I've been trying to get in the habit of living on an actual budget. But, it's rather difficult. I have a serious problem distinguishing between what I want and what I need. Maybe my blog readers can help keep me accountable?
I have an especially difficult time when it comes to our food budget. I buy too much produce that we can't eat in time. I'm terrible at using leftovers. I always need some fancy ingredient which drives up the cost of our grocery bill. I need a solution! I turned to the internet to discover how other people do it. Based on my in-depth research, it sounds like I need to do a few different things:
1) Plan my meals
2) Make meals based on what's on sale (especially meat and produce)
3) Use everything!
5) Simplify the menu
6) Pay with cash
|My well-(over)stocked freezer|
However, most of these things come with some difficulty. Planning my meals, using the sales to make my menu decisions, and couponing requires a lot of time. Simplifying the menu is difficult because there are so many delightfully inspiring things in my cookbooks and on Pinterest. Use everything...leftovers never taste as good, who needs two cups of heavy cream, and I really thought we'd use three heads of lettuce. Pay with cash, but the closest ATM for our bank is 15 minutes away. Ugh. There, now you know my excuses.
|Maybe a little refrigerator organization would help me to use everything in the fridge. Hmm.|
This week, we're having:
- Lemony Broccoli Pasta with Chicken and a Salad
- Roast Chicken, Mac 'n Cheese, and Salad
- BLTs with Mac 'n Cheese (leftovers!!), and Salad
- Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Pepper with Salad
- Chicken Quesadillas with Black Beans and Rice
- Chili with Cornbread
- Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Broccoli