What to Cook for Dinner?
Last week I posted one of my cheap eats posts on what it cost for our family of four to make tacos at home.
Here is what I found.
Taco Shells $.99/12 package we only need half for our family $.50
Lettuce $.50 (Everyday deals sells heads of lettuce for $.50 or less)
Ground Beef or Ground Turkey $2 for a pound
Taco Seasoning $.50 (this is a price for a packet but I make my own or buy it at the co-op)
Cheese $1 (I shred my own and purchase 8 oz for about $1.50)
Salsa $.60 (I make my own with a can of diced tomatoes and co-op salsa seasoning)
Flour Tortillas $.50-$.99 per package (if you prefer soft tacos) 1/2 package $.25-$.50
Refried Beans $.60 per can
Tortilla Chips $1 (half a bag to go with the tacos)
Fruit $1 (whatever was on sale this week or a can of fruit from the pantry)
This dinner works out to be about $7.95 for our family of 4, plus lunch for 3 of us.
So this works out to be $1.14 per person or about $5 for us to eat a taco dinner at home. This dinner includes 4 crisp tacos, 4 soft tacos, chips and salsa along with a serving of fruit.
Tacos eaten out:
If we were to eat at a Taco Bell each of the tacos would be about $1.
So it would be $8 for our family to eat at Taco Bell out or $2 per person. That is without any fruit or chips and salsa.
If we decided to go to a mexican type sit down restaurant with coupons and water to drink.
I think in our area that would costing about $20-$30.
So you can save about $1 per person and get better quality food at home than out to eat at Taco Bell. You can save $4 to $6 per person over eating out at a sit down mexican restaurant.
I like to compare the prices so I can be an educated consumer and decide when it is worth it for me to spend the extra money and when it is not.