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Old 08-22-2009, 09:31 AM   #1
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:33 AM   #2
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What I do is make a meal plan each week. I'll post this weeks for you. Then when I'm making my meal plan I make my grocery list I ONLY buy food for each week unless we suddenly have a lot of extra money or something.

I make easy stuff, crock pot meals and casseroles a lot. Things like homemade chicken strips and oven fries. The least amount of dishes the better IMO. As far as cookbooks I go to the library and check them out or go online to allrecipes.com or recipezaar.com!

Here's our mealplan for this week:
Sunday:
• Pancakes
• Eggs
• Bacon
• Mixed Fruit
Monday:
• Sloppy Joes
• Tater Tots
• Lima Beans
Tuesday:
• Quiche
Wednesday:
• Potato Soup
• French Bread
Thursday:
• Chicken Fingers
• Oven Roasted Potatoes
• Green Beans
Friday:
• Pizza Braid
Saturday:
• Chicken Quesadillas
• Refried Beans


ETA: I spend between 40 and 60 (sometimes 70 if i need laundry soap etc) a week on groceries
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Old 08-22-2009, 01:00 PM   #3
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i think finding some good cookbooks is the place to start-- from there you could find some recipes and stock up on the ingredients you'll need.

i'm a vegetarian...so these are all meat free but--

i love this one
and this one...
and i really have been enjoying this all around good one-- here

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Re: Help! I can't cook and need to.

Just curious, you are saying you spend too much on groceries...may I ask how much per week you spend? How big is your family? We are a family of 6 (soon to be 7 in a few months) and we spend between $100-150 per week at the grocery store. I've tried cutting it down numerous times, to no avail, it's just the amount that seems to feed our brood!
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In order to really help we'd need to know what the pp asked and what your eating now, drive thru?
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Do you have a warehouse store ie, costco, BJ's, Sam's....
We get chicken in the 10lb bag for roughly $9 plenty of chicken for 3 ppl. We also get other things there sometimes the HUGE log of ground beef. Those are good to have on hand in the freezer. They have bread there in double packs so that should help. Milk even sometimes is cheaper there. If you guys eat LOTS of eggs that's a good place to buy them.
Also, the laundry detergent can be bought in bulk there. Not sure though the selection at the warehouse stores near you. I can get ALL Free & Clear at our Sams Club.
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I agree, costco or sams. Costco has alot of really good frozen food. Even doing that instead of going out will be a good start!
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You can make 2 pans of lasagna and freeze one. It's not too hard to make a 2nd when you're already cooking I just use the foil tossable pans. You can also make things like chilli- make a double batch and put one in a big ziplock bag. Let it cool then freeze it flat.

For spaghetti and any tomato based sauce I buy it jarred, I would LOVE to make my own I just don't have the time or the patience. What I do though is puree spinach and steamed carrots with a little broth, add that to the sauce with a can of tomato sauce (the small can) and sometimes some diced tomatoes. Gets the extra goods into the family easily.

For chilli I just get a mix and follow the directions, though I usually do 1lbs meat 2 cans beans 2 cans tomatoes AND 1 can tomato sauce for one package of seasoning.
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