As Promised I am going tonight to share with you some of my favorite meals and examples of just how affordable they can be!

First, my kids' favorite and just about child's favorite, Spaghetti!

I opted to try and make my own Spaghetti sauce vs. purchasing a jar of pre-made sauce, the ingredients and recipe can be found here: Today/Tonight’s Adventures – Spaghetti Sauce!

I can make this meal for less than $10!!! Noodles included! WHAT?!?!? Yes, and there's always leftover sauce that can be frozen for the next time I choose to make it - which means it goes so much further than just one meal!

Our second choice favorite is Chili - I talked about this last time - it's a wintertime favorite in our house, and its very simple to make - again makes use of the crock pot and is just Yummy!!!


Tomato Sauce, Large Can, $0.98

Tomato Paste, 1 Small Can, $0.36

Diced Tomatoes, 1 Can, $0.98

Pinto Beans, Reduced Sodium, 1 Can, $0.58

Kidney Beans, Reduced Sodium, 1 Can, $0.87

Black Beans, Reduced Sodium 1 Can, $0.58

Chili Seasoning, 1 Packet, $0.98

White Ground Turkey, 1/2 lb $5.00 for 1 lb, freeze half for use in Spaghetti Sauce!

Shredded Cheddar Cheese, $2.50

Sour Cream, 1 Small Container, $1.48

Total Cost of Making this Meal: $14.31, less than $15.00 and makes enough for two nights of meals!

Steps are simple, in a sauce pan cook the ground turkey until white, while cooking add 1/2 of the chili seasoning packet - once all of the meat is cooked through add 1 can of tomatoes and 1/2 of the can of tomato sauce, stir, cover and simmer for 10-mins.

In your crock-pot add the other 1/2 of the tomatoes and tomato sauce, the tomato paste and beans (drain the beans), stir together - add the cooked sauce mixture, cover and cook on low for 6-hours.

Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream.

Total Yumminess!

So for less than $30 you have roughly 4-meals for a family of 4!

I added up our receipt for this week's meals and with a lot of baking to be done this week I spent, $33.50  of our food stamps on dinner groceries for the week! Excited about that!!!

Up Next, Budgeting your Food Stamps and breaking down the meals by dollars!

Published by Lara Girdler