HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR GROCERY BUDGET? Consider going without shopping for an extended period of time. Try it for one month and see if you can extend it from there. How? Here are some ideas:
- Take an inventory of everything you have in your fridge, freezer(s), pantry, and cold storage room (if you have one).
- Meal plan based on what you have in your inventory.
- Research recipes on how to incorporate ingredients into your meal plan.
- Include in your meal plan at least 1 weekly meatless meal.
- Beans, lentils and rice are great ingredients you can use to make casseroles that are meatless yet still provide a filling meal.
- YES, it means you might have to cook more, but it will be nutritious and make you feel so much better both from a healthy perspective, but mentally as well.
- Freeze milk ahead of time or make your own powdered milk. If you don't use dairy milk, you could make your own coconut milk (find recipe here) or almond milk.
- If you run out of food items you need, research recipes on how to make it yourself. For example, if you run out of salad dressing, if you have oil, vinegar and some spices, you can make your own. You can even make your own mayonnaise with things in your pantry. Stay tuned for an upcoming recipe series on homemade replacements.
- You might be asking yourself, what happens when I run out of fresh produce? If you have canned or frozen vegetables in your pantry, use them up. If you are a canner like me, you could start using up your home canned vegetables and fruit instead of them sitting like trophies on the shelf.
THE BENEFITS - YOU WILL ....
- use up what you have in your house and NOT WASTE precious food.
- eat healthier and feel better
- save a ton of money and perhaps allow you to put the money you saved towards something else that you wouldn't otherwise have been able to purchase
- change your habits for the better
- feel good about challenging yourself and succeeding
- value your food more