A meatloaf is on the menu for tonight but last night, when I was returning ice cream to the freezer, I saw a package of beef skirt and fajitas sounded so good that I took the meat out of the freezer. I am a bargain shopper! When I get to Kroger or Brookshires, I head first to the meat markdown section. Often there’s nothing there that interests me but every now and then, I hit the jackpot. The beef skirt was something I had found marked down.
It was $7.97, marked down to $5.57. If we went to local restaurant for fajitas, it would cost at least $9 each. From this $5.57 package, we should get a dinner for two and a lunch for two.
Before taking the meat out to thaw, I made sure that I had limes for the marinade (lime juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin powder and cilantro). I also made sure we had onions and bell peppers, which we keep on hand. I thought we had a package of flour tortillas in the freezer from our last trip to HEB and, yes, we did. Lastly, I thought there was a package of guacamole in the fridge and yes, there was.
Yes, I buy the guacamole already made when I get it on sale.
I figure the cost of our total meal will be:
Meat – $5.57
Marinade – .45
Flour Tortillas – .50
Onions & Peppers – $1
Guacamole – $1.25 (there are 2 packs in the box and I got the box for $2.50)
Pinto Beans – .40
Salsa – $1 (It’s salsa I made last year from tomatoes I grew)
Total – 10.17
Price per serving – $2.54
Yes, it costs some amount to prepare it but considering our water comes from our own well, and we pay no sewer bill, I don’t count anything for water/sewer. We figure that our cost of propane is less than $1/day and into that figure goes our heating, water heating and stove.
If I didn’t have all the ingredients needed, and had to make a trip to the grocery store, add about $3.00 for gas. I love keeping a well stocked pantry.
One thing that was a hard lesson for me is that some things, like lemons, limes, cilantro — I always keep a few on hand. If they go bad, it was less expensive for me to throw out a lemon or a lime, than to have to go to the grocery store when I find that I need one and don’t have it. I rarely throw anything out though.