Today as I was making my salad for lunch I wondered how much it actually cost. None of the items except the dressing were purchased using a coupon so these are all prices even non-couponers could take advantage of.
Here was my conclusion:
$.25: Dressing (the whole bottle was about $1.50)
$.18: Cucumber (cucmbers were $.33 each at Farmers Market and I used half of one)
$.75: Spinach (whole bag was $2.39)
$.10: Carrots (1 lb bag on sale for $.99)
$2.00: Chicken (organic, free range from Trader Joes)
$.13: egg (on sale for $1.35 a dozen)
The grand total: $3.41 for my yummy salad. That is MUCH cheaper than eating out- even off the dollar menu most of the time!