We did it with $7, including a dessert or appetizer. And somehow, that seemed not too bad. Yes, it was challenging. But it wasn’t so challenging that I ever worried that I might not have made the limit. But this week, with a slightly larger $10 budget and without the added stress of an app or dessert, I got worried.
It’s like space: the more you have, the more you use. So with the bigger budget, I went bigger on this week’s meal. I bought the much more expensive beef chuck, cut into stir-fry strips, which consumed more than half of the budget. I added lots of veggies, and rice for a carb. There is some cheese, but just enough for the taste of it. (Sorry! No dousing in cheese this time!)
I was worried when I was getting ready to add this up. Would I make it? Would I exceed the limit?
Well, I came very close. Too close for comfort. But I still passed, however barely.
So, what did I come up with?
- Carolina Yellow Rice – $0.89 + $0.09 (butter) = $0.98
- Sargento Shredded Cheddar Cheese (3/4 cup) – $0.75
- Beef round stir fry – $5.44
- 2 tbsp lime juice (from a bottle in my fridge – $2 for the bottle) – $0.10
- 1 green pepper – $1.01
- 2 red pepper – $1.11
- 1 yellow onion – $0.45
- salsa – $0.15
All Items Purchased at Caraluzzi’s.
Where to Skimp:
For a big cost savings, without impacting quality, choose a less expensive meat. I chose to go with the convenience of pre-cut beef strips. However, cutting a London broil into strips would have also done the trick and it would have saved some cash as well.
Where to Spend:
If you save on the meat, you can use the few dollars leftover to add some sour cream and guacamole to round out the meal. Or, add a few flour tortillas into the mix.
Interested in the $10 Dinner Challenge? Check out the rules here. If you are interested in participating in next week’s event, simply leave a link in the comments next Monday.
The $10 Dinner Challenge is a joint-venture between Sarah’s Cucina Bella and Sweetnicks.