Most people probably never take the time to break down the cost of each meal they prepare. I do it often. I just like to know…maybe justify to my husband a little when he sees the grocery receipts.
I was recently challenged to use the Kroger ad and only buying what was on sale try to spend $10.00 on a dinner for my family of 4. I really thought this would be a piece of cake but when you break it all down it seemed a little more daunting.
So, Kroger ad in hand, my youngest son and I set off on our quest. I never realized what a good lesson in budgeting your money this could be. My son was such a good helper and he scanned the shelves for the cheapest items as well as kept the running total so I was sure not to go over.
Here is what I bought and the breakdown in cost:
1 lime= .75
2 small mangoes=2.00 (I know..it’s a splurge)
1 bag of long grain brown rice= $1.00
1 can of black beans= .60
1 can of pineapple tidbits = $1.09
2.23 lb bag of freshly frozen Tilapia = $4.44
Total bill = $9.88
Total per serving (2 adults, 2 kids) = $2.47
Not too bad, really. I had hoped to get a red pepper but I just really refuse to spend over $2.00 for one this time of year and that’s what they were going for.
This is actually really good by itself