Food on the cheap


Thanks for sharing, PucksFool. That’s a fun read!!

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I need help with a contest.

I will be dropped off at the supermarket with only 10 dollars. I need to prepare a meal for 4. I will have 30 minutes in the kitchen. I will be judged on taste and creativity. I am competing against my brother and sister.

Can you help a Fool out?

Instant rice, with a pound of chicken thighs, and curry packets? lol?


There are 188 cheap-eats recipes here that might help.

I’d avoid meat, and go with grain and pulse, ie, beans and rice. Add an onion and some garlic, and small bags of your favorite curry spices with what’s left. I’d also go to an Aldis or a Latino grocery for these items.

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mutwa gave excellent advice. If you’re on a budget, money & time, meat won’t do. Spam might have a place but I haven’t priced Spam in 35 years.

HINT: Almost any kind of gravy makes things taste better. And it’s cheap at the store if you get the packets. Boullion cubes or that similar soup flavoring stuff can also be integrated. It’s like the chefs at the food company already made it tasty so the local cook is less burdened

Do you have to buy everything you are going to use: cooking oil, salt, pepper, herbs & spices, vinegar, etc?

Buy some large cans of soup and a loaf of bread.

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I’d go with spaghetti and sauce in a jar. Maybe with a salad and garlic bread.

A 1-lb box of spaghetti can usually be bought for under $1 and will feed four. Aldi’s spaghetti sauce goes for $1.50 these days (up from $1). Salad greens and garlic bread are well within your budget. And maybe some change left over for extras like meatballs or a vegetable.

My son puts a potpourri of basic stuff in a slow cooker on low, and goes to work. Eats from that over several days.

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Nah. The basics are in the kitchen already.

Stocking up on foods that are on sale works if you have the place to freeze or store it.

Paywall!!! Is that twenty characters?

Yep. Is this the mandatory 20 characters?

Maybe someone will syndicate it in a day or two. I couldn’t find one. If you clear your NYT cookies or open it in an incognito window, you may be able to read it.

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The article is available here:


Thanks for that link.

1. Cheese: Can you freeze hard cheeses like mozzarella and Cheddar? The answer is “yes” if you plan on melting it.
I’m current long at least 34 bars of Kraft Aged Reserve cheddar. It keeps just fine in the refrigerator. I have a drawer devoted to it. Probably 80% of them were purchased for $2 each, the rest for $2.50. (The supermarkets started imposing quantity limits when they are on sale, so it is a bit more work to keep the price down.)

*2. Butter: *
I don’t hunt sales for butter. I just buy Kirkland brand at Costco, 4 lb packed as 4 boxes of quarters. In the refrigerator I have one open and another unopened pound; when the open one is empty the full one moves over as the open, and a frozen one is moved from the freezer to fill the space it left. That way there is plenty of time for it to un-freeze before I need it.


How does that site not get sued into oblivion for copyright infringement?

Good point. I had a feeling this question would come up sooner or later.

Anyway, is similar to the Internet Archive ( It’s the same purpose - to archive and preserve for posterity. You’ll find this particular article there as well:

So there’s nothing nefarious going on. It’s simply snapshots of pages at given points in time. has better support for “modern” webpages, but it doesn’t support crawling the web by itself.

In the perpetual book burning bonfire - aka the internet, where TMF kindly has added it’s own contribution, services likes these attempt to preserve scraps of human history.

In this case with e.g. The New York Times, it might look like there’s something shady going on, but it’s really just a snapshot. The “paywall” is not really a wall, and that’s most likely intentional. They’re presenting the average person with enough of a hurdle, while still wanting their articles to be indexed and cached by search engines and other services.

They know (or should know) the importance of news and journalism, and traditional newspapers have been in a tough spot for quite a while. So they’re trying to strike a balance between accessibility and the need for subscribers.

If someone needs to dig up an article, it’s perfectly possible to do so. For NYT, you could just disable javascript. (For those really fed up with these kind of paywalls in gereral, there are browser extensions for that.)

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