Category Archives: Food Budget

Save Money by Cooking with Whole Chickens

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Like most other people, I am always looking for a way to save money on our grocery budget. This is not something that comes easily for me. For the longest time, I was never really that interested in learning how to cook, so our grocery bill was high due to my purchasing lots of prepackaged items and convenience foods. However, once we started our family and I found out that both my daughter and I have food allergies, things had to change fairly quickly. Specialty items are expensive and they were killing our food budget, so one of the first things I learned how to do, was to start cooking using whole chickens.

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Ideas I Want To Try

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I’m one of those people who always has to try new things, as long as they aren’t dangerous, like sky diving or feeding sharks while scuba diving. I’m glad some people are brave enough to do those things, but I do have a line in the sand, and those definitely cross it. However, when it comes to saving money, I’m usually all for it. Therefore, I decided when I come across a neat idea to save some cash, I’d make a list so that I would not forget to give them a whirl. So without further ado…

First up, is freezing yogurt. Who knew? Not me. I’ve tried freezing milk and that didn’t turn out as planned, so I never tried to freeze anything dairy again besides ice cream. Then, I came across this older posting at The Humbled Homemaker.  Unfortunately, I found this the day after my favorite yogurt went off sale. I have that kind of luck, but next time I see a good deal I’m going to give it a try and see if it works.

Then I noticed that Colleen at 365 Less Things, had a repost of some questions you can ask yourself about how your decluttering is going. I am giving them some thought and maybe I’ll make a post about my progress so far.

And I love this idea of turning old flannel pj’s into napkins at Practical-Stewardship.com.  I do have some material on hand and since school is starting, what better time to try something. I’ll have to iron and measure these so as not to embarrass family when they are used in public. Bummer.

Froogs at Frugal Queen is a UK blog I’ve been reading for years. She really knows how to whip up some frugal dishes and she unknowingly inspired and helped me to learn how to quilt through some tutorials she has on her blog. The other day I came across her post about budgeting for Christmas and realized it was that time of year again. Yep, time to start planning in order to not rack up any debt over the holidays and not add any more clutter in the home.

Have you come across anything interesting you’d like to try?

*Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com.

Strategies That Helped Lower Our Food Budget

piggy-bank-621068_640After starting to read blogs such as Frugal Queen, I realized that we were spending way too much money for our food each month. Worse, we were wasting food. Usually it was produce and leftovers that got pushed to the back of the refrigerator shelves and were then forgotten.  To change this…

First I asked what everyone really liked to eat and I made a list of all those meals. Sadly, only one meal showed up for everyone: pizza. However, at least I knew what might be more likely to be eaten as leftovers.

Then I made a two week menu using those meals on the list.  I tried to balance each week out with meals made from chicken, beef, etc. and then left the vegetable selections more open in order to take advantage of seasonal items.  I also made some adjustments in order to make the overall budget more even for both the weeks.

Once I had the menu in place, I made a list of the ingredients needed for each week. I looked at each meal and wrote down every ingredient used and the amount. Then I combined like items together, for instance, if two meals needed pasta but only ½ a box each, I would list it as 1 box of pasta on the shopping list.

Finally I printed out each weekly menu back to back with the ingredients listed below. So before I go shopping I check my cupboards and mark off the items that are not needed. This way I don’t overspend or have too much of something that ends up going bad. It also enables me to stock up when I find a good deal on things that are easily stored.

So far this method is working for us.  I was able to shave a good $25 dollars off our budget each week but I’d like to make it more.  So what do you do in order to save money on your food bill and not waste food?