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Filling the Fridge with jars of food

A couple months ago I made a comment on Facebook about wanting to try to feed my family of 5 for $10 a day. It's a personal challenge of mine. As much as I love the idea of challenging myself in the public eye, I'm not yet ready to just jump in and make the commitment. I'm still trying to learn how to work sales and coupons and watch prices of what I buy more. But I also want to make sure i don't decrease the quality of food we currently eat. We eat a ton of fresh produce and I'm not willing to give that up for the sake of a grocery bill.

So Here I am a couple months later. Last month I wrote about cooking a couple weeks at a time to help pre-prepare food and to help cut down on eating out as well as spending less at the grocery bill. We just finished off the last jar of chili tonight. I altered the menu a bit, reworked some of the menu items and changed up what I had planned on making as filler items. But, I didn't go grocery shopping until this past weekend. So I consider it a success. I'm definitely not down to $10 a day… that's $2 per person in my house, I'm not sure I can do it. However, if I can cut my bill down consistently, I'll be happy.

Filling my fridge with jars of food
Filling my fridge with jars of food

I made a lot of meal items and stored them in canning jars, sealed, in the fridge. Chili, roasted chicken, baked potatoes, spaghetti sauce, strawberries, tomato soup, chicken stew, and others. It's like my own brand of TV dinners and I know exactly what's in each one. I love my cooking days but I'm also running out of ideas of things to make that I am confident I can make well and will save well. So more food adventures to come.

Do you have a favorite recipe that is easy to make AND cost friendly? I'd love to hear about it!

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