Sunday, October 14, 2012

Extreme Couponer Tip...Living off of Your Stockpile

Have you watched Extreme Couponing, and thought, "What do those people do with all that stuff?"  Well, my stockpile is nowhere near the size of some of those featured on the show, but I definitely have enough to live off of for a little while.  I took inventory this weekend, to see what we could use up in the next few weeks without spending too much on groceries.  I usually spend about $50 a week on food, plus one night of ordering takeout (usually pizza or Chinese for about $25), so all in all about $300 per month for a family of 4. 

This week's grocery sales were not very enticing, so I sat down to make a meal plan to utilize what we already have.  I stuck only to items we have in our stockpile, or in our refrigerator that were open and needed to be used.  Here is what I came up with:

Sunday: Pasta with meat sauce. 

Utilized a jar of Bertolli sauce (50 cents), a package of Stonyfield Farms Ground Turkey ($2.90), and a box of pasta (free).  Made meatballs with the Italian seasoned Turkey, they were delicious!
Ended up with enough extra pasta for lunch, and some sauce for Monday's meal. 

Monday: Calzones
Will use the leftover sauce from Sunday.  Also, 1 of the B1G2 free pizza dough packages from Price Chopper (99 cents each), Johnsonville Sausage ($1.99), some grated mozzarella from a block of cheese we used last week, and 1/2 of a green pepper from Saturday's meal.

Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie
Will use a Pillsbury Pie Crust ($2.25 a few weeks ago), 1/4 of a bulk-chicken package we haven't used yet (~$8 for the pack, so $2 for the meal), a tiny bit of flour, and a mini-can each of corn, carrots, and beans. (25 cents each at Hannaford during their Hannaford brand promo).

Wednesday: Tacos
Will open a Old El Paso Shell meal, a taco sesoning packet, and a can of refried beans.  (About $2 for all 3 a few weeks back with coupons).  I will use another package of (unseasoned) ground turkey for the taco meat.

Thursday: Hot Dogs, Fries, and Baked Beans
Will use a package of Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs ($1 during the Kraft promo), Hot Dog Buns ($1.50 at Hannaford), Fries ($2.50 last week at Price Chopper), and a can of baked beans ($1). 

Friday: Pizza and Wings!  (This is not in our stockpile, we will pay out of pocket for these!)

This plan will utilize the things already in our house, so I don't have to shop this week!  If I had to do a meal on Friday, I could make chili with the numerous cans of beans that we have.  If hubby works late one of these evenings, I will probably nix one of the above meals and make mac & cheese with veggies for the kids instead, and save those ingredients for a meal next week.

Net cost oop for the week: ~$25 for the pizza and wings!

How do you meal plan for the week?  Do you utilize the items in your stockpile?

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