The last few weeks I've been thinking about trying to save more at the grocery store. I think back to when we were first married and spent only $25 each week on groceries. And I think, "How in the world did I manage that?" Little pieces have been coming back to me slowly, and I want to write them down for my own sake, before I forget again!
- I worked from home, so it was easy to do time-intensive but not labor-intensive things, like make chicken broth, make bread, and cook dry beans.
- I made all our own bread. It definitely wasn't gourmet quality at first, but I did improve!
- We ate dry beans quite often.
- I bought my spices at the dollar store.
- We used whole chickens, which lasted many meals.
- We ate economical breakfasts, such as oatmeal, cornbread, rice. Always with eggs.
- I saved vegetable scraps to make broth.
- I left out or substituted expensive ingredients.
- I didn't let any food go to waste--it was sneaked into soup or frozen for future use. We had virtually no spoilage.
- Lunch was leftovers or tuna or peanut butter sandwiches.
- We ate fruit that was in season and on sale.
- I planned my menus around sales.
- I stocked up on basics when there was a great sale.
- I used only cash at the grocery store, and brought only as much as our budget allowed, plus an "emergency" $5 bill.
Read about a couple who ate on $1 each per day for a month as an awareness project. I wouldn't recommend it for health or variation, but it is really eye-opening to read their experiences. I recommend you start from the beginning of the blog.