Friday, December 30, 2011
Poor Man's Dinner
That's what the recipe was called. It looked better in the magazine, but it still tasted pretty good. It's a layered dish of ground beef, potatoes, and onions topped with mushroom soup. I found it in one of my Taste of Home cookbooks.
Living from paycheck to paycheck is not fun. It sucks to check your balance and discover you have $20 to last until you get paid again in 4 days. My New Year's resolution is to save up several month's rent (at least) in readily available cash so I don't have to stress over that particular situation any more. I'm not going to buy any more furniture or take any more non-camping trips until I've succeeded. I'm also going to be eating at home.
I'm not talented enough to come up with my own recipes, but I can take a look in the pantry and then dig through my books to find something utilizing ingredients I already have. The trick is to hunt for menu ideas while you're hungry and everything looks good, but go shopping when you're not hungry and nothing does. It's much easier to stick to a list when it's not dinnertime.
I'm off to a decent start. I already had pepper, garlic powder, and onions. I bought ground beef ($2.98), potatoes ($3.72), 2 cans cream of mushroom soup (56 cents each), milk (98 cents), and parsley (50 cents). I forgot to use the parsley. Ooops. It came to $1.55 per serving. Yes, I can eat all six servings because I freeze the leftovers for later. They are tastier, healthier, and far less expensive than the frozen dinners you buy at the grocery store.
What do you cut back on when you're tightening your budget? Got any ideas for me?