Food is a major issue in our house. This is mostly because we’ve spent the last year trying to come up with foods that the oldest boy would eat in a reasonable time, although recently, the toddler has been proving difficult to feed as well. We’ve finally hit on a few things that they will eat and I’m in the process of setting up a two or three week dinner schedule to get me organized. In the meantime, we were down to next to no meat in our freezer and needed to restock. We had managed to go months with only buying the occasional package of hamburger, or easy to cook beef for stir-fry while using up our stock, but it was time for a Costco run.
This is by no means a Costco advertizement, but I do advocate buying bulk – or at the bare minimum – picking stuff up when it’s on sale. We find that a single pack can do several meals so we divide them up when we get home. Some of the family size packages from other grocery stores are great for this as well.
I went in with a budget of “have enough left over to buy Ian a birthday present.” The one thing I miss the most about working is the paycheque – maternity benefits just don’t live up to a real income. I ended up spending about $120 on meat and walked out with what I consider a decent amount, or as Ian kept mentioning as he took it all down to the freezer, “a lot of meat.” I only got one package of each of the following:
- roasting chickens (pk of 3 for 6-9 meals)
- sirloin tip roast (pk of 3 for 6-9 meals)
- lean hamburger (2.4kg quartered for 4+ meals)
- breakfast sausages (45 total – 3pk of 10 for the whole family and 3pk of 5 for the kiddo and I for lunches)
- boneless chicken thighs (28 total grouped as 4s and 5s for 6 meals served cut up)
- bone-in chicken thighs (21 total in 3pk of 7 for 3 meals)
The beauty of it is all that meat will do at least 28 meals for about $4.30 a meal or less and I won’t have to buy more until September…except for beef for stir-frying and more hamburger.