Something just occurred to me. If you have like 30 minutes a week to plan a menu and go grocery shopping, and not a lot of money…what about getting together with four of your most frugal friends and doing a dinner swap?
Here’s how it could work:
Each person makes one dinner per week. The dinner should be enough for five generous portions (or more, if you’re a group of families and not singles). And, there should be a maximum price each shopper/chef should pay for ingredients. Say, $5 or so.
Each chef will cook their chosen dish, divvy it out in five portions, and freeze.
This means you’ll have five people cooking things like chili, soups/stew, casseroles, and other hearty one-dish meals. Perhaps coordinate, so you’re not eating five day’s worth of chili.
Then, get all five of yunz* together. Each person will take one dish from each chef to thaw and reheat at their leisure throughout the week.
In theory, you could be eating $1 home-cooked dinners every night, while only cooking once.
Does anyone do something like this? Can it actually work?
Be sure to check for more Frugal Friday posts here.
*Yunz is Pittsburghese for “y’all” or “you guys.” Isn’t that funny? I don’t use it, since I have a very Midwestern accent and it would sound bizarre.