A Thrifty Supper

by Merissa on July 21, 2009

in Recipes

Here's what I made for supper tonight. All the prices are good sale prices or what I buy the items for.
1 can of tomatoes: .33-.50
16 oz. bag or your favorite noodles: mine were free from Freecycle but most are around .99
(I used elbow macaroni but I've learned that if you want to be really thrifty you don't have you use the kind of noodles in the recipe, use whatever you have on hand or can get the cheapest because it really doesn't matter!)
Ground Beef: .99 to 1.79
Some minced garlic and onion to taste.
Brown up hamburger first with onion. Then add garlic. Pour in tomatoes and add cooked noodles last. Do not drain the tomatoes.
With our meal we had:
Green Beans: .35 to .50 per can
w/ butter: .05
Cottage Cheese: .35 for a 1/2 c. (from Sams)
The total for our meal: 2.09
That made a meal for 2 plus lots of leftovers for lunches.
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1 Annique February 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm

this is american goulash but it sounds great will ahve to try it


2 mxgal March 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

How did you get free noodles from freecycle? Did someone just not want them? Lately I am making 3 meals on weekends and eating them during the week. It cuts down on cooking on nights I am tired after work. I have been freezing the leftovers for workday lunches. It has been so helpful!! This week we had skillet meatballs (my grandmother’s recipe), a chicken & broccoli casserole and a chicken tortilla soup in the crockpot which I added leftover kielbasa which was charred from the grill. It was yummy! Thanks for the recipes and meal ideas!


3 Merissa March 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Someone posted the noodles because they didn’t want them and I went and picked them up. Making meals ahead is a great idea!


4 mxgal March 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm

That’s great that people are willing to share food staples like that. Thanks.


5 Debbie October 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I make something similar.. but I add small cans of tomato paste and sauce as we like it more “tomato” based. And if I have it I’ll throw green pepper in there.. My mother in law used to add corn, but I don’t do that.. but this is one of my husband’s favorite meals 🙂


6 JeannieP March 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Ground beef for $1.79? Here in NJ we haven’t seen those prices since 2009! I just came back from the store (I shop at the “cheap” market) and I paid $2.99 for ground beef. That was on SALE. I guess your property taxes aren’t over $7,000 a year either! You see, people like me MUST be dedicated followers of yours because our state is one of the most expensive in the nation. This is a long round about way of saying “thank you” to you for your blog! Hugs, Jeannie


7 Merissa March 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Haha, I just realized this post was posted in 2009!


8 Sarah Murrey June 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Love this recipe!!! This is how we fix it with the exception of our recipe adds corn (adds a sweet crutch). Love your story!!!


9 Jenn February 28, 2013 at 7:48 am

Add LOTS paprika! Makes the dish!


10 kristi January 8, 2014 at 5:03 am

I make the same thing but I use tomato soup.


11 Vicki February 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I made it tonight. My husband loved it. It made a lot!


12 Janice September 13, 2016 at 8:03 pm

I fed mine goulash many a time, but I learned to make it with chili powder. I think it’s cheaper, ‘warmer’, and not as mild or sweet a flavor as paprika although I think Hungarian paprika, in particular,5 is more authentic since it’s Hungarian goulash.

Thank you for the list, Merissa! ( 2016 )


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