Wednesday, January 15, 2014

One Week, 1 Ham and $35- Staples for Low Budget Meals

Our third day of eating ham was probably the kids favourite. Hubby was home from work yesterday, so he treated us to some Indian Fry Bread, which is a family recipe of his. Being Native American Mohawk, hubby knows how to make amazing fry bread. They are light and fluffy and not too greasy. We had our fry bread with ham, which I quickly fried in a non stick skillet. A big bowl of frozen mixed veggies was our side.

Frozen veggies are very low cost and a great way to get your veggies on the table, when trying to cut costs. Sure some would say that canned veggies are a better buy and less expensive, but with a bag of frozen veg, I can have a side for 3-4 meals. They're also great to throw into soups, stews and pasta dishes. The fry bread was made with items we already had in our pantry, which we make sure to always have. I thought it would be helpful to have a list of low cost pantry items. And here is a helpful hint- shop at the dollar store! They have tons of pantry staples for $1. I regularly buy my baking soda, sea salt, dried herbs and spices and some canned goods at the dollar store.


Baking supplies- flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and brown sugar, corn meal
Herbs and Spices- garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, basil, bay leaf, cinnamon and nutmeg
Dried pastas and rice
Dried beans and lentils
Canned goods- tuna fish, salmon, cream soups, tomato soup, canned tomatoes, canned beans (chick peas, black beans)
vegetable oil
Potatoes and onions
pasta sauce


seasonal fruit, when on sale
cheese, when on sale
dressings- ranch, ceasar, blue cheese

With my $35 this week, I purchased two 4-litre bags of milk ($11), 1 carton of eggs ($3.50), broccoli ($.99), a bag of apples ($1.99), 1 box granola bars for lunches ($.1.99), 1 large container vanilla yogurt ($1.99), 3 loaves whole wheat bread (3x $1.99), canola oil ($2.39), ketchup ($4.49)= $34.31 **please remember these are Canadian prices. Prices may vary from country to country, even province to province**

We were lucky that we had many pantry staples already in the house. We stock up on things like canned soups, dressings, tuna fish/salmon, canned tomatoes, canned beans, pasta sauce, sugar etc, when it goes on sale. This has helped us a lot this week.


Anonymous said...

where are you buying a bag of apples for 1.99? thats just crazy talk

Cindy Jamieson said...

Yes a 5lb bag of apples was on sale for $1.99