Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hosting a Party on a Budget

Everyone knows that I love couponing and getting stuff for a great deal. While I enjoy being able to feed my family on a budget and get lots of stuff for very little money, my favorite thing is being able to be hospitable without breaking the bank. I love bringing meals to people when they are sick or have a baby or a death in the family and I love having people over to our home. I thought that I would break down how I fed 12 people today for a very reasonable amount.

I served Baked Ziti and Chicken Parmesan.

Here were my ingredients:
2 boxes whole wheat penne pasta - $1.50
1 lb 93% lean ground beef - $3.00
1 lb chicken breast tenders - $2.00
1/4 of 4 different peppers (red, orange, yellow, green) - $1.50
1/4 an onion - 13 cents
1.5 jars Ragu spaghetti sauce - $1.12
1 cans Hunt's tomato sauce - 15 cents
2 bags Kraft low-fat mozzarella cheese - $1.00
Parmesan cheese - 50 cents
Bread crumbs - 50 cents
3 egg whites - 25 cents
2 boxes New York garlic bread - $2.00

Total cost of the meal was $13.65. Not too bad. :)

PS My mother-in-law brought a beautiful salad and my sister brought yummy dessert so that helped me out even more.


  1. But you didn't tell us what you cooked!

  2. Baked Ziti and Chicken Parmesan. The recipes can be found on my blog under Recipes - Beef and Recipes - Chicken. Sorry about that.