How much does dinner cost?
I am a finance person through and through. It's what I do for work, and it's what I spend extra brain power on when we're at the supermarket. And, not only do I track and calculate what we spend on food weekly, I have started to try to estimate what each dinner might cost. Recently, I came across a new issue of Delivered Dinners in Portland and was surprised at the price tag: $45-50 per meal. Perhaps I'd rather opt for the DIY Freezable Dinners, which bear a much lower price tag. Maybe the delivered dinners would equate to a fancier night out for the family. To be sure, that's not what I spend on an average weekday dinner. When we're looking for take-out, we might hit up some of those chains, where ne'er would we break the $30 point, barely even $20.
Lately, I've been doing the calculating. Our cheaper dinners are meat-free: black beans & rice, an egg bake, tofu stir-fry with veggies over rice. Those dinners are well under $10, probably more like $5. Meat dinners are much more expensive. I splurged on a seafood dinner last Friday & it was the price of a dinner out! Thank goodness, though, with the discovery of food buying clubs, I feel I am saving more and investing in great quality.
Right now, we are needing to pinch pennies more than ever, and I am always thinking: What is your *super-affordable*, healthful, and easy dinner option? Your go-to family-pleasing meal that meets all the criteria?