Advice for Stretching Your Grocery Budget

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March 28, 2018

An omelet on a plate with salsa on top.I love omelets, but never made a good one until yesterday. Every time tried to make one, I ended up with scrambled eggs. I belong to a cooking group, and they were talking about the best omelet pans. Apparently the pan is necessary, and I decided I wanted one, but thought the $99 recommended one was too expensive. So, yesterday I was at an estate sale, and I saw an omelet pan, so I bought it.


For the first time in my life, I succeeded in making an omelet. The pictures show asparagus and cheese and a Spanish one with peppers and salsa. I also have a picture of the pan.

Eggs are an inexpensive way to get protein. The omelet will let you be creative and use up all your leftovers. They are quick and easy to make.

You mix up the eggs and add them to a warm pan with melted butter or oil. After a minute or two, add any raw fillings to one half to let them cook. If the fillings are already cooked, wait until the next step.

When the edges look cooked, add any cooked fillings to one side. Lift the other edge with a spatula and fold it over so it looks like a semicircle.

Let it cook about a minute more, and slide it onto a plate.

I paid $2 for my omelet pan. I used to always order omelets when I went to a diner, since I was convinced I could not make them at home. With coffee, the bill came to $10. No more!

An omelet pan on a stove.
An omelet on a white plate.
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May 4, 2010

Where can I find help on food for the month, on a $350.00 budget? It's for my fiance and myself.

By Duane Leith from Pine City, MN


May 4, 20100 found this helpful
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That is 87.50 a week for 2. Not a bad budget if you follow the grocery store sales (I prefer grocery stores over Walmart), cut out the soft drinks, prepackaged food and use coupons (might can get some prepackaged snacks w/coupons). I follow a thrifty group if interested let me know-they post online where the deals are like what CVS is offering for the week and how you can combine certain coupons to get cheap or almost free and where these coupons are. This is great for shampoo, detergent, can goods and such. They also post freebies and combined items. Some ideas are cook dried beans from scratch and bag them in sandwich bags or snack bags then add these every chance you get to your meals like for instance chilli can really be stretched with cheap beans.


Add chilli seasoning, paprika & garlic powder to a sandwich baggie full and mash around-makes a wonderful sandwich spread or a dip. Eggs-1 dozen can can several meal ideas. What ever you have left over from dinner - do not throw away-even a tablespoon can be saved! combine with a little cheese & wrap in a flour tortillia shell-freeze this and you will save enough for a meal real soon. Popcorn for a snack-the old fashion kernals are cheap! cut a roll of bounty in half (use a coupon to buy), add 4 T of baby oil, 2 T of shampoo, 4 c water into a sealed container like a tupperware bowl - put the bounty in there and let the water absorb, when absorbed pull out the cardboard in the middle-these are very cheap wipes. These can help use less toilet tissue.

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I won't recommend where you shop but I will make a recommendation on how.

By large amounts of things that you can make multiple meals with. Larger amounts of something are usually cheaper than small amounts (not always).


For example: I am going to buy a family pack of chicken breasts and cook most of them in a slow cooker. This meat I can fry and season with fajita seasoning for fajitas, mix with salad dressing for chicken salad, add to rice with some sauce and pineapple bits for sweet and sour chicken. I am going to keep one breast and grill it for barbecue chicken.

Be creative, make lists of foods you like and see if you can't buy and cook for several dishes.

And read some of the archived articles here on ThriftyFun, they are really good references.

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I feed a family of 4 on 50$ a week and sometime's it's less. I buy what's on sale and buy stock up's when I can combine a coupon w/ a sale or it's just a great price(ketchup,mayo cereal ect.)and also buy store brand's on sale.This way I don't pay full price for anything.I buy whatever fresh vegtables or fruit is in season and in winter buy frozen which is as good as fresh.

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May 4, 2010

How can you stretch your food budget, if you have only 35 dollars a week for the food budget? This has to also include laundry soap, dish soap, and toilet paper.

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February 5, 2010

Groceries are so expensive. I have 3 kids one with a milk allergy so, we buy 2 different types of milk, and basically I make 2 meals if anything has milk in it. My kids are ages 7, 5, and 1. Any tips on easy meals that can be made into leftovers?

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