“Dinner for a dollar?!?” they exclaim, “It can’t be done!!”.
Let me tell ya, honey, it most certainly can! Tonight I made this delicious pasta dish for less than a dollar. It fed my five year old, two year old and me with leftovers…and we all ate seconds!
I am challenging myself to stretch our grocery money as far as possible, and cook from the pantry as much as I can to help with a money crunch while my husband is taking a career furthering class for several weeks and missing a lot of work to do so. I haven’t been shopping in about a week and a half, so I am doing pretty well with it thus far.
I found some pasta with no crazy ingredients, just semolina and durum flour, marked down for 25 cents each when I was shopping a couple of weeks ago, so I grabbed several packages. I used half a pack of those noodles for this dish, plus a can of Italian diced tomatoes (66 cents), a sprinkling of parmesan, a handful of mozzarella cheese and the last few slices of ham lunchmeat we had in the pack before we go grocery shopping tomorrow.
I mixed the cooked pasta with the tomatoes, let my oldest sprinkle on the cheese and the shredded lunchmeat and warmed it in the oven for about five minutes. TADA!!!! A super cheap and yummy supper created in less than 10 minutes! 🙂
While this cost me less than a dollar, with more average prices it might cost closer to two dollars. Even still, it’s a budget friendly and speedily prepared meal for the penny pinching parent who is crunched for time.
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October 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM
I try to keep to a dollar a person when I make meals, and one dollar for everyone is amazing! I’ll have to try this one out. 🙂
October 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM
It’s like a game sometimes. It’s honestly a lot easier to manage when my husband isn’t here, because he wants ALOT of meat in everything. LOL
October 23, 2014 at 7:13 AM
I LOVE easy ideas like this! I’m shopping my pantry and freezer more as we prepare for my husband to be off work with shoulder surgery and it’s a challenge but you can come up with easy and interesting dishes this way. My favorite is a baked sandwich “for when I’m feeling lazy.”. Thank you for the idea!
October 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM
I’ve went through phases like this several times. If you look at it like a game of savings, it’s easier to stick within a tight budget without feeling restricted. Baked sandwiches are good! 🙂
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October 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM
Absolutely! I love to save any chance I can.
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