Ham & eggs combos – 85¢

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  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz. ham steak
  • 1/4 orange
  • slice of toast
  • 8 oz. glass of milk or grapefruit juice

Smart-shopping cost = 85¢ or 95¢

14¢ – 2 Kroger or Aldi eggs @$.79 dozen*

55¢ – 2 oz. ham steak (Smithfield BOGO at Publix)

10¢ – 1/4 orange

3¢ – slice of bread

13¢ – 8 oz. glass of milk or grapefruit juice** 

*Egg prices fluctuate, and I get coupons, making them even cheaper.

**I cut my juice in half with water to reduce calories and sugar. $1.99 for 64 oz. of generic Ruby Red, then half a glass of juice and half a glass of water.

I buy Smithfield ham steak when it’s BOGO at Publix.

Check out this egg, ham and cheese souflee breakfast.

Egg, cheese and ham souflee
It’s really easy to eat cheap.

6 bacon & eggs combos – 48¢

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  • scrambled eggs
  • bacon or turkey bacon
  • yogurt cup
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • milk, grapefruit, orange or tomato juice

Eggs are cheap if you don’t buy organics. I get mine anywhere from 59¢ to 79¢ dozen at Kroger and Aldi. Kroger also occasionally sends me coupons for free eggs to get me to shop there more often.

I got a manager’s special on bacon, and found Butterball turkey bacon on sale for 2/$5 with a .55 manufacturer’s coupon (9¢ a slice). I later saw it on sale for $2.99, but buy 2, get one free (final cost $1.99 or 9¢ slice).

14¢ – 21¢  for 2 or 3 eggs

18¢ – 27¢ for 2 or 3 slices bacon

40¢ – yogurt cup (buy 10 for $4 at Kroger)

20¢ – 2 tomato slices

13¢ – 1/2 grapefruit (on sale for 25¢ each at Kroger)

3¢ – bread

13¢* – grapefruit juice or milk – 8 oz. glass

I dilute my juices to cut the calories and sugar in half, so $1.99 generic Ruby Red (64 oz.) diluted by 1/2

Sausage Jambalaya – 88¢

Sausage jambalaya
  • Zatarain’s jambalaya (or red beans and rice)
  • sausage
  • baby carrots
  • canned tomatoes
  • corn bread
  • salad w/dressing
  • iced tea

Zatarain’s is $1.79 at Kroger right now (1/21), so I buy it for .97 at Publix when it’s BOGO. I wait for deals on sausage and then buy a bunch of them and freeze them.

Sausage is frequently $1.88 to $1.99 at Kroger, with or without a coupon. (which comes frequently from Kroger). I recently stocked up and froze Heritage Farms smoked sausage for $1.29.

I dice and freeze the sausage in a Tupperware container and then anytime I want jambalaya or red rice and beans,, I can toss in a handful of sausage and/or a chicken breast. I also add canned tomatoes and baby carrots (sometimes this is enough and you don’t need meat).

Zatarain’s says a small box contains five servings. If I add meat and carrots and serve with cornbread, a salad and a drink, that’s a good lunch.

You can add chicken for another 15¢ – 25¢ per serving.

88¢ Per Serving (@ 5 servings per box)

20¢ – Zatarain’s

13¢ – 20¢ – sausage

6¢ – 9¢ – baby carrots (coupon or not)

8¢ – canned tomatoes (59¢ can with 20¢ coupon)

20¢ – salad

13¢ – corn bread

5¢ – iced tea

Quesadillas, rice & beans – $1.18

veggie quesadilla

  • fajita quesadilla (onions, bell peppers, cheese)
  • Spanish or Mexican rice
  • refried beans
  • mashed avacado
  • salsa
  • iced tea

Smart-shopping cost: $1.18 (full quesadilla – 4 slices = $1.54)

Kroger had refried beans (normally 89¢ can) on sale for 79¢. If you bought three cans, you got $1.00 off, bringing the price per can down to 46¢ a can. I got three bell peppers (normally 78¢ each) for 99¢ in Kroger’s manager’s special sacks (they have different veggies each day, depending on what’s getting close to the sell-by date).

Avocados can cost $1.78 each. Sprouts had them on sale for 3/$1.00. Publix had Pace salsa on sale for 99¢ a jar and accepted a 40¢ Kroger coupon (they don’t accept them any more), bringing the jar down to 60¢. If you have a garden, you have no cost for peppers, onions or whatever other veggies you want to add).

10¢ – flour tortilla (pictured is half a quesadilla)

17¢ – green pepper

9¢ – onions

15¢ – Mexican fiesta cheese

10¢ – refried beans

18¢ – avocado

5¢ – salsa

5¢ – iced tea

2 roast pork dinners – $1.63

  • roast pork
  • carrots and sauerkraut
  • mashed potatoes and asparagus
  • bread
  • iced tea

I got a pork roast (4 to 5 servings) for $5.02 (manager’s special from $9.84). I’ll price this at 5 servings per roast.

$1.04 or $1.26 – roast pork

14¢ – asparagus

8¢ – mashed potatoes

15¢ – carrots

10¢ – sauerkraut

3¢ – bread

5¢ – iced tea

Teriyaki stir fry – $1.90

teriyaki stir fry

  • Beef stir fry with onion, carrots and green beans
  •  egg roll (or dinner roll)
  • iced tea or milk

Smart-shopping cost: $1.90 to $2.15

I got 8 oz. of top round on manager’s special for $4.29. I used canned green beans and carrots (dented cans at 29¢ each). I got Tai Pei egg rolls BOGO at Publix.

$1.09 – 2 oz. top round steak

8¢ – canned sliced carrots

8¢ – canned green beans

25¢ – onions

25¢ – egg roll (or bread for 3¢ to 6¢)

5¢ – ice tea (or milk for 13¢ for 8 oz.)

Chili Mac lunch – 64¢

chili mac

  • Bowl of chili mac
  •  side salad
  • iced tea or milk

Smart-shopping cost: 64¢ to 72¢

I got boxes of Ronzoni pasta and Kroger manager’s special for 50¢ each. I got a brick of Velveeta for $2.99. I added a can of chili. This created six servings of chili mac.

39¢ – chili mac

20¢ – salad with dressing

13¢ – 8 oz. milk

5¢ – ice tea