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I don’t know about you, but it always feels like the grocery bill goes up as soon as summer begins! Making a delicious meal seems like it will be so expensive! But you can do it! It just takes a little planning and creativity!
Thank goodness for grocery store sales, coupons and Aldi!
Although I really love Aldi, I have to say I have been very impressed with Kroger this last year. They have lowered their prices and continually have markdowns on produce, meats, and dairy products. You may not have a Kroger in your area, but chances are you may have a store that is in their network. And I am almost certain you have a Walmart where you live!
Another store that has really been surprising me is Target! They tend to have a good bit of meat that they clearance out during the week! Walmart has really good sales on their meats as well, and will often have markdowns on their bakery products. Now, I know you probably don’t have the time to be running all over town to five different stores! And I know if you have small children, you certainly don’t want to try to drag them to five different stores! What a nightmare!
Pick your favorite store!
So my suggestion to you is to pick your favorite store who consistently has good deals and impressive markdowns. For me, that has consistently been Kroger. Now, if I happen to be in Target or Walmart, I always check to see what the markdowns are, but I don’t make a special trip. Watch for special deals at your favorite store, and stock up on sale items. Just this last weekend, Kroger had a sale on GoGurts and Danimals for .99 a pack. My kids love these, so I got 5 each (the max allowed), froze most of them for later and these will last for most of the summer.
So what am I looking for when I go shopping?
When you go shopping for markdowns, you want to cruise the perimeter of the store. The bakery, meats, dairy, etc. Sometimes you might find a markdown in the freezer section, but this is not usual. Meats are probably one of the most expensive items that I have on my grocery list. So, if I can find these on sale, I grab them. You will need to make sure that you make the time to repackage them into freezer bags and freeze what you won’t be using in the next day or so.
I also look for marked down or cheap produce. At Kroger, they keep these behind the bananas. Sometimes, these are really too old for me, but I often find great deals on oranges, potatoes, and eggplant. You just never know, so its always worth a look. The other day, I found a bag of 5 yellow potatoes for .99, which I turned into smashed potatoes! (recipe to follow)
So, how did I create a delicious meal for 6 for under $10?
This is much easier to do than you think! Take your markdowns and combine them with other inexpensive items to make a full meal. For example: The .99 yellow potatoes, two packs of marked down ground turkey $5.50 for both and two cans of green beans .59 each. That brings the meal total to $7.67. And yes, this fed four hungry kids and two adults!
First, I made a family favorite Turkey Meatballs only this time, I used my 24 ct muffin tin and cooked them in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes on each side. Next, I made the Smashed Potatoes and finally I put two cans of green beans in a sauce pan, added a little bacon, salt, and 21 season salute and let them cook on medium for about 20 minutes.
- 5-6 Yellow or Red Potatoes
- 6 cups water
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/8 tsp Pepper
- 4 T. Butter
- 1/8 - 1/4 tsp Garlic Salt start with the lower amount, and add more if needed
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup Milk or Almond Milk
- Wash and cut potatoes into fourths.
- Bring potatoes to a boil in a large pan filled with water.
- Allow potatoes to boil for 15 minutes or until completely soft. (a fork should break them)
- Drain the water.
- Pour 1/4 cup milk in with the potatoes.
- Add butter and all spices.
- Smash the potatoes with a potato masher
- Add more milk if need and stir.
- Now they are ready to serve!
Its that easy! If you are looking for other inexpensive and potentially under $10 meal ideas here are a few of my other recipes! Instant Pot Baked Spaghetti,Easy Homemade Beef Stroganoff or Chili! See the full list on my Recipe Index!