>>7329682 I am not poor, but I don't like spending money on groceries. Every dollar I save on groceries is a dollar more I have toward a dinner out at a nice place.
I find cooking at home as if I were vegan (I'm not, but I cook like one) makes for healthy meals that are cheap as fuck. Living on vegetables, beans and grains knocks my grocery bill to $35-$40 a week to feed two most meals at home. The only expensive stuff I buy is cooking oil and nuts.
>>7332589 What can you have at a restaurant that you cant just make on your own?
Instead of splurging on going out I'll splurge on cooking supplies. Most cooking supplies like sauces/spices have several servings that can be used for future dishes, so my splurges end up being cooking investments.
Basically skip all animal products (excluding Butter & Eggs) and rely on Beans, Rice, and Produce. Buy lots of Frozen Fruit for Smoothies.
I get by, I'm not complaining. I fucking hate poor people who only make it month to month thru Food Stamps and buy overpriced processed food. If you're poor you should never purchase a box of worthless fucking Cheez-Its.
>>7332615 >What can you have at a restaurant that you cant just make on your own? Legit question. As I've become a better and better cook over the last decade there are many places I no longer bother going to because I could do just as well in my own kitchen. But there are many things I don't do at home. I don't deep fry, so if I'm feeling like fried food I go out for it. I don't have a wood fired oven, so if I want a great pizza I go out for it. I don't have a smoker at home, so if I want good BBQ I'm going out to a place that does. I live in an apartment, so I also go out for grilled food.
And as I said, I cook mostly began food at home. I'd rather have no meat that supermarket grade meat if I can help it. By the time you get to the level of restaurant that is scrupulous about how they source their meat you're talking an expensive place.
£70 a month. Local market shopping for meat and bread and supermarket for cupboard food. freeze loads of meat and only use what I need. Create your own flavor rubs and use one meat before freezing. Takes loads of trial and error.
if you need soem inspiration for bked goods, asian do some amazing things. check out some of their pastries here: http://thewoksoflife.com/category/recipes/chinese-bakery/
they also have an entire section on Bread and pizza.. yum.
that shit is so fucking good not to mention most of it is pretty cheap. My favorite is definetly the chinese sausage bun. a whole pack of chinese sausage is like 5.99. you can make easily 12-14 buns with all that sausage
also i think it should be fair mention that being poor doesnt mean you get nothing. You cut costs in one place so you can splurge on others.
For example stick to home made mashed potatos, not the boxed shit, some nice cheap produce stand vegis or the some freezer vegis, and splurge a bit on a nice piece of meat from a local butcher. that leftover meat can then supply lunches for a couple days or even reinvent it for next nights dinner, like a cottage pie or stir fry and rice
>>7329682 $75 a week for two people, which is more than enough. I make bread and pasta from scratch. We get whole chickens and chicken legs $3 off each week, and I make broth and soups with it. Beans aren't used every week, but we buy them dry. Bulk foods and spices are your friend. I also meal prep every week, which works well in the winter since I tend to make a lot of soups, stews and chili. During the summer, I just make sure to have chicken on hand and usually make salads, sandwiches and wraps.
lots of rice, if you can try shopping produce everyday so you can get discounts on produce that's on its way out and cook it that day. try to buy lots of meat/veg if it's a really good buy and freeze it infinitely better than eating packaged stuff over and over again i agree with anon too, learn to make bread and load your rice/pasta with produce and meats to change it up spices can do wonders for normally gross food
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