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Meat prices have been going sky high. Imagine my delight when over the past 2 weeks our two local grocery stores ran some really great deals on meat. When I say really great deals, I mean really great deals such as boneless skinless chicken breasts @ $1.69 lb. and ground beef @ $2.38 lb. Also one week frozen vegetables were on sale for 69 cents for a 1 lb. bag. These were definitely the kind of deals to get you into the store and I know that the store managers were hoping that it would mean that once they got me into the store that I would purchase other items and spend a lot of money.
Well, I am not one of those kind of people. I have my list on an app on my phone and I stick to my list, period. That's it. I stick to the list with the only exception of an unadvertised in store special on something I use. Then and only then do I deviate. The special had better be a necessity too and it always is.
I purchased a lot of meat, vegetables and mozzarella cheese in the last 2 weeks. The cheese was on sale for 99 cents for an 8 oz. bag and for every 5 bags you purchased you also got a $2 coupon towards your next grocery purchase. I bought 30 bags.
My freezer is stocked to the brim. I have 50 lbs. of ground beef, 8 chuck roasts, 10 lbs. boneless chicken breasts, 30 lbs. chicken hindquarters, 9 pkgs of bacon, 6 pork roasts, 6 lbs. ground chicken, 2 whole chickens and pork chops, boneless pork ribs, ham loaf, ground pork, ham, breakfast sausage, mozzarella cheese, butter, frozen vegetables and frozen fruit. All of the above were purchased at rock bottom prices.
I'm in my "happy place" and I'm ready.
Ready for what?
To sit back and purchase minimal groceries for as long as possible and to stretch the food that I have on hand for as long as possible. That's right, stretch it. Just because I have a freezer stocked to the brim doesn't mean that I will be serving meat and potato meals every night. My goal is to get as many hearty, healthy meals as possible from this stockpile. How long can I stretch this food and make it last? I serve an average of 6 people each evening so this will be a fun challenge.
Now I just need a name for this challenge -- any ideas?