Are you searching the grocery ads in search of affordable menu items for your family?
It’s still winter; we still need to eat three times a day. Although it’s the first part of the month, you are probably hoping to s t r e t c h your food budget dollars as far as March 1 without subsisting on beans and rice; rice and beans exclusively.
One of the best places to look for tantalizing menu items is the newspaper. Wednesday’s papers are full of recipes, photos and food columns, designed to whet our appetites. Grocery circulars inside those papers tout the ads and special prices.
Here are some shining examples from today’s newspaper:
“Beef Top Round * Boneless Beef Top Round * Boneless Beef London Broil are ALL ‘only’ $3.49 per pound” I YI YI Ground lamb is $5.99 and Ground Chuck is $3.49! Holy Moley!
These price tags makes me think EGGS, of which we happen to have a good supply in our fridge, thank God and our sister in law!
So my thoughts also turn to fish. Lent is coming and fish is generally a good sale item then. Tilapia and Swai filets are $3.79 per pound; Salmon is $4.29 for FOUR OUNCES and Mahi Mahi is $7.49 a pound! EEEK
Now I’m thinking beans and rice; rice and beans again. My GOODNESS, food budgets are a challenge!
Vegetables are so important…I see there is a tiny mention of cucumbers: 4 for $3.00 and Napa Cabbage or Bok Choy for $.99 per pound. I’m feeling slightly more hopeful. Carrots are $1.19 and ginger root is $1.19. I guess we could build a Chinese meal around these items. The ad mentions that if I buy a 7 oz sack of salad greens I get a second one free. Hm…It’s iceberg lettuce… That’s about it for veg in this particular circular. Surely they have more vegetables available in the store than what’s in the ad.
This circular is full of info about the bargain prices on pre-made and deli foods, wines, pre-cut appetizer platters and bouquets of flowers. They have a few dairy items but what is advertised is not anything humans ought to consume. Things like processed cheese – not healthy and even it is way over priced. None of these dairy items is budget minded and probably not the healthiest choices we could make.
It looks as if we are back to beans and rice. Or rice and beans, whichever you prefer.
Tomorrow Mother Connie will have something tasty, healthy and much more budget minded for you to consider. That is, if inspiration strikes like lightning!
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