You can stretch that meal dollar further and here are just a few ways to do it.
The meat you buy frugally does not have to be all mince and sausages. There can be meat specials too. Spare ribs- whilst very high in fat content can make an interesting change occasionally.
Chicken and fish are also very healthy and can also be cheap enough.
Tinned fish (check country of production) like Tuna, Salmon, sardines, can also be used to make an interesting meal.
Work out in weight what you need for each meal for each person in the house, in fruit, vegetables and meat/fish.
Do allow some extras for surprise guests or other challenges, but not too much.
Pasta is another good meal base, as is rice, polenta, and other grains.
Cut waste to a minimum, if you have too much meat and/or vegetables left after a meal, be creative and use the left overs in a meal for the next day. There will be some suggestions in my Retro recipe section soon.Cottage pie comes to mind, or a stew.
Cooked vegetables can also be used creatively.
If you can get away with not peeling any veggies, as in potatoes in jackets, and carrots, don’t as this also cuts down on waste and the vegetable next to the skin contains more nutrients.
If you do peel your fruit and veggies put the peels into the compost for your garden.
Buy UHT milk and it does not have to be refrigerated until just prior to use -(about one hour). It is STILL MILK, but has been treated to reduce the spoiling effect. In the main the UHT milk cartons are easier to recycle than the plastic milk bottles.
You could work out whether buying powdered milk is as economical as the UHT milk or the whole milk to buy. Most powdered milks have how many litres they make up when water is added on the pack. check the pricing in your area.If you have to buy whole bottled milk on your weekly shop, freeze it.
Most breads can be frozen Buy more than the day’s supply and freeze it.
Do not go to the supermarket daily. This encourages you to spend more when you buy spontaneously, rather than set a weekly shopping day and a relative budget to your needs.
Buy enough other produce to last at least a week, as this will save on fuel costs, public transport costs if having to go on public transport.
After employing some of these tactics you should find all of your household accounts -utility, medical, school accounts becoming a lot lighter, and there may even be some savings happening; and you are also helping the environment in a small way.