Eat on $30 Project – Day 2 {Pulled Pork BBQ Sammies w/Carrot Slaw & Baked Sweet Potato Chips}


Eat on $30 Project – Day 2 {Monday}

It’s day 2! Here is the link to the Introductory Post to the Eat on $30. Read this if you haven’t so you can catch up on the who, what where & why of things. PLUS there is a list of all of the other fab foodie participants & you should naturally check them out as well & see what they’ve been cooking up!

Okay a few observations thus far…This is much harder than I thought it would be. Perhaps it’s that I’m putting too much thinking into it, but I really don’t think so (LOL). I find that YOU HAVE to think about everything 10 x’s more. I have to weigh, “Do I NEED this, do I WANT this, can I AFFORD this?”

Another observation I have found is how much SNACKING my family does. It’s very hard to curtail all of their snacking. I feel somewhat like the fridge police & it is very hard to tell them they can’t have something because we can’t “afford” it. Of course they’re not hungry they just WANT it. Sometimes, I wonder when I’ve gone out for my nightly walk with my fab neighbor friends if they’re secretly in the kitchen gorging themselves. Hey, it could happen. They’re sneaky.

Additionally, meat is expensive. I do think this might be a smidge easier if we weren’t meat eaters. But, alas, we are. I find that I’m having to eat the same things over & over again just with a twist so that we can include the meat into our budget. PORK was a fabulous option. I again found a Pork butt that I could stretch out over 4 meals that only costs me $1.80 per meal for the meat. But, then again, we did have to eat it 4 times.

I have always been one to try and stretch my dollar but I’ve never been forced to. This week has been an eyeopener. Made me look at food in a whole new light.

And here is a little commentary bout today’s eating adventures: *Sigh* we had ANOTHER monkey wrench in our schedule today. First we woke up so late & had to run out the door to get Middle Man to school on time. Which meant, he’d need to eat b’fast at school $1. Eh, not too bad but poor planning cost me there. Here’s where we got thrown off BIG TIME. There was a school Fundraiser at Cici’s & our middle man, who’s 6 had his heart set on going. *sigh* Knowing full well that I couldn’t take my entire family of 5, I sent middle man & hubs off to the Fundraiser for a boys only nite. I did feed Hubs first, with intentions of only Middle Man eating, BUT they weren’t having that. Hubs & middle man had to pay $12.00 at the door & well that just STUNK! Wasn’t counting on that. Ouch!


A whole lotta Pork Lovin’ Going on here… but all together a very enjoyable food experience. The quesadillas were dee-lish & nice vegetarian option. & The Pulled Pork BBQ Sammies with the carrot slaw (hello YUM) I totally pulled that one out of left field LOL & we adore Sweet Potatoes. I got away with it by only using 2 large sweet potatoes & slicing them with my Mandolin (Yes I used the guard, I always use the guard & you should too, you know why!)

Breakfast: 2 pancakes @ .14 $ .30
1 cup coffee (sugar & cream) $ .25
Hubs coffee free at office gratis
1 school breakfast Middle Man $1.00 (woke up way too late, told you not a morning person)
Breakfast Total $1.55

Lunch: 1 school lunch for Miss Priss $2.00
1 school lunch for Middle Man $1.85
Quesadillas stuffed with Corn, Tomato, Avocado, Black Beans & Refried Beans
6 Tortillas @ .13 $ .78
Mexican Cheese $ .50 (1/4 of package)
Salsa gratis (leftover from yesterday’s meal)
Water gratis
Lunch Total $5.13

Snacks: Cupcakes x 6 $ .66

Dinner: Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches with Carrot Slaw & Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Hamburger Buns x 4 @ .15 $ .60
Pulled Pork $1.80
1 Carrot $ .18
1 Clove of Garlic $ .05
1 tsp Sugar $ .05
2 Large Sweet Potatoes $ 1.25
Olive Oil gratis
s/p gratis
water gratis
CiCi’s Pizza (school fundraiser) $12.00 (for Middle Man & Hubs)
Dinner Total $15.93

GRAND TOTAL for day $23.27 (ouch yes, I busted my daily budget of $21.43 by a stinkin $1.84)

* Luckily yesterday I was under budget by $1.85! So even with my unexpected costs I’m still on track for the week, whew (yeah yeah yeah I know by only a lousy penny, but hey back off I’m under LOL! Not to mention I would have had a FAB budget day had I NOT had the extra $13.00 out of pocket expense) We’ll see what tomorrow brings.


I am really pleased with the ways these turned out. Especially since I’ve never made Carrot Slaw before. I purchased a big bag of carrots at the beginning of the week to use for another recipe & knew I’d have some leftover so I thought, hey, let’s give it try. I after all am using EVERYTHING I have this week. It was a delightful surprise. It gave the sammies color, texture & a little bit of zing. Perfect. The sweet potato baked chips were the perfect addition. If it were a normal week I would have gone with different buns, but because of budget I went with Hamburger Buns, a significant savings (again comparison shopping wow). They worked out well, esp. after toasting them.

What you’ll need:
*2 cups (ish) Pulled Pork (leftover from Slow Cooker Pork Butt)
4 Hamburger Buns
1 Carrot – Sliced with Peeler
1 Clove Garlic – Minced
1 tsp Sugar
1 squeeze of lemon
Olive Oil
2-3 tbsp BBQ Sauce – of choice
2 large Sweet Potatoes – Sliced into Rounds

* {Slow Cooked Pork Butt:}
Pork Butt – 5-6 lb
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
2 tbsp Paprika

What to do:
Peel your carrot with vegetable/potato peeler & place into a small bowl. Add the minced garlic & season with s/p. Add a drizzle of oil olive & Give a tiny squeeze of lemon, add sugar, Stir & place into fridge to marinate until needed. While the slaw is marinating, slice your Sweet Potatoes into rounds (I used my Mandolin, if you don’t have a mandolin you can def slice it with a knife, simply try to keep it the same size). Place the sweet potatoes into a bowl & give a good drizzle of of olive oil & season with s/p. Toss around until coated well. Place rounds onto a cookie sheet and bake for approx 15-30 mins in a 375 degree oven, cooking time will depend on the thickness of your rounds. Check them periodically so you don’t burn them & turn them half way through. When they come out of oven season them again with s/p.

To assemble Sammies: Toast your hamburger buns & reheat pork. Place a large helping of pork onto the bun. Top with BBQ sauce & then carrot slaw (be sure to stir it well after removing from fridge & taste for seasoning. Add more s/p if necessary)

Buon Appetito!

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  1. 1
    Gina /

    This is very courageous of you!! I have lived on a food shopping budget of $200 a week for a family of 6 for over a year. This budget also includes cleaning products, and diapers ( 2 year old). It is a challenge, I have had to become creative, and I find my biggest challenge is not meat (meat is a given, heaven forbid my husband does not have meat on his plate for every meal) but rather fresh fruit and vegetable. I buy a huge bag of broccoli (fresh cuts) at a local wholesale club for about $5.00 and I can use it throughout the week, making casseroles, salads, etc. with it, but after that vegetables can be PRICEY. Looking back now, I can not believe how spoiled I was before the economy became so bad. I think that my family will definately be healthier because of this though, we never eat fast food anymore, and rarely eat out. Good luck on your journey, I can wait to see what you come up with next ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 1.1

      Ciao Gina! Thank you so much for sharing. YES I can’t imagine including cleaning products & diapers in there (I’m in the same boat ; ) It has been hard to incorporate fresh vegetables too. Why is that everything that is good for us costs so much? I did stock up on less expensive veggies carrots, etc & I have incorporate a few more costly ones with them to make it more substantial. Last night I made Terriyaki stir fry veggies & it was dee-lish. Great idea on the large bag from the wholesale club!

  2. 2

    Well done! Hey–every penny counts, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I can totally see how the cost of snacking items can blow a budget. My girls come home from school famished.

  3. 3

    Wow, not bad! I think you’re being too hard on yourself! You are managing great! You are definitely on track! Well done!

  4. 4

    Yeah, the snacking really does hit the budget hard. I had planned to cut it out of the budget for my husband and I (my daughter isn’t doing the challenge) but we couldn’t. So, I had to got out and buy a giant cheap bag of pretzels.

    • 4.1

      I wanted to, but alas they weren’t having it either. I think my kids would go to Grandma’s house this week if I did LOL. They’re already really unhappy about the cutback as it is. Pretzels are a great snacking idea! We’ve been doing Popcorn as well. It broke down to .21 per bag when I bought a large box of it.

  5. 5

    Valuable thoughts and advices. I read your topic with great interest.

  6. 6

    What a gorgeous meal, Paula! The I’ve found my meals this week have been very monochromatic (weird) so it’s fun to see how colorful your dinners are! As the week progresses, I am having a hard time with snacking, too. I want sweet, which normally don’t crave. I suppose it’s my brain playing tricks on me!

    • 6.1

      Thank you Hailey! So sweet. I have been craving sweets like CRAZY but then again I have a wicked sweet tooth. I’ve had several headaches already which I’m sure are from sugar withdrawal : )

  7. 7

    Oh my wow, Paula! You have definitely counted every last penny! I havn’t done this and found that it is more difficult that I had expected! Not in the budget wise, but the small things like spices. How do you account for that? I’ll need to do a new post on this challenge today!


    • 7.1

      Thanks Diana! I have had to bust out the calculator. With the smaller items I have had to “guesstimate” & I try to err on the high side just in case ; )

  8. 8

    lovely, interesting post.

  9. 9

    Yeah… our most successful “cheap” eating endeavors have always ended up being vegetarian. You can buy hoards of beans for the price of a roast. So, you’re doing a fantastic job, if you ask me.

    What’s next? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 9.1

      Thanks Lo! Tonight I’ll be posting yesterdays eatings & goings on…Dinner was a dee-lish (vegetarian LOL) Teriyaki Stir Fry Veggies & Steamed Rice!

  10. 10

    I think I’d go nuts!! especially since I’m gone 10 – 11 hrs out of the day. there’s no telling WHATS being eaten while the “cats” away! LOL. more power to you.

    • 10.1

      I’m thinking I should probably add a couple of dollars at the end of the challenge & put it under just in case ; ) LOL You’re right. There’s no tellin’

  11. 11

    You have one GORGEOUS website!!!
    This sandwich looks great.

  12. 12

    oh my I love these pulled pork sandwiches, they look so tasty

    • 12.1

      Thanks Jessie! They were quite tasty (even with the hamburger buns ๐Ÿ˜‰


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