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New Grocery Challenge/No Convenience Foods

January 1st, 2012 at 02:08 pm

I set my monthly grocery budget at $100.00 per month, I normally spend twice that if not more.

I know I will have to cut out soda and I'm thinking that will count for alot of other things too. I have a bread machine which I use for tortilla dough and I have made yeast roll dough and cooked the bread in the oven of my camper/trailer. Sometimes it comes out pretty good and sometimes not. It's probably something I'm doing, I never was good at baking, especially bread. Even in my bread machine the bread doesn't come out quite right. I'm hoping that I can start making my own again and I'd be interested in any recipes that have been successful for any of you SA members.

I do have a SO that eats over so this challenge will be....challenging! Hope he won't mind lots of beans this year! j/k I think I can find low cost and interesting meals, we'll see!

6 Responses to “New Grocery Challenge/No Convenience Foods”

  1. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Mark Bittman has written of a lazy no-knead bread recipe in the New York Times. I don't insert links in comments, but you could Google "Recipe: No-Knead Bread" "November 8, 2006" and "nytimes.com" together to find the recipe. The recipe doesn't require a bread machine. When my bread fails, it's due to either (or both!): a) too-warm water killing the yeast; b) too-cold temperature for rising.
    I don't know where you live, but $200/month for eating by my measure is already terrific.

    And Happy New Year!

  2. ccraw Says:

    Paulette I'm in Texas and the recipe I use a recipe that calls for warm milk, maybe I'm getting the milk too warm. I will try again tomorrow and see if that might be what the problem is and I will also look up the recipe you mention. Thanks and Happy New Year to you also!

  3. ccraw Says:

    Oh, and I'm sure that I'm probably in a place that cost of living is much less than many people. Sometimes though I spend even more than 200.00 but I would buy alot of soda. And sometimes it's just me that is fed. My 100 dollar challenge may not turn out to be realistic, if it doesn't I will just have to adjust it.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I am going for $20 a week, so we are in similar territory. In my case, it is only me and my cats that I am feeding. However, I will feed my (grownup) kids, too, at various times during the year. We'll see how it goes!

  5. ccraw Says:

    Good luck CB! I'm still working on my grocery list as once I get back to the gate today I'm pretty much stuck for a month. I guess that's a plus because I can't run to the store if I'm out of something. I'm trying to make a menu and then the list. The good thing is that I have alot of staples already.

  6. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Good luck to everyone doing grocery/food challenges!

    I'm doing one, too. It's just me, one cat, and an occasional dinner guest but I overspend on groceries. Consistently. I have some dietary issues that make eating the cheap low carb foods like beans, rice, and pasta, almost impossible. I can eat those things but not often and only in very small quantities so I eat a lot of meats and low carb vegetables. This makes eating on the cheap a little tougher but I know I can do better!

    CCraw, here's my favorite dinner roll recipe:


    It's delicious and works for me every time. Maybe it will work for you, also!

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