This recipe shows what great deals you can get by checking out the markdown sections of your grocery store. Most grocery stores have places where they put expiring meat and bakery items that have been marked down (usually 50% off at my stores). I check them out every time I'm in the store - the mornings are the best time to do this because that is when they mark them down and there is the most variety to choose from. Anything I buy I either use that day or put straight into the freezer. This recipe happens to feature 2 items that I got at a discount. The potato rolls were $1.29 / dozen (down from $2.49 / dozen) and the ground beef was $1.49 / lb (down from $2.99 / lb). Now, $1.49 / lb is a pretty good deal on ground beef, but this was actually 96% (4% fat) ground beef! $1.49 / lb for that lean of ground beef is an amazing price. We never can afford to buy that lean of ground beef, so I was super excited.
Sliders are also a big hit in our house. What kid doesn't like anything in miniature. Plus, one is the perfect size for our 3 year old. Usually I like to have lots of different flavors - sweet, tangy, savory, spicy etc in my recipes. This one is just straight out savory, but it packs a very flavorful punch so it isn't dull. You can find the recipe here.
Ground beef - regularly $2.99 / lb, manager's special markdown to $1.49 / lb - total - $1.52 (mine was a little more than a pound)
Grill seasoning - $2.00 at Albertson's, used $.50 coupon in combination with promotion - total $.16 / bottle, used 2 Tbs - total $.02
Potato rolls - regularly $2.49 / dozen, manager's special markdown to $1.29 / dozen
Onions - $.25 / lb at Walmart - total - $.35
Garlic - $2.48 / lb at Walmart - total for 1 bulb - $.42, used 4 cloves - approximate total - $.15
Cheese - $5.99 / 2 lbs at Albertson's, doubled $1.00 coupon - total - $3.99 / 2 lbs, used 4 oz - total - $.50
A-1 steak sauce - $2.09 at Walmart, used $2.00 coupon - total - $.09 for whole bottle, used 2oz - total - $.04
Vegetable oil - approximate total - $.10
Salt and Pepper - approximate total - $.10
Mustard - $1.99 at Alberton's, doubled $1.00 coupon - total - Free
Grand total - $4.07 for 12 sliders, $.34 for each slider (serves 4 -6 people)