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Poor Couple Eats Well- Part I

For regular readers of my site it should come to no surprise that I am frugal. Because of the economic times (seriously- will this recession ever end?), our goals (we want to own a small home in five years), and the fact that both hubs and I went to graduate school (hello student loans) it is important that we know where our money is going.

Add to this fact that yarn is pricey and you can only get so cheap (ok, so Red Heart is not the worst thing in the world) there is even more of a desire to make sure that we don’t freeze to death from lack of hand-made afghans.  Hey, we live in Wisconsin so this isn’t too much of a stretch.

Combine this all with needed to eat healthy- hubs because of his weight and me because of the whole “I can’t eat gluten” thing- it is important for us to spend money on good, healthy food.

Which I always assumed meant we spent more money on food.

We all know what they say about assuming….

Some time ago I stumbled across this site called Poor Girl Eats Well.

You should check it out- it is really a neat site! And it got me thinking- how much do hubs and I spend on our meals?

So, I did the math and this is what I came up with:



Normal Weekday Breakfast

  • 1 banana= .14¢
  • 1 TBSP unsweetened Coco Powder= .10¢
  • 2 TBSP Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter= .20¢
  • 1/2 C Skim Milk= .23¢
  • 5 ice cubes= FREE

Total Spent: .67¢

Servings: 1

Total Per Serving: .67¢

I am not what one would call a “morning person”. Getting up early just to make breakfast just sounds silly to me. This is my go-to smoothie that I make because it is high in protein and fiber so it fills me up, and I can drink it when I am trying to figure out what to wear.


Normal Weekend Breakfast

  • 6 eggs= .66¢
  • 4 Russet Potatoes= $1.00

Total Spent= $1.66

Servings= 2

Total per meal= .83¢

This is our typical weekend breakfast/brunch that we make. We just chop up the potatoes, sprinkle salt and pepper on them, bake them on a greased cookie sheet at 425 degrees until they are crispy and then fry up eggs. Yum! And filling. This is as involved as our breakfasts get.



These meals are both lunches and dinners because whatever is dinner one night magically becomes lunch the next day. Left overs are the best friend of lazy cooks because one meal worth of cooking can last days.


Creamy Ham and Potato Soup


  • Heavy Cream = $2.18
  • Butter = .50¢
  • Chicken Stock Bullion= .50¢
  • 2 Red Potatoes= .50¢
  • 1 head of Broccoli = .53¢
  • 1 can navy beans = .92¢
  • Ham= $1.55
  • Minced Garlic= .25¢
  • Salt/Pepper= .05¢

Total Spent: $6.98

Servings= 8

Total per meal= .87¢

Bonus with this recipe- everything gets chopped and thrown in a crock pot on low heat in the morning and dinner is done when we get home from work.

Can we say “lazy” ?

Oops, I meant “smart and thrifty”. Yeah- the fact that soup is the laziest meal to make is in no way related to the fact we make it often.

The biggest problem with this particular soup is only having one serving. Normally hubs and I can’t keep away from the crock pot and we both wind up having two servings of soup and then complain about how full we are the rest of the night!!


OMG Mexican Bake 

(modified from this recipe that I found via Pinterest).

  • 2 lbs Lean Ground Pork= $6.00
  • 1 can refried beans= $1.25
  • 1 can black beans= .92
  • 1 small can sliced black olives = .68¢
  • some corn tortillas = .50¢
  • 1 bag taco cheese= $1.98

Total Spent: $11.33

Servings= 10

Total per Meal= $1.13

Probably the most labor intensive meal that we make- but well worth it!!! That brown blob may not look like much but it is pure delish on a plate. Topped with sour cream. Obviously.


Crockpot Jambalaya 

(modified from this recipe that I found via Pinterest)

Again- this recipe has the bonus of everything but the rice being able to be chopped and thrown in a crock pot in the morning and cook on low all day.  All that is left to do is cook up the rice (which is easy as long as you set the timer on your cell phone!!)

  • Turkey Sausage= $1.34
  • 2 chicken breasts= $2.00
  • Chicken Stock Bullion= .50¢
  • Two small cans of tomato sauce= .56
  • 1 can Kidney Beans= .92
  • Minced Garlic= .25¢
  • Assorted Spices and Seasonings= .50¢
  • 3 cups uncooked rice= .75¢

Total Spent= $6.82

Servings Made= 8

Total per Serving= .85¢


Lazy Chicken

This is my go-to recipe for when neither hubs or I thought about dinner.  Since we buy whole chickens that are pasture-grazed, no-fillers,no-hormones added when they go on sale, and then freeze them to use for later, the price below reflect the most that we are willing to spend on one chicken (usually we actually spend about 4 bucks per small chicken). Everything goes in a large glass baking pan, with a few cups of water,  covered in tin foil and then baked until the chicken is cooked through.

  • 1 whole chicken= $5.00
  • 3 cups white rice= .75
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup= $1.88
  • 1 can black beans= .92

Total Spent: $8.55

Servings Made= 8

Total per Serving= $1.07



What are some of your fav recipes? Does anyone else get inspired by pinterest?


2 thoughts on “Poor Couple Eats Well- Part I

  1. Good recipes – check out “” for more recipes – they have one that is called an SOS mix. It’s a replacement for canned creamed soups (which are getting to be expensive).

  2. Great post! I’m always looking for healthy recipes for my boyfriend and I to make at home, and lately it’s gotten pretty expensive. I’m definitely going to try some of these 😀

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