You read right... I made dinner for three families: Mine, Next door and a Mother&Son. A total of 12 mouths.
I made Spaghetti with Homemade Sausage & Parmesan Spaghetti sauce and Texas toast.
Here's my total:
Barilla Pasta- 4 boxes- 99 cents each = $3.96
Tomato Paste- 1 can- 35 cents
Tomato Sauce- 75 cents (big can)
Tomato Diced- 75 cents
Parmesan, Herbs, Spices- FREE (already had it)
Texas Toast- 1.5 boxes- $1.97 each = $2.96
HF Beef Smoked Sausage Links- 1.5 pkgs.- $2.50 each = $3.75
$3.96 + .35 + .75 + .75 + $2.96 + $3.75 = $12.52 Total
Why did I do it? Well, it was back on Sunday night the 7th, before I-Dude's birthday, so the spaghetti is a traditional dinner to wish him a long life ahead. For our next door neighbor, it is to help their daughter who comes to YW, get some of her Personal Progress checked off and because my friend Annette has started working again. For my friend Heather and her son, it was because her MS turned for the worst and she needed some dinner help while the steroids did their thing to help her legs.
See? Service and Frugality can be totally complimentary. (I actually already had the pasta from last month, February, so technically they're already FREE, according to my budget.) No need to go to the store for the whole meal if you just stock up on few necessities...
Here, I PORTIONED what I have in the pantry, RESEARCHED what each family can eat, did not ADD any drinks to customize their dinner, taught a YOUNG girl to cook a big dinner, and SAVED all of us time!
How do you like that? Til next post!