These cheap recipes are intended to get you through an extremely rough patch. If you need to use your grocery money to pay your electric, emergency car repair or for a dental service, this will get you through it. You'll serve your family three meals a day. Food variety is sacrificed but only as a necessity. This will get you through the month or as long as you need it to survive.
Beans N Biscuits
1 pound pinto beans, picked over and soaked over night
1 onion, finely chopped
Salt & pepper
If you keep a spice rack or any seasonings, add the spices that you like after the beans are fork tender. Otherwise, salt & pepper will do.
Drain soaking water from beans and rinse. Cover beans two inches with water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour. Add onion and simmer until fork tender, adding water as needed. Add desired spices, including salt and pepper. Simmer 20 minutes more. Remove from heat and serve.
2 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup shortening or margarine
2/3 cup water or milk
In medium mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix with wire whisk for 30 seconds. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles course crumbs. Add liquid and stir til dough form a ball.
Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Pat or roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with round cutter but do not twist. Biscuits will rise higher. Bake at 450° F for 10-12 minutes. Makes 12-16.
For a one dish meal, cut biscuits in half and pour beans on top. It's very filling with lots of protein. For younger children that may not be able to chew the bean skins, you can put a cup or two into the food processor and turn them into refried beans. Add juice from beans to achieve desired consistency.
You Need a Plan? - Use This One!
If you have a family of four and cook any of these items on this list from scratch, shop at the right places and buy the suggested ingredients, you will not spend more than $150.00 for food during the next 30 days. So to do the math, let's say you spend $125 per person for groceries every month. That's $500.00 per month. Let's deduct what you will spend with this menu. $150.00 subtracted from the $500.00 gives you immediate cash in the amount of $350.00 in just 1 month.
Save receipts to show yourself! When I saved my first $500, I spent the entire night trying to figure out what bills I hadn't paid. I blamed menopause and exhaustion but soon figured out that my math was right. Seriously, I was way too excited to sleep and you will be too!
Cash Saving Menu List
Pancakes with syrup Egg N Muffin Fried hotdogs and Eggs with biscuits Top Ramen Beans pasta with sauce and 1 loaf french bread Ham hocks and white beans with biscuits 2 boxes macaroni and cheese-add 4 hot dogs or 2 cans tuna Vegetable Beef soup-canned veggies,2 beef patties,brown gravy mix Oatmeal bean and rice burritos Scones and Tea-Hot or cold Biscuits and Pepper gravy Grilled cheese sandwich with canned fruit Egg salad sandwiches with canned fruit Shepard's pie Fish cakes with mac n cheese Royal Rice-spaghetti sauce, ground beef and Rice Pork n Beans with hot dogs Chocolate Nachos Spice cake-use a box Parlor Pudding Queen of Hearts Berry Sweet Tea