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October 21st, 2019 at 07:24 pm

On Wednesday my Brother in Law, his wife, and another couple we are friends with are coming into town to visit.

Well, specifically, they are coming into town for a wedding, and we are being used as a free place to stay (in 9 years we have lived here, none of them have come to visit).

I feel a certain kind of way about this and told my husband that while I am happy to see them, we are NOT spending hundreds of dollars on entertaining "guests". Food being the primary source of expenditure (even when we go back home to visit - which has been 8 times in 9 years - we end up feeding them because we either have stayed with them and bought groceries for our visit or we have rented a cabin and they have come over everyday to eat).

Husband agrees so we are looking at low cost meals for our family of 5 and the 4 of them.

So far I am planning on red beans and rice, chicken stew, and spaghetti. The couple has said they are going to bring steaks for the first night, so that is very nice. I will make potato salad and some baked beans to go with the steaks.

Any suggestions on low cost meals to feed 9 people?

8 Responses to “Visit”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Soups are normally pretty low cost if you can find vegetables reasonable. One way I saved money was to buy a whole chicken, cooked it in a Crockpot, and then pulled the meat off and made casseroles with stuffing for one and rice for another and added cheese to the rice one and some vegetables. The stuffing I used the chicken broth and then you could also make chicken and noodles from the chicken and broth which should go a long way.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    Chili. Pulled chicken or pork. Egg salad. Burgers. Scrambled eggs for breakfast.

  3. Jane Says:

    This website has a number of relatively frugal recipes that still seem special enough for entertaining: https://www.budgetbytes.com/

    Homemade pizza can be very affordable if you can get a good price on the shredded cheese (Not sure if you have Aldi but great deals there) and easy to customize for different tastes.

    This chili mac is great, very filling and makes a ton: https://www.budgetbytes.com/cheesy-vegetarian-chili-mac/

  4. Amber Says:

    How long are they staying? I’m thinking to split things up, each couple is responsible for preparing a meal (buying the ingredients of course) , make it fun, think of a savvy name to call it

  5. Lucky Robin Says:

    What about a fritatta or a quiche? Or pork fried rice? I am finding pork shoulder roasts on sale a lot lately between .99/lb and $1.99/lb, so a nice pork roast with mashed potatoes and gravy and a couple cans of green beans is a cheap really nice dinner around here.

  6. Carol Says:

    Budgetbytes is a great food site as is "Good, cheap eats" by Jessica Fisher. Stephanie O'Dea had a Pasta Fagiole soup the other day that seemed very plentiful, filling and reasonable.Get in a loaf of Italian bread and you ought to fill them up.
    I think Amber's idea seems fun, too.

  7. Treeluva Says:

    Thanks guys! I appreciate it!

    I would totally be for everyone splitting food costs - but I doubt that would happen for a variety of reasons. One being my husband wouldn't ask it of his family (nevermind that we pay for 2 weeks worth of groceries when we visit them). I know I sound like I am complaining here - and I totally am. I'm not going to embarrass my husband by telling them to anti up - but it is grating my nerves how he won't. Ugh!

  8. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Chili, burgers, sphaghetti, lasagna, tacos, pulled pork can be done in crock pot, chicken whole roasted can be 99 cents a pound. I think it really depends on how big eaters people are.

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