Carnitas stew

  • pork chunks with black beans and tomatoes
  • yellow saffron rice
  • 2 tortillas
  • 12 oz. glass of soda

Smart-shopping cost: $1.52

Kroger sells frozen carnitas for $6.99. I can usually get them on manager’s special for $4.19. I recently found them on MS for $3.59. That’s 90¢ a serving, although if you use country style pork ribs, you’ll pay about $1.00 per serving.

Publix had Bush’s Best vegetarian black beans (frijoles negros) on sale for 99¢ a can. I happened to see Bush’s coupons for 75¢ per can, so I got the cans for 24¢ each. I usually add half an onion to this dish; add another 30¢ if you want to do that. You can also add carrots, celery or your other favorite veggies. I got 2 liters of soda for 37.5¢ (Publix 75¢ store brand on BOGO).

90¢ – carnitas (marinated pork)

20¢ – yellow saffron rice

10¢ – canned tomatoes with chilis

6¢ – black beans

20¢ – 2 tortillas

6¢ – soda*

Occasionally, Publix will sell 2-liter bottles of house brand soda for half price (50¢ per bottle) and run a coupon for $1 off when you buy 3 bottles (about 3¢ per serving). That means, you get 2-liter bottles of soda for 17¢! This doesn’t happen very often any more.

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