So, I am planning a new experiment for this month (May). I am going to be trying to spend only $100 on groceries. For the month. Luckily, if I felt like letting us go without proper nutrition (fruits and veggies), I could feed us without too many dinner repats with nothing but I have on hand in my pantry and freezer for at least a month. But since I would like to keep it nutritious and a little varied, I am actually going to go shopping. But I am thinking of different strategies for this.
- I am only planning 5 days out of each week. Weekends, we eat with my folks a lot, and we can clean out leftovers each week, too.
- I am strictly following my rules on buying meat: nothing boneless for more than $2/lb and nothing bone in for less than $1/pound. And if I don’t have at least 2 favorite recipe I can think of off the top of my head for a particular cut, I ain’t buying it. – Couldn’t think of a reason to stock up on split chicken breasts at 99 cents a pound, not when I have a freezer full of chicken! 🙂
- I am going to try to do at least one meatless dinner each week.
- Rice, noodles, biscuits, potatoes, or some other cheap but filling starch at every meal. More filling from cheap starch, less meat needed.
- I have a whole turkey and a whole ham and a slab of corned beef in my freezers. Lovely, but it’s not doing me any good frozen whole. ^.^ I am going to get them out and cook them up, and then freeze lots of portions out from them. I should be able to get 3 dinners from the corned beef, at least 5 from the ham, and probably 7 from the turkey (about a 9 pound bird, that I am going to try to shove in my crockpot to cook!).
- And one soup night each week.
That’s my strategies so far. I will prolly come up with more. I started with my last shopping trip, on Sunday. I spent $40 on food (not counting animal food or non-food items). So $60 for the next 3 trips. We’ll see if I can do it.