AFFORDABLE dinners don’t have to be bland or boring, as a TikToker shows.
Amy had a goal of making five dinners for $5 each to satisfy her family’s cravings.
On a budget of $25 to support two adults and a child, she didn’t want typical budget-friendly dinners.
Amy showed followers of her TikTok AmyWayToSave where she shopped, what she got and the incredible dishes she made.
The shopping list
Amy shopped at Aldi and Walmart to stay on budget and actually had some spare change when she finished shopping.
At Aldi she bought:
- Chicken breast
- Ground Italian Sausage
- chicken soup
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Frozen broccoli
She spent a little over $14 on all of this before going to Walmart.
To complete her meal plan, she bought:
- A bag of potatoes
- A loaf of French bread
- A packet of spaghetti
- Six eggs
- whipped cream
- A can of green beans
- A can of chicken broth
- A lemon
She only spent $10.48 on the rest of her groceries, falling under budget.
The meal plan
The meals Amy prepared seemed more than enough to keep her family happy.
The same ingredients were used for many meals, so she could reuse what she bought for different meals.
The first night she made chicken piccata with pasta and garlic bread.
On the second night, she used her air fryer to make fried chicken, broccoli, and a baked potato with a bun.
The third dinner was a hearty helping of pasta carbonara with green beans and even more homemade garlic bread.
One of the most incredible meals was a hearty Zuppa Toscana with buttered bread.
With everything she bought, she was able to cook enough soup for two nights.
This is how you save money in the supermarket
Shopping expert Trae Bodge recently shared with Good Morning America how you can make money on your next trip to the grocery store.
One of Trae’s first tips is to go vegetarian.
As prices rise, poultry, meat and fish are seeing some of the biggest markups.
Even if it’s just a few times a week, going vegetarian can save you money in the long run.
Trae cautioned against only getting the most used items when buying in bulk.
“If you need to quickly go through certain items, like toilet paper, pasta, canned food, or snacks for your kids’ lunch, buy them in bulk if you have a Costco or Sam’s Club membership,” she said.
Speaking of products, Trae does not recommend buying pre-cut products.
Grocery stores charge a lot more for pre-cut products because they know consumers will pay a premium for them.
Take the time to cut your groceries yourself and your wallet will feel a little heavier.
Another shopper shared how she secretly shopped at Costco without a membership.
Also, read how one woman reduced her grocery bill from $1,200 to just $400 a month.
https://www.the-sun.com/money/5954199/weeks-worth-dinners-family-walmart-aldi/ Spent just $25 on my family of 3’s dinner at Walmart and Aldi for a week – see meal listing