Need to save money or just enjoy the challenge of doing it for less? My three girls continue to amaze me at how much food they can pack away. I have come to the “hollow leg” conclusion, since our dog has maintained her svelte 9 lbs. for the last two years! We have always packed daily lunches for work and school. I have seen the prices go up over the years, along with my girls’ appetites; it has been a challenge to keep the costs down.
I recently discovered a way to save on lunch meat. I have passed by the large, whole, fully-cooked, plain or maple-flavored boneless hams in the meat department many times before while shopping at our local Shur Save. It was simply too much for a meal unless extended family was coming to dinner! One time, for whatever reason, I viewed them as a significant cost savings in comparison to the deli meats. I did some quick calculations: the whole ham was priced at $2.99 per pound … the deli meat was $7.49 per pound … at two pounds of meat per week, we’d save $9 each week. That works out to $36 per month or almost $400 per year (assuming we have ham every day of course!) I wondered if I could have it sliced and freeze it. (more…)