Think outside the box or maybe inside the box when you make dinner tonight. I watch so many families eat things like hamburger helper for dinner and it is a good idea for when you are in a hurry and so many of us are now days. However it can get expensive especially if your family eats like mine and a serving is never enough. Tonight think about what some of your families favorites are and make it a little different and save a dollar or two.
One of my families favorites is the cheeseburger macaroni so now days I cook up the hamburger or ground turkey and add it to the cheap mac n’ cheese and my family like it just as much. Instead of $1.49 per box of hamburger helper I spend $.33 for the cheap stuff. Sometimes we add green beans to it too and they like that too other times we add the veggie on the side but there is always veggies with it.
Most of my family don’t mind ramin noodles on occasion however when money is tight it gets to be to often and there are a couple who really just don’t like them so I have devised how I make them and now everyone likes them and even ask for them these days.
Ramin noodles can be salty and not real healthy made as instructed on the back. So now we cook up 1 serving of chicken per person I use a boneless chicken breast. Cut it in bite size pieces and fry it in a little olive oil and lemon juice with some italian seasoning and garlic powder. While it is cooking make 1/2 package of ramen noodles per person. When you add the noodles to the water add some of your families favorite frozen veggies we usually use corn, green beans and peas. When the noodles are cooked drain and add a little butter, half the prepackaged seasonings and the chicken stir well and serve.
Once a week we do what we call fend for yourself dinners. It is the night we clean out the fridge from all the leftovers everyone gets something different and the fridge gets cleaned with out all the waste. It makes it so that everyone can pick one thing we had during the week that they really liked and they get to have it again without making everyone have it again. Left overs also make great lunches. When you have a way to warm them up at work instead of going to McDonald’s for lunch you save a couple dollars and it is so much better for you, it does take a while to get use to bringing it so pack it up at night when you are cleaning the kitchen. Whn you go for that cup of coffee in the morning get your lunch out and put it with your car keys and you are more likely to remember it.


About salembargains

mother of 8 who needed to learn to be cheap.

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