Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dinner at home costs pennies

I've been posting twitpics of my dinners lately. Not sure why, well actually it's because Brent over at inworship asked me to once...and I just keep doing it.

I decided to start calculating how much I'm spending eating in. I've been trying to convince myself that I really don't need to order out anymore. I've been so surprised that I can feed my family for around $5 a night. That's 2 adults, and 3 kids ages 8, 5 & 2. They don't eat a lot though.

Last night we had Chicken Alfredo. I usually put brocolli in it, but didn't have any. So, I chose the green vege that was easiest to reach in the freezer. Here's the recipe & the costs:

1/2 stick of butter (melted over med. heat)
1 C. Heavy Cream
1/2-1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
bring to boil, then simmer until thick
Add 1/4 C. parmesan
(you can easily double this to serve 6-8)

I also used about 1 C. frozen peas (or broccoli...whatever really)

I broiled the chicken w/ a little garlic powder, salt & pepper

Prices:
butter - .25(the whole box was 1.99. I buy it on sale & freeze it)
cream - .75 (3.89 for a container which is 4 C)
spices - .25 (estimated)
cheese - .25 (grated, cheap stuff)
peas - .30 (.89 for a whole bag)
pasta - .33 (.99 for a box)
chicken - 2.00 (6.00 for 6 breasts at Aldi)

That's $4.13 for the entire dinner! The cream sauce is heavenly! How much are you spending on dinner? Calculate it tonight and come back & let us know!

4 comments:

nickcarnes said...

Sounds like a great recipe...and cheap!

Shannon B. said...

thanks for posting the recipe! When I saw the twitpic I was thinking of asking for the recipe since it looked so good, but you beat me to it!

natedavidscott said...

amazing isn't it? i hadn't actually calculate a cost of a meal yet, but i knew it was cheap. it's been a life saver at our home, where eating out used to be a regular occurence

World's Greatest Mommy said...

My husband does this with every meal he ever makes. He makes me guess, though. Then he says higher and lower until I get it.

Her really enjoys the game. I do love saving money, though, and he's great at that.