Ham & eggs combos

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

Full-price cost = $

Bargain cost = $

Smart-shopping cost = 69¢ or 80¢

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

45¢ – 2 oz. ham steak (Smithfield BOGO at Publix)

5¢ – 1/4 orange

3¢ – slice of bread

13¢ – 8 oz. glass of milk

7¢ – 8 oz. glass of milk or grapefruit juice

4 bacon & eggs combos

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

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: 42¢ to 82¢

Eggs are cheap if you don’t buy fresh organics. I got mine for 77¢ dozen at Kroger and Aldi. Some Aldi stores had them as loss leaders for 25¢ a dozen in 2016 dues to a market glut. 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¢ – 2 eggs

18¢ – two slices bacon

40¢ – yogurt cup

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

3¢ – bread

7¢ – grapefruit juice ($2.49 64 oz. Ocean Spray bottle – $2 off Kroger coupon)

13¢ – 8 oz. milk

Quesadillas with rice & beans

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

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: $1.18

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

Sausage Jambalaya

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

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: $1.09

I always wait until Zatarain’s is on sale for $1 per box, and sometimes find a manufactuer’s coupon at the same time. I wait for deals on sausage and then buy a bunch of them and freeze them. I keep some diced in a tupperware container and then anytime I want Zatarain’s, I can toss in a handful of sausage and a chicken breast or two. I also add canned tomatoes and baby carrots (sometimes this is enough and you don’t need meat).

19¢ – Zatarain’s jambalaya (or red beans and rice)

36¢ – sausage

17¢ – baby carrots

15¢ – canned tomatoes

22¢ – salad

12¢ – corn bread

5¢ – iced tea

Teriyaki stir fry

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

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

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.)

2 roast pork dinners

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

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: $1.09

I got a pork roast (four servings) for $5.02 (manager’s special from $9.84).

$1.30 – roast pork

14¢ – asparagus

12¢ – mashed potatoes

15¢ – carrots

10¢ – sauerkraut

3¢ – bread

5¢ – iced tea

Chili Mac

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

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

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