First I spent too many long hours searching the Internet for recipes. Recipes that we might actually eat. In this house we have a half-way vegetarian, a ketchup sucker, a "what's that sauce on it" analyst, a "my foods can't toucher, and me the "hmm.. that don't look right-er." I finally found some that I was willing to try and hoped everyone would like.
I tried to find recipes that had similar ingredients so I didn't have to buy that much. I wrote down each recipe and then planned out what I needed to get. I could see a few of the items were on sale from the ad but I wasn't sure what this was going to cost me. I was determined to get the cost down as low as possible. So that was going to take some strategic planning. I knew I'd be going to a couple of stores for the best deals. I loaded my cooler up with ice and stuffed it in the back of the car. Not before Caleb decided to taste it, though.
We got to the store to shop and then things just got crazy. That toddler went bonkers. I mean bonkers. I'm the type that's like "Can you help me find the...", Can you put the grapes on the scale?" "Here, put this in the buggie for me." Do you want a snack." Shoot. By the time we made it to the second store, I couldn't tell if I was about to have a heart attack or a nervous break down. I was already stressed from previous events and not sleeping a lick. (Currently writing this post at 3 in the morning) I had given that little monster my best evil teacher look to get his act together that had likely morphed into this:
But anyway, on to the real issue here: freezer cooking. This is a picture of everything I got on my shopping trip. Some things had nothing to do with freezer cooking. The total cost of everything was $110.89. However, the total cost of everything that had something to do with the freezer cooking meals including rice and cheese that wasn't frozen in the bag was $77.27.