Feed 5 people for $2.23 TOTAL

03/25/2010 12:16 pm · 8 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

It’s Matt. Sarah is still resting from bringing our new boy into this world. Either I am not eating well, or just miss my wife’s cooking. But here is another post she did awhile ago that I wanted to repost:

I was able to make this meal for my family of 5 for $2.23

That is .45 cents a person

img_0424Here is the break down:

Green beans .50 cents – sale at Albertson in December

Home made fries FREE- potatoes from my friends field, seasoning free with Albertsons double.  For recipe click here

BBQ sauce about .2 cents  Albertsons sale, I got it for .25 cents a bottle

Finger steaks- meat $1.06, onion soup mix .15 cents, egg milk and flour about .50 cents

Recipe for finger steaks


Last week at Albertsons they had beef roast on sale for $1.88 a lb.  I bought 3 large roasts.

I had the man at the meat counter slice one of them  into, 6 one inch steaks.  They do it for free, and it saves me time.  I then am able to use these steaks for stew, stir fry or what ever.  I normally use one steak right away and then freeze the rest in bags.

For Finger steaks I cut the meat across the grain, into thin strips.  One large steak is enough to feed my family.  It makes about 25 finger steaks.

In a bowl mix :

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk


Add the meat  to the mixture, cover and refrigerate for 1-3 hours.

When you are ready to cook, pull meat strips out with a fork, and fry in oil on medium-high heat.

It takes about 1 minute on each side, or till golden brown.  Drain on paper towel.

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Sounds great. I wish I could see your pics. I love these kinds of posts! Inspiring!

Katie Martin
Katie Martin

It might be just my computer but none of the pictures are showing up. On previous post they show up fine but this one (the one I really wanted to see cause it sounds yummy) just has a box with img and a number. Just thought I would let you know in case it wasn't just me.


You are right, Missy. Sometimes I see TV shows that are just laughable when it comes to cooking on a budget. I have seen the morning Today show doing a $40 meal challenge segment ( it's for 3 courses, but really!). That's my weekly budget goal!


THANK YOU!!!! The news highlighted a lady on our local channel that made a meal for $1.46 per person. It was baked pasta......really....That's like $8.00 for the entire pan of pasta. Is the meat made out of golden cows? MY WORD!! Non-coupon, you could've made it for about $6 - with coupons, you're looking at $3 at the most for the ENTIRE pan!!! Thanks for posting this - you inspire your readers and "challenge" us to do our best!!!


Yes, what cut of meat is it? I am a very inexperienced cooker and unless it's ground beef or chicken breasts, I have no idea what I'm looking for!

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

beef roast. and we had the butcher slice it thine


ohh I wanted to make this the first time you posted it and never got around to it, but will definately do it next week! I don't don't think I have ever bought a beef roast before. Is it called "Beef Roast" or Round Tip Roast? I just want to make sure I get the right one. Thanks!

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I read blogs on a similar topic, but i never visited your blog. I added it to favorites and i'll be your constant reader.

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