I get eggs at Kroger for 85 cents a dozen, even less if they’re on sale. I get milk for $1.49/gallon. I have almost no appetite (that’s a bad thing) but I could easily survive on less than $5/day for food.
$5/day for food has long been my limit. It’s not hard to cook from scratch and don’t eat out.
Everyone is so into those delivery meals that you still have to make yourself so I searched around and stumbled on a ground beef with marinated carrots and zucchini and lime crema taco meal at Hello Fresh last month. Thats 3 tacos per person. With shipping, their average per person meal plan is $8.75. Geez, might as well go out and have someone else cook it for you and no dishes to wash.
I followed the Hello Fresh online recipe using my food and my cost was $1.20 for 3 tacos + 2 extra homemade flour tortillas per plate (Hello Fresh didnt allow for extra tortillas or butter). I had some veggies left over so those went into a meatloaf the next night. For a savings of $7.55 per meal, Ill continue to go that extra step and do my own grocery shopping. Some on FR would holler no way. The numbers dont lie.
lb ground beef - $2.16 (80/20%)
2 C flour - .15
margarine - .15
1 zuke - .39
2 carrots - .19
1/4th of an onion - .05
1/2 C sour cream - .33
seasonings and misc. - .18
Last night, dinner was a $1 pound package of 5 chicken/blue cheese sausage links, roasted potatoes and a beet salad. My plate was 20 cents sausage, 15 cents potatoes and 18 cents for the salad which totaled 53 cents. Snort, much tastier than those msm mythical senior meals of canned cat food for the same price.
Breakfast this morning was 5 strawberries in cream so pennies. Lunch was 1 1/2 slices of leftover homemade pizza so 47 cents (the other 1/2 slice was greatly enjoyed by the very sick dog to encourage him to take his pills since he’s off his feed). A cookie sheet sized pizza costs about $2.50 made with homemade crust and bits of whatever leftovers used as toppings.
Tonight will be a 50 cent pound package of spicy beef sausage links (yes, happened upon great sales with those sausages so stocked the freezer) with leftover rice in some sort of a jambalaya and a salad so very cheap. The rice was leftover from a little piece of leftover $2.99/lb roast beef that was turned into a quick Chinese stir fry. Yeah, gotta get off the carbs.