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post #21 of 128
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Just found large jar of generic pb in my cupboard.
post #22 of 128
Here we go:
Breakfasts: Oatmeal/Oat muffins. Milk. OJ or applesauce. Egg/rice casseroles.

Lunches: Leftovers or turkey or PBJ sandwiches w/turkey or bean soup

Dinners:

* goulash with homemade breadsticks (see HBHW website for that recipe)
* spaghetti with breadsticks
* turkey wild rice casserole (mix the rice with chopped turkey, a small amount of milk or sour cream, and chopped onions - top with a little cheese and bake until bubbly)
* chili
* bean & cheese burritos
* chili hot dogs
* baked potato night


Buy:
2-4# dried beans - black beans are best for this menu - get red and navy (white) also if you can afford it.
3# onions
5-10# potatoes
chili powder
2 doz eggs
bacon (the Cub in Fridley has Hormel on sale for $2.5 - I bet their brand is on sale, too, even cheaper)
cheese - use sparingly
Carrots and cabbage and celery
Cornmeal

Cook up some turkey with veggies (carrots, onion, celery, cabbage). Makes a good soup - saute the onions and celery for better flavor. Save some of the stock for bean soup.

Cook up all the black beans and one night make bean burritos. Another night, use part of the beans to make a bean soup (smash beans and thin with stock) to serve with lunch.

Use some of the beans to make chili. Serve with cornbread.

Save some of the chili to serve over baked potatoes. Top with cheese and bacon - anything you can find that will make them taste good and be filling.

Fried cabbage is excellent - simply slice it thin, and into small pieces (about 1/2 by 1 inch) and fry in oil or grease.
post #23 of 128
Oh, and start using the powdered milk now, mixed w/store milk. It will make it easier for the family to take.
post #24 of 128
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Not sure about state programs or WIC. Will check to see how quick we could get WIC. Part of the issue is our taxes are still being done : So I do not have tax recoords for last year.

Also, my checking account is -248.12
post #25 of 128
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Oh, and start using the powdered milk now, mixed w/store milk. It will make it easier for the family to take.
Great idea!

I don't know if I can get cheese. It is really expensive right now.
post #26 of 128
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Oh...we homeschool so everyone is here for every meal.
post #27 of 128
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Uhh yeah I just looked at it and it was obviously done before food prices went up these past couple years!! She does have some great recipes that can be made with very cheap ingredients though. Beans, potatoes, etc.
But I also ran her numbers and she came within 20% of my prices. I can replicate her menu for around $55. And if I can "cheat" and use what I have on hand, I'd only need to spend about $10 to get everything on her list. (I'm a stockpiler)
post #28 of 128
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Great idea!

I don't know if I can get cheese. It is really expensive right now.

Cub has 8oz of shredded mozz for $1.67 right now.
post #29 of 128
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Then I'd check out what things are on sale at your grocery store.
Do you have the weekly fliers from the newspaper? Check those if you get the paper, or search for the local grocery stores online. All of our local stores have websites that have the weekly flier online. Plan your shopping list from that. Our Aldi's has tuna for $0.49 per can, milk is about $2.50 a gallon, eggs are $1 a dozen, and produce is really cheap.

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Not sure about state programs or WIC. Will check to see how quick we could get WIC. Part of the issue is our taxes are still being done : So I do not have tax recoords for last year.

Also, my checking account is -248.12
As far as I can remember (it's been a while) WIC just needs to see proof of income, like a paycheck stub or unemployment check stub, and doesn't need tax records. Call them and ask. Tell them it's an emergency and that you only have $20 for groceries and they will most likely schedule you an appointment as soon as possible.

post #30 of 128
I'm sorry you're going through this. I posted for help here with frugal recipes and, of course, the lovely mommies here came through as they have for you...my link isn't working but if you do a search for frugal recipes, my thread will come up.
post #31 of 128
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Cub has 8oz of shredded mozz for $1.67 right now.
Oh.....good. I have all the supplies pretty much for homemade pizza (super filling and makes leftovers) except cheese.

I can do barbaque turkey pizza
post #32 of 128
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I'm sorry you're going through this. I posted for help here with frugal recipes and, of course, the lovely mommies here came through as they have for you...my link isn't working but if you do a search for frugal recipes, my thread will come up.
Thanks. I will do that.

thank you also to those who have pm'ed me :
post #33 of 128
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Oh.....good. I have all the supplies pretty much for homemade pizza (super filling and makes leftovers) except cheese.

I can do barbaque turkey pizza
Yeah, I was just about to suggest pizza - since you probably also have yeast on hand. It's a nice treat to have pizza when you are feeling "poor"
post #34 of 128
I just want to say that I have been there, pregnant with 4 children and a husband to care for and it is scary but I promise you that you will get through it. I wish we lived closer, I have a good stockpile just for such emergencies.
post #35 of 128
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I just want to say that I have been there, pregnant with 4 children and a husband to care for and it is scary but I promise you that you will get through it. I wish we lived closer, I have a good stockpile just for such emergencies.


Sadly....we normally do to.

This is such a bizzarre thing. Literally, I do not think our food has EVER been this short of supply.

I am running out of EVERYTHING....even dipes, laundry soap, TP, and toothpaste.

I normally have a less an extra of everything so that this doesn't happen.

But dh work has been horrible!

And mine....I do not make any money at the dance academy, the dance team JUST started paying me (and it averages to less then 2.00 hour for the time being put in), and Dom's bio dad is barely paying child support. Last deposit was 5.00 and some change

It just adds up so quickly.
post #36 of 128
wow, somewhere sells tuna for 49cents? Around here it's $1.27 for the small can.

eta: sorry, we cross posted. It'll be ok. Try to water down whatever you can. I never use as much laundry detergent as they say, even half or a 1/4 of what it says on teh box should work unless the stuff is *really* dirty. Do you have any cloth diapers on hand that if you really do run out of tp could also double as family cloth wipes.

You're getting great ideas here. Hope things look up for you soon!
post #37 of 128
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Originally Posted by neveryoumindthere View Post
wow, somewhere sells tuna for 49cents? Around here it's $1.27 for the small can.

eta: sorry, we cross posted. It'll be ok. Try to water down whatever you can. I never use as much laundry detergent as they say, even half or a 1/4 of what it says on teh box should work unless the stuff is *really* dirty. Do you have any cloth diapers on hand that if you really do run out of tp could also double as family cloth wipes.

You're getting great ideas here. Hope things look up for you soon!
We do have cloth dipes/wipes packed somewhere.

I had not unpacked them because I was using sposies due to my joint issues. (I have to lug the laundry a good ways)

I will see if I can find them tonight though.
post #38 of 128
The 9yo and 6yo might be able to help with the lugging, no?
post #39 of 128
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We do have cloth dipes/wipes packed somewhere.

I had not unpacked them because I was using sposies due to my joint issues. (I have to lug the laundry a good ways)

I will see if I can find them tonight though.
Can you have your hubby help with the laundry? I have health issues that make it difficult for me to haul our laundry up and down the stairs to the laundry - I can DO it, but it hurts, so most of the time my husband does the laundry or at least takes it down stairs for me.
post #40 of 128
I am bumping my old thread for you.
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