Bargain Meal - Ingles (2/22/09)  

Posted by: Julie in

Bargain Meal of the Week
Sorry I'm late on this guys.
It's been a birthday weekend for us plus super busy at church.
I didn't even find time to get my newspapers this Sunday *gasp*

Anyway....onto the Bargain Meal of the week.

Ingles has ground beef on sale for $1.98 per lb
if you buy 5 lbs or more.
Go ahead and get some. That is a really good price for ground beef.
I like to split my package up and stock the freezer.
I take one pound of meat and put it in a freezer bag.
An Easy - Peasy way to save money.

Today I've got a great meatloaf recipe for you.
It's from Paula Deen so you KNOW it's gonna be good.
Barbeque Meat Loaf
1 - 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 onion, diced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (I use regular mustard if I don't have Dijon on hand)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup of water, to thin sauce if necessary (I don't use this)

Pre-heat oven to 350*. Mix together beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce.. Form this mixture into a loaf and place it in a shallow pan. Stir together the remaining tomato sauce, vinegar, sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and water (if too thick). pour this sauce over the meat loaf. Bake for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes with the pan juices.

This recipe serves 6.
I'm figuring you already have most of these basic ingredients on hand and will just need to pick up...

1 - 1/2 lbs Ground Beef $2.97
2 cans tomato sauce $1.00

Cost: $3.97 to serve 6

Add some mashed potatoes and peas (our favorite sides for meat loaf) and you've got a great, comfort food supper!

At $1.98 per lb, try to think of some other dinners to use ground beef in. We love tacos, hamburgers, fried hamburger steaks, chili, spaghetti...the possibilities are nearly limitless.

A great time saver is to cook up batches of ground beef to freeze and use later. I'll cook ground beef, add taco seasonings (I have a great recipe for this), cool and put in a freezer bag and pop in the freezer. Later on, when I'm ready to have tacos all I have to do is re-heat the meat.

You can do this with spaghetti sauce, too. Cook your ground beef, drain and add spaghetti sauce. Cool then freeze.

I also like to pre-make hamburger patties. Press them out without over working the meat. Place wax paper between patties so they don't stick together. Put in freezer bag and freeze.

I hope these bargain meals are helpful to you.

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I got some great deals at KMart on Sunday, don't forget they are doubling up to $2. My favorite thing is the $7 razors I got for less than $1 per 3 pack:) I used to cook hamburger meat before I froze it, and then I got lazy. I am going to do that the next time I buy and save myself some time later! Have a great week!

Hi!! Thanks for the comment!! I will go check that out ASAP!!!


The meatloaf recipe sounds great. I'll have to try it. One of my boys won't eat meatloaf with onions in it so I have mini loaf pans that I make little ones without onions. He might eat this one though.

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