Wednesday, January 27, 2016


On Monday after school/work I ran to Walmart for some items. There were several things, like eggs, that I looked at, priced at $2.79, and then left on the shelf because the price was much higher than I have been paying at other stores. I'll just wait until I am somewhere else that has them cheaper. 

For those of you that are still having to pay high prices for eggs, I found the following chart from Ordinary Vegan that you may appreciate. 

One of the reasons I went to town was to get carrots from Aldi. They had carrots on sale this week priced at two pounds for 59¢ each, so I stocked up and bought ten bags. 

After we came home Monday, I heated up two of the Salmon Patty plates I made up on Sunday. It gave me a good feeling to know that we ate food here that did not cost me any additional money. 

Dinner on Tuesday was Cheese Enchiladas, which is one of my daughter's favorite things to order whenever we eat Mexican food. These were super cheap to make too. 

My friend gave some string cheese (free) she wasn't using, so I decided to take some corn tortillas (60¢) and wrap them up, cover them in enchilada sauce ($1.18), and made cheese enchiladas. 

I made twenty of them  in all and they cost under $2.00 for the whole batch.  Even if you had to pay regular price for the string cheese, this would be an affordable dinner. 

On Wednesday I went to Fresh and Low and I'm glad I did. They had the reduced rack of produce out. 

I was able to get one bag of cucumbers, one bag of colored peppers with an avocado inside, and one bag with two pints of blueberries in it! All of these were $1.00 each, which was such a great deal.

I also picked up  sour cream ($1.29), bread ($1.00), 3 baking potatoes ($2.02 or 67¢ each), 2 bottles of Italian dressing on mark down (99¢ each), pepperoni ($2.50), mozzarella cheese ($7.76),  and eggs ($1.59 each). I'm glad I did not buy the eggs at Walmart for $2.79 on Monday. 

These things that I do to save money are not magical or even new for that matter, but they save me money when I do them consistently. 

~ Living within my means in Southern Tennessee ~

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  1. and that's how the pro's do it! Well done........

  2. What a great deal you got on all of that produce. And very smart to not buy the eggs at Wal-Mart when you knew you could find alternatives to keep you going, until you did find a good price!
    Carrots are currently about 40 cents/lb, at our restaurant supply, so under 30 cents/lb is a great deal, I think.
    Do you have a favorite enchilada sauce? I'm thinking chicken enchiladas would be a good use for some of the leg quarters, that I bought for 49 cents/lb last week. Corn tortillas are usually a good deal in large packs.

    1. Thanks, Lili. I was tickled with all the produce prices. I am taking cucumbers in my lunch today with my homemade ranch dressing. Something i rarely take due to the cost. So I am a happy camper today! Here is my homemade enchilada sauce recipe.

      Enchilada Sauce: Heat together 1 quart cold water, 1/2 cup chili powder, 1/2 cup paprika, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil and then stir in a mixture of 2 tablespoons oil and 4 tablespoons flour. Stir and heat until well mixed.

    2. Thanks, Belinda! Now why didn't I think of that -- using chili powder/paprika?! The recipe I have (from about 40 years ago) uses whole dried chilis, soaked, scraped, then pureed. A chili powder/paprika sauce would be so much simpler!

      I'm copying this recipe to try very soon. Thank you!

    3. You're welcome. I found it in an old cookbook and tried it out and really liked it. I hope you do too. :)

  3. Great idea with the string cheese. Easy also, my kind of cooking. Sometimes you just need a break and do easy!

    1. Exactly, Mary Lou! Thanks. I also needed to find a way to use up those cheese sticks as no one has been eating them. A win-win situation in my book. :)

  4. hi - can you please tell me how you made the cheese enchilidas? How long in the oven, what temp, anything else in them, need cooking spray on the sheet, etc????? Thanks so much -- really need the inexpensive meal idea !

    1. I used a non stick pan and did not use cooking spray. I put them oven on 350 degrees and cooked them for 30 minutes. Nothing, but corn tortillas, which I fried, then rolled up one cheese stick in each tortilla. Lined them up in the pan, and poured enchilada sauce over them. Very easy. :)

  5. Thank you!! I am going to make these for lunch tomorrow !!


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