$5 Dinner Challenge is on!

If you have not checked out the $5 Dinner blog you owe it to yourself and your wallet to do it now.  Erin Chase has so many great ideas on how to feed a family of 4 for $5 a meal. Yes you read that right.  Feed a family of 4 for $5 a meal.   Well I don’t know about you but I’m spending way more than that.  She even cooks gluten free and casein free. You can also find in the news.  Click here to view her 3 segments on Fox News, they’re really great.  Such composure even after Pauly Shore the comedian joins in.

Right now she has challenged us to share our $5 meals on Mondays.  Well I have not actually cost out my Mexican Casserole but it has to be close.  Maybe she can figure it out for us.  I used leftover cooked turkey so I figure that was already counted on a previous meal.  The refried beans are $1.49 a can and the tortillas were $3.47 for a package of 12 but I only used 3.  The salsa was $4.49 for the whole jar but I only used half and the vegan cheese that I used 1 slice from was $3.99 for 8 slices.  I use the Galaxy Nutritional Brand which has a coupon for $1 off.  Yeah coupons!  Print it out so you can lower your grocery bill.

So what about you?  Can you make your dinners for $5?  Do you know how much you are spending on your meals?  These days it pays to know, literally.  Check out $5 Dinners and see what’s on the menu.

3 Responses to $5 Dinner Challenge is on!

  1. De in D.C. December 8, 2008 at 10:09 pm #

    I'm sure our dinner tonight counted. Lentils and rice, $3.75 for the bag of lentils, though I only used half. $9 or so for the big bag of rice, of which I used 4 cups (so maybe $1 worth). Half an onion, 1/3 head of garlic, 1/2 stick of butter, Qt. of boxed vegetable stock (usually use my own, but was out), can of tomatoes, 2 cups pumpkin puree from the garden, and a buttload of spices, but I buy whole in bulk and grind my own, so probably less than $.25 worth. I'm guesstimating the total to be around $5.75, but we are seriously getting 3 meals out of what I made plus leftovers for lunches. If I'd had any homemade veggie stock, that'd knock the price by about $1.75 since I make stock by saving and freezing veggie scraps (peelings, ends, etc).

  2. Diane Eblin December 9, 2008 at 4:16 am #

    De in D.C. That sounds like a great meal. I'll have to give that one a try. I hope you had fun calculating how much money you are saving by using all of your food and making it from scraps. Way to go!

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