about the canned tuna in water that is about 55 cents a can. Thanks!

gotjoy3 said...

I have to be honest...I am struggling in this area of planning. I am excited to see anymore tips you share.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks gotjoy3 - I hope to get back to my planning soon but with Christmas coming I've put off the meal planning for a few days.

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