Let’s face it, food prices at most grocery stores are on the rise and they don’t look to be improving anytime soon. So, it’s not surprising when a person like me is on the lookout for any foods that are both nutritious and cost effective.
While I was recently shopping at a local grocery store, I spied a 10 pound bag of potatoes that was on sale for only $2.99! I thought that was a pretty good deal and purchased a bag to take home. It’s note worthy that I skipped the produce isle (lettuce at $2 a head – no way) and I didn’t even bother looking at any real meat items, substituting instead, a package of Oscar Meyer Cotto Salami for just $1.50 for one pound! The calories in the salami totaled about 1,120 while the bag of potatoes offered up approximately 3,400! Between those two, along with a half gallon of 2% milk ($2.29) and a loaf of cheap bread ($1), I figured I could get creative and came up with a couple of interesting meal ideas that wouldn't break my budget. (Note: I scrounged around in the fridge for my condiments and butter while the lettuce came out of a small cold frame situated in front of my home). Here are a few of those meals:
A salami sandwich with a baked potato and milk!
(Itemized cost: bread @ .10 + salami @ .09 +
russet potato @ .13 + 2% milk @ .29 = .56)
(Not included in the calculations were the pat of butter or the mayo)
A toasted salami & cheese sandwich with fried potatoes!
Cost: $0.71 Calories: 546
(Itemized cost: bread @ .10 + salami @ .09 + Cheese slice @ .10
russet potato @ .13 + 2% milk @ .29 = .56 cents)
(Not included in the calculations was the A1 sauce)