Chicken & pasta lunch

  • Chicken quarter (not pictured – actually larger!)
  • pasta with sauce
  • salad
  • iced tea

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: 58¢

Please check the other chicken dinners for a better photo of the larger chicken quarter. I just had this piece of fried chicken handy.

Kroger recently had their Heritage Farms chicken quarters on sale for $2.90 per bag (@29¢ per piece of chicken)!

These are usually $7.90 per bag, occasionally on sale for $5.90. You get 10 lbs., which often comes to 10 quarters (sometimes 9 to 11 pieces).

I wait until they are on sale for $3.90 or $4.90 per bag, then buy four bags and put the quarters into individual lunch bags (3 cents each) and freeze them. For this page, I used a price of .29 per quarter (doesn’t includes sandwich bag in case you make a whole bag of quarters for your family).

If you’re a Publix shopper, they put their $1.50 chicken quarters on BOGO. You pay half price, but still about .75 per pound per Kroger’s on-sale price of .29. From what I’ve seen on the Internet, the big buyer’s clubs don’t come close to Kroger’s price for some reason.

To learn how I got such inexpensive pasta, check out the Spaghetti Dinner post.

22¢ – chicken quarter

13¢ – pasta with sauce

20¢ – salad

3¢ – 12 oz. soda (or iced tea for 5¢)

4 waffles breakfast combos

  • Blueberry waffles (frozen, toaster) w/syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 banana
  • 8 oz. glass of tomato juice

Or

  • Blueberry waffles (frozen, toaster) w/syrup
  • 1/2 red grapefruit
  • yogurt cup
  • 8 oz. glass of milk

Or

  • Blueberry waffles (frozen, toaster) w/syrup
  • 2 oz. ham steak
  • 1/4 orange
  • 8 oz. glass of milk or grapefruit juice

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: 69¢ to 93¢

25¢ – 2 blueberry waffles

14¢ – 2 eggs

45¢ – 2 oz. ham steak

13¢ – 1/2 red grapefruit

9¢ – 1/2 banana

5¢ – 1/4 orange

40¢ – yogurt cup

13¢ – 8 oz. glass of milk

16¢ – 8 oz. glass of tomato juice

7¢ – grapefruit juice

5¢ – syrup

 

2 oatmeal breakfasts

  • Oatmeal with 1/2 banana or raisins
  • yogurt or grapefruit
  • toast
  • 8 oz. glass of milk or 100% grapefruit juice

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: 56¢-61¢

Oatmeal is one of the top Super Foods and something you should eat multiple times during the weak.And it’s cheap! Quaker Oats is usually $3.15 a carton. I got it BOGO at Publix. I also had a coupon for $1 off when you buy two, bringing the cost down to 8¢ per 1/2 cup serving. Avoid the instant packets with fruit, brown sugar or cinnamon — the #2 listed ingredient is sugar.

For some reason, Kroger gave me a $2 coupon on Ocean Spray juice (I had just bought a few bottles), bringing the cost of an on-sale bottle down from $2.49 to .49¢, or 6¢ for an 8 oz. glass.

8¢ – 1/2 cup oatmeal

9¢ – 1/2 banana or raisins

40¢ – yogurt cup

13¢ – 8 oz. glass of milk

13¢ – 1/2 grapefruit

3¢ – toast

3 Hot dogs lunches

Lunch #1

  • 2 small dogs (1.5 oz. )
  • potato chips
  • pickle
  • iced tea

Lunch #2

  • 2 small dogs (1.5 oz. )
  • potato chips
  • baby carrots
  • pickle
  • 8 oz. glass of milk

Lunch #3

  • 2 small dogs (1.5 oz. )
  • potato salad
  • baby carrots (or substitute pickle)
  • 1/2 Anjou red pear
  • 8 oz. glass of milk

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost: 61¢ – 91¢

Smart-shopping cost: 43¢ – 95¢

I found Gwaltney chicken dogs on sale for $1 per pack (8 dogs, 12 oz.). I then found Kroger’s Heritage Farms chicken dogs on manager’s special for $1.59 for a 24 pack. I then found HF chicken dogs on sale for 29¢ per pack (4¢ per hot dog)! The biggest cost here is the pear.

8¢ – 2 small hot dogs

13¢ – 2 hot dog buns (manager’s special at 50¢)

6¢ – 2 slices bread

15¢ – potato salad

13¢ – 8 oz. glass of milk

5¢ – iced tea

30¢ – 1/2 Anjou red pear

13¢ – baby carrots

10¢ – pickle slice

4¢ – potato chips – Kroger chips at $1.50/2 bags less $1.00 coupon/2

10¢ – ketchup and mustard

Carnitas stew

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

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: $1.52

This is a good example of Smart Shopping vs. Bargain prices. 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

Enchiladas

  • 2 chicken enchiladas
  • vegetarian black beans
  • saffron yellow or brown rice
  • 12 oz. glass of soda

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: $1.81

This is a good example of Smart Shopping vs. Bargain prices. Publix sells Old El Paso dinner kits for $3.15 each. I waited until they were on BOGO, getting them for $1.58 each. PUBLIX ran an Old El Paso digital coupon for $1 off the purchase of three OEP products. I then used a Kroger 75¢ coupon for a final cost of 99¢ per dinner kit. I also bought Bush’s vegetarian black beans for 24¢ a can (99¢ sale + a 75¢ Bush coupon). I got a 2-liter bottle of soda for 37.5¢ (Publix 75¢ store brand on BOGO). A bag of Kroger brand chicken breasts is $7.99. I waited until they went on sale for $5.99 (about once every 4-5 weeks), then used a $1.40 digital coupon and a $1.50 paper coupon they sent me for a total cost of approximately $3 for the $8 bag of chicken.

33¢ – tortillas, seasoning mix and picante sauce

60¢ – chicken

40¢ – veggies

20¢ – yellow saffron rice

15¢ – cheese

6¢ – black beans

7¢ – 12 oz. glass of soda

Tacos

Veggie tacos

Ground beef tacos

  • veggie tacos
  • ground beef tacos
  • saffron yellow or brown rice
  • refried or black beans
  • plum
  • 12 oz. glass of soda
  • glass of water

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: 90¢/$1.67

This is a good example of Smart Shopping vs. Bargain prices. Publix sells Old El Paso dinner kits for $3.15 each. I waited until they were on BOGO, getting them for $1.58 each. PUBLIX ran an Old El Paso digital coupon for $1 off the purchase of three OEP products. I then used a Kroger 75¢ coupon for a final cost of 99¢ per dinner kit. I also bought Bush’s vegetarian black beans for 24¢ a can (99¢ sale + a 75¢ Bush coupon). I got a 2-liter bottle of soda for 37.5¢ (Publix 75¢ store brand on BOGO). I got a 5 lb. roll of ground beef at $1.99 lb, and got 12 servings per pound.

10¢ – tortillas, seasoning mix and picante sauce

42¢ – ground beef per taco

20¢ – veggies per taco

20¢ – yellow saffron rice or brown rice

10¢ – cheese

6¢ – black beans

12¢ – refried beans

56¢ – plum

7¢ – 12 oz. glass of soda

Honey fried chicken dinner

  • Fried chicken (quarter) w/honey
  • mashed potatoes
  • green beans
  • soup
  • salad
  • corn bread
  • iced tea

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: Dinner = $1.39; Plate = 1.00¢

Kroger’s Heritage Farms chicken quarters are usually $6.90 per bag, occasionally on sale for $5.99. You get 10 lbs., which often comes to 10 quarters (sometimes 9 to 11 pieces).

I wait until they are on sale for $3.90 per bag, then buy four bags and put the quarters into individual lunch bags (3 cents each) and freeze them. For this page, I used a price of .39 per quarter (includes sandwich bag).

If you’re a Publix shopper, they put their $1.50 chicken quarters on BOGO. You pay half price, but still about .75 per pound per Kroger’s on-sale price of .59.

$.55 – chicken quarter w/breading and honey

12¢ – mashed potatoes

15¢ – green beans

19¢ – cup of soup

20¢ – salad

13¢ – corn bread

5¢ – iced tea

BBQ rib tips dinner

  • 1 country style boneless rib
  • mashed potatoes
  • buttered corn
  • soup
  • salad
  • corn bread
  • iced tea

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: Dinner = $1.84; Plate = $1.45

$1 – 1 boneless country style rib

12¢ – mashed potatoes

15¢ – corn

19¢ – cup of soup

20¢ – salad

13¢ – corn bread

5¢ – iced tea

Red beans & rice lunch

 

  • Zatarain’s red beans and rice
  • baby carrots
  • potato salad
  • corn bread
  • iced tea
  • plum

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: 80¢

I wait until Zatarain’s is no sale for $1 per box, then use a coupon for 50¢ off when you buy two boxes.

25¢ – beans and rice

23¢ – baby carrots

15¢ – potato salad

13¢ – corn bread

5¢ – iced tea