Dinner Hosting on a Budget

We had my in-Loves over for dinner yesterday. They live about an hour and fifteen minutes from us. They drove up to see our three youngest children perform in our church Christmas program.

It felt so good to have them over for dinner whereas it is normally the other way around. We don’t do much hosting at our home and rarely have friends or family over. My husband is not big on having people over to the house. He says it’s because people sometimes stay longer than he would like. He doesn’t want to be rude and make people feel as though he’s putting them out by looking at his wrist watch or continually saying “Boy, am I getting tired”.

Sometimes hosting dinner for friends or family can be a daunting task but with a little planning it can be done without breaking the bank. We picked up extra whole chickens in November when they were on sale for .49 cents a lb. and paired them with potatoes that were on sale this week. We created a dinner menu around sale items in order to keep our cost down. Here’s what we spent on dinner for 4 adults, 1 teen, and 4 children.
* Items already had on hand

Grocery List
2 whole chickens .49 a lb…. $5.89
5 lbs of potatoes .30 a lb… $1.50
2 (15.5 oz) cans of corn …… 2/ .70 cents *
2 packs of Cherry Kool-Aid……… 2/.36
½ lb. of flour ……………………. .10 cents *
2 cups of sugar…………………. .34 cents *
2 cups of oil…………………….. .63 cents *
Seasoning………………………….? *
1 cup of Milk………………………. .20 cents
½ stick of margarine………………. .05 cents
Gravy…………………………….Free (made from the boiled Chicken back stock, left over dredging flour and a 2 tablespoons of chicken frying grease )

Total: (Roughly) $11.00

Menu
Southern Fried Chicken, Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Crispy Sweet Corn with Homemade Gravy and Cherry Kool-Aid

We had leftover chicken, corn and mashed potatoes and kool-aid which I prepared for my husbands lunch today.

Comments

  1. Bethany says

    This sounds delicious! And it’s so inspiring to hear what great food you can serve without overspending. You’d pay thirty dollars to feed that many people at McDonald’s even. I’d love to learn to break down a whole chicken and make a meal like you’ve done, with the extras being the stock. If you got the chance, do you think you could post some pictures on how you do it. You sound like a wonderful cook!

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