During holiday breaks from school it's easy. You avoid the whole "Mom I'm hungry" issue by sheer luck. Teens like to sleep. So, I let them sleep in. Like now, it's 11:57am and my youngest just came down stairs, found some stale croissants from Christmas day and seemed genuinely excited to find ramen soup in the making.
$ SAVING TIP ~ For the household with $0.00 food budget ~ On sale, four packages of Ramen soup and a bunch of green onion: Total $1.50 (approx).
Dinner under $10.00: Pork chops - skillet fried, and Knorr garlic pasta shells satisfactorily fed four. Dad took the boy by the grocery store for his dinner - "on sale" frozen pizza - after picking him up from job at bookstore.