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Thursday, March 31st, 2011
12:15 am
Canned Soup
These are modified versions of your regular condensed soup. I used Campbell because it's the cheapest. Condensed soup IS NOT the best thing to eat, however, if you're strapped for both time and money these will tide you over until you can get more of either one.

Better Tomato Soup

1 container of lemon flavored yogurt
1 can of Del Monte Flavored Diced Tomatoes (my favorites are Basil & Garlic or Zesty Chilie)
1 can of Tomato Soup (Campbell)

In one pot. place the soup and yogurt on low. While it heats, blend the yogurt and soup together. Now, the directions on the can says to add a whole can of water into the pot, because of the tomatoes, I only put in half. Now add the diced tomatoes into the soup until hot. Serve immediately. I eat this with a grilled cheese sandwich. 

This can serve 2-4 depending on how hungry everyone is.

Real Potato Soup

1 can of Cream of Potato soup
1- half a can of corn
1- half a can of diced potatoes

Heat the soup according to the directions of the label. (I use 1 whole can of skim milk to keep it some what creamy. Opt for either water or milk to your own preference.) Add both half can of corn and potatoes. Serve hot. I've never eaten this with a sandwich, but my recommend a BLT, vegetarian or otherwise. 

Now, what you have left here is two halves of two cans of veggies. This is what I do with it.


1 can of chili (I get the Vegetarian with beans)
1- half a can of corn
1- half a can of diced potatoes

Dump everything a pot and heat up! Best with your favorite crackers or Frito Scoops.


Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, February 20th, 2010
5:42 pm
Dinner ideas
Lay 'em on me!

I'm fresh out of ideas, been kind of heavy on the protein as I am pregnant, I have a picky toddler but some times he surprises me at what he'll eat. Hidden vegetables are the best type of vegetables with him.

Love versatile recipes, recipes with leftovers or lots to freeze, pantry staples, let's see what you got.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
12:16 pm
Vegetarian Question... (cross posted)
Tonight, we are having a pot-luck, and the theme is Vegetarian...

Since I still have to straighten the house, when I get home, I won't have much time. Does anyone have any suggestions as to something quick to make that will make even the meat eaters happy?

Also, I have a friend who is coming, and she has no stove... A griddle and a microwave, but no stove or oven. She is also unemployed. Any suggestions as to what she could make, and bring?


Current Mood: hungry
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
5:05 pm
Poor man's fresh food budget
Even though I'm lucky enough to be employed, I'm trying to save money, and I remembered the food budget/plan I used to use when I was unemployed. Maybe someone in this community will find it useful, and it can be adapted for the foods you like. It involves buying some staples in bulk and then some weekly standard things that can be used multiple ways. I'm a really picky eater, and not everything on this list is The Cheapest Thing You Can Buy, but it was a way to get buy on <$30.00/week and still be nourished and not feel deprived. In other words, I'm sure lots of people can eat cheaper, but this menu made me happy and was easy to follow. Read more...Collapse )
Sunday, February 15th, 2009
2:59 pm
The Wind-up
The plan was, as previously posted, was to come close to eating for a $1 a day.

This month, was just to start eating at home, which was hard in and of itself. The purpose for this exercise was to see with only one limit, eating at home, what would I buy. The answer: convenience. I look at my lifestyle and most essentials are treated with convenience. It has been done fast and cheap and to not be temporary. For instance clothing, a lot of my clothes are from my college years- 4 yrs. ago! I only buy to replace items from my wardrobe.

Back to the food thing. Yes, what I eat must be convenient to eat. To take very little time to shop, prep and cook. I believe, writing this now, this is my second limit. It is just as hard as the first one. I found myself, wondering out of the apartment for fast food simply because I could not take cooking another meal. I've bailed out for seven meals since I started this. I allowed myself to wonder off because this is a lifestyle change and I expect to not hit the mark every once in awhile. I do admit that seven is rather excessive. Somewhere, I have to reconfigure where in the week I get too tired or too busy to cook. Why is it that I want to eat out more so when I started this?

The convenient factor can be cured with some make ahead strategies. I have to be careful though, if I pick a make-ahead technique that takes too long or costs too much, I won't be able to do it.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to be more convenient with out too much cost?

Current Mood: awake
Sunday, December 14th, 2008
11:07 am
Saw this on Yahoo thought it might be very interesting.
Hello, everyone

My name is Jamie, and I've been posting in here a couple of times before but I'll go ahead and introduce myself again since it's been awhile.

I'm a full-time employee of OmniHotels in the San Antonio, Tx. area. I have 2 cats and one roommate, a two-bedroom apartment, and I share a car with my long-time friend Allen Keckonen (the roommate.) We are always broke, and any good ideas that have any costs to them are usually squashed by the reality of being broke- this has been because we both went to school and a now owing somebody for something. Usually in large sums. I've been tring to figure out what to do about how much to reduce my spending and waste. I did find something very valuable.

I came across this Californian couple who have been blogging a food project that is a reality to a many people outside of the United States and is rarely heard of here; eating on a budget of $1 dollar a day!

I think this is worth a look. I'm thinking of doing this myself along with my roommate, simply because my roommate and I are poor post graduates who are having trouble making ends meet.


Now mind you, they from the get-go, are vegans and these are vegans living off a $1 a day. Not that people who eat meat, eggs, or milk couldn't do this type of project, but it would be harder to get the same results.

I want to try this out myself, but with less restrictions. I personally believe I am spending and wasting too much food.

I'll keep this community posted on this project since this is about eating cheaply.

Keep in touch.


Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
3:30 pm
Combining Staples to Eat Well
A friend and I were talking at dinner last night about how we were at our most healthy and creative when we were poorest. I'm not a rice & beans lover, unfortnately, but here are some fresh ingredients and staples I bought and combined in many ways during my student days.

A whole chicken - roast it on Sunday for dinner, turn the leftovers into sandwiches, quesadillas, and soup.
Rice - side dish, soup ingredient. Or buy bulk chicken legs or thighs, usually on sale.
Carrots - side dish, soup ingredient.
Broccoli - side dish.
Macaroni - side dish, soup ingredient, mac & cheese
Bulk cheddar cheese - mac & cheese, quesadillas
Oatmeal - breakfast
Milk - oatmeal, tea, mac & cheese
Eggs - breakfast, crustless quiche, omelettes, breakfast burritos
Tortillas - quesadillas, breakfast burritos
Salsa - a healthy condiment, a little goes a long way
Beans - black bean soup, rice and beans
Sweet potato - one baked in the oven could be a main dish, spiced with a little salt, pepper, butter, and cumin, or it combined with black beans, tomatoes, and chili peppers to make a delicious chili.
Oranges - in winter, on sale, vitamin C source with breakfast!

This was my shopping list for a 6 month period of my life. I'd get butter when it was on sale, I had salt and pepper and some spices and olive oil on hand, and I could combine and recombine ingredients in many ways. This comfort food got me through a very hard winter.

Dinners: Roast chicken, rice, and carrots or Mac & Cheese with broccoli, or roasted sweet potatoes with broccoli, or black beans & rice, or chili, or chicken quesadillas made with leftovers
Lunches: Chicken soup, leftover chili - lots of leftovers. Quiche.
Breakfasts: Eggs or oatmeal with milk, an orange on the side

What are your staples for inexpensive but delicious eating?
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
10:39 am
My "Mental Cookbook" is broken....
I'm trying to think, and I can't think of anything...
Every week, we have a potluck of sorts...
Usually, we have a theme, and I co-ordinate it all... (who brings what dishes, etc...)
This week, I ran out of ideas.
Last night, it was suggested that we do a straight potluck... (I.E. everyone bring a dish, and what we get is what we get...)
But I can't think of what to make.... *sigh*
One lady is bringing peach cobbler, and one lady is bringing red beans and rice....
It has to be something I can go to the store and buy ingredients, get home, and prepare in less than two hours....


Oh! And does anyone have any ideas for more themes?
We've done
  • New York Street food
  • Italian Food
  • Picnic food
  • Pizza night
  • Double Stuffed Potatoes night
  • Favorite Soup Night
  • Spanish Tapas
  • Comfort food
  • Appetizers
  • Chili cook-off
The list goes on...

Current Mood: blank
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
1:28 pm
A little assistance, here...
This week's theme for our weekly pot luck is appetizers, or finger-food....
I need a quick, and CHEAP recipe or idea.... My brain doesn't seem to be working, today...
Anyone have any ideas?


Current Mood: hungry
Sunday, May 18th, 2008
5:54 pm
Great website for healthy recipes

If anyone likes to discover new sites that have healthy recipes and exercise tips, then feel free to check out Prevention Magazine's site... it's updated everyday with lots of different recipes and exercise tips:


They also have the recipes in slideshow format too: http://buzz.prevention.com/show 

Thursday, May 15th, 2008
2:58 pm
Looking for suggestions...
Each week, my friends and I do a pot luck dinner... Usually, we try to theme it.
This week, the theme is NY Foods... (Vendor foods, etc)  Anyone have any suggestions?
We're already thinking of  NY Cheesecake, soft pretzels and hot dogs... What else should we have?
Monday, January 7th, 2008
10:20 am
Planning around specials
I don't know how many of you have Winn Dixie stores nearby, but ours has been having GREAT meat specials! Generally, the most expensive part of our grocery bill is meat, even when we mostly just eat chicken, so this is great for us!
I've started planning all of my meals by looking at the sale flyers online - meats, marinades, sides, everything comes from there.

In my last trip, they had a specials on pork- all buy one get one free. I picked up two small pork roasts, two packages of country style ribs, two packages of boneless loin chops, two packages of thin-cut rib chops, and two packages of thick-cut rib chops.

They also had shrimp on buy one get one free sale (wow, I just realized, this sale is really bad for observant Jewish folks...)

~garlic roast pork, parslied new potatoes and steamed broccoli with garlic
~Country-style ribs on the grill with pasta salad and broccoli salad
~Country style ribs slow-cooked with bbq sauce, roast new potatoes and green beans
~Boneless loin chops marinated in soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, ginger and rice vinegar, served with asian slaw and new potatoes au gratin
~Boneless loin chops breaded with seasoned panko and baked, served with mashed sweet potatoes and buttered wax beans
~pan-seared thin rib chops with a white wine pan gravy, parslied new potatoes and caesar salad
~coconut curried pork (thin rib chops) served over basmati rice with snow peas
~Thick cut chops stuffed with apple herb stuffing, breaded and baked, served with baked sweet potatoes and asparagus with parmesan
~Thick cut chops stuffed with red onion relish and grilled, served with pasta salad and asian-style slaw
~sweet and sour shrimp kebobs with tomatoes, green pepper and onions over yellow rice
~shrimp caesar salad
~shrimp cocktails, parmesan potatoes and parmesan steamed broccoli
~shrimp bisque with Italian bread and salad </bubba>

As you can probably tell, they had sweet potatoes, broccoli and new potatoes on sale as well. Grand total for 2 weeks worth of food (for a family of 4): $67.

This week is beef week, so I'll have to go see what I can find cheap. :)
Sunday, January 6th, 2008
7:17 pm
What the World Eats
Sorry if this is old.

An interesting view of what families around the world eat. And how much they spend.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
7:29 pm
my parter, a friend & i are embarking on a roadtrip around australia and we are trying to think of what foods we can bring along with us for the trip; you know, for those long in-between-town parts. we are all vegetarians/pescetarians, and are on a very very tight budget. obviously canned food would be cheap + awesome, but i was hoping for some more creative and less obvious ideas. thanks!
ps. i'm new here, so.. hi!
Monday, September 24th, 2007
2:59 pm
Quick Breakfasts
I'm looking for some quick, cheap, wholesome breakfast ideas. Right now I eat all-bran with soymilk and a handful of raisins, or scrambled eggs (usually with onions and/or tomatoes). Every once in awhile I'll make biscuits or pancakes with bisquick but I've found when I do that I tend to slather them with some combination of butter, jelly, honey, and syrup and I don't like how unhealthy that is (though I do enjoy the deliciousness factor). Sometimes I make smoothies, but I always have to eat something solid along with it.
I've thought about bagels and cream cheese, but I'd like to include some vegetables and/or fruit with my breakfast, and I've heard that one full bagel is 4 servings of bread and I already eat a lot of bread products.

Any ideas you have would be awesome. For some reason my brain is stuck in the cereal and eggs loop.

Current Mood: hungry
Monday, September 17th, 2007
11:43 am
Looking for ideas
I was gifted with a nice Pecorino Romano (sheep's milk cheese) and a wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano...

Any suggestions for using them? I have celiac, so all my pasta is made of rice, but other than that, I'm open for suggestions.
Thursday, July 19th, 2007
6:47 pm
Using Eggs
My grandmother gives me eggs for free, which means that at any given time, I have 2 dozen + eggs in my freezer

I need to find more recipes to use them up. Cheeseless is preferred, as cheese is pretty expensive
the only dietary restrictions is my fiance is allergic to peanut butter

I would prefer things that I can freeze & put in my fiance's lunches, but anything is good. I'm not looking for any type of food in particular, just something that uses a lot of eggs (& please no egg casseroles that are done in the oven - my oven hates me & will leave the innards raw while burning the outside to a crisp, no matter what I do)

I already have egg salad & yorkshire pudding down pat. I'm interested in anything & everything else

thanks in advance

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
6:21 am
From the Hillbilly Housewife
I thought I'd share this with you guys:

Feed your family of 4 for $45 a week

Here's the discussion on lifehacker, where I found it if you're interested:

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
9:25 am
Cod Recipes?

On a whim, I bought a bag of frozen cod, last week.  I don't like much fish but I do know that I like fried cod.  However, I am trying to eat healthier and I have no idea how I should make it.  

I also don't have much experience with cooking fish.  So, I bring my dilemma to you guys.

Do any of you have any recipes which I could use cod in?  I'd prefer something that is not greasy/fried, but I am open to ideas.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
10:34 am
the subject was water.
I'm on the market for a water filter system that you can adjust to the kitchen sink. I was wondering which ones were better in comparison for the amount they cost. In order to cheapen my food bill more I wanted to get in the habit of drinking more water. However, where I rent the water isn't very good- in San Antonio there is a serious concentration of calcium due to the heavy deposits in the soil and some other reasons I am not made aware of. It's not UNhealthy to drink the water here, but often you start resenting it and your monetary status.

Any advice on this matter and clean water would most appreciated.

Current Mood: calm
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