Well, I think I have found my groove!
We using our bread maker almost every week, there is always the right ingredients in the cupboard and the kitchen is organized!
I am always trying to find ways to save money on food. First I thought I would do some research and see if anyone suggests how much I should be spending in the first place. I have figured out two numbers.
- Your weekly budget should be $3-$5 per person, per day.
- You should expect to spend 11%-14% of your take home, families income.
Right now we are spending about 11.5% and I think it would be awesome if I could manage 10%.
Now I just need to figure out how to do that!
I have slowly but surely figured out a few things.
- No Frills will price match. This was the first week I tried this. I felt a little disorganized - I grabbed the wrong name brand of frozen corn, forgot to get grapes... but I know it will go better next time.
- Make food from scratch. This one is tough. I remember working a 9 hour shift in Oakville and the 3 hour commute - there is no way I would have been able to make everything from scratch. Now, I have a lot more opportunities. I only work about 15 hours outside of the house and about 4 hours at home. Red is sleeping through the night. I have a bread maker (even though it is technically my husbands!)
- Buy in bulk. I had to hyper-organize the kitchen to make this work. I needed to have the room to store all that extra food.
- Buy when things are on sale (even if it isn't needed yet). I don't seem to get a big benefit from this one. I am trying to eat clean so I don't food that is full of preservatives; that has a long shelf life. Right now, this only seems to apply to my husbands shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and toilet paper.
- Cooking meals once a month and freezing them. I have just discovered this amazing site that gives you detailed instructions on how to do this. I just got all the ingredients for the March menu today. Including our extra snacks, meats and dairy purchases I spent $175. I am hoping this will last us 2 weeks - with a little left over for milk and such in the second week. Instead of using this menu as the site suggests (spreading out all the meals for the months), I am going to cram it all in for two weeks.
- Participate in a Freezer exchange group. If you are on Facebook, there is fan page that explains the whole idea.
- Apple Spice Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal
- Pumpkin and Nut Oatmeal
- Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins *
- Pumpkin Biscuits *
- Fruit Smoothies
- Mini Vegetarian Meatloaves *
- Broccoli Cheddar Biscuit Muffins *
- Mini Zucchini Muffins
- Pizza Dippers
- Rice Cakes
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Salmon Frittata and Salad (2 meals)
- Veggie Pizza and Salad
- Zucchini/Meat Burgers, Spaghetti Squash and Broccoli *
- Asparagus and Mushroom Quesadillas *
- Broccoli Cheese Stromboli *
- Spinach Meatballs and Pasta *
- Chickpea patties and Veggies *
- Greek-Style Quinoa Burgers with Pitas and Veggies *
Here's hoping this works!