Friday, October 28, 2011

31 Days: Day 26 - Breakfast Anyone?

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Another way to reduce the amount of meat you eat is to have breakfast for dinner.  It's certainly not a new idea.  I just have never done it.  Eggs are still one of the cheapest sources of protein (next to beans) that you can buy.  My family won't touch beans, so eggs it is.  Whether it's an egg casserole, scrambled eggs or fried eggs, serve them with pancakes made with a homemade mix and you've got a very cheap meal.  Two of my kids also don't like eggs, but they love pancakes (which has egg in the mix ;). 

For my family (4 during the school year/5 in the summer) I can feed them with about 8 eggs.  Currently eggs for are about $1.30.  However, I usually can find eggs for $1.00 on sale, and when I do, I stock up.  Eggs will last for weeks in the refrigerator as long as the temperature is kept between 35- 40 degrees.  So as a replacement for meat, 8 eggs cost me .67 cents.  A pound of meat would cost me anywhere from $1.60 - $2.50 per pound.  I don't buy anything more expensive.  The average is $2.05 and I use an average of 1 1/2 pounds per meal (more for roasts, less for spaghetti)  so I could save an average of $2.40 per meal over using meat.  Having breakfast for dinner once a week will save me about $10.40/month or $124.80/year.

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