During these tough economic times, we all have to do our parts to manage our budgets wisely. Over the last couple of weeks, I have read very good tips on how to save money. One tip that I have decided to implement is to stop eating out so much. Besides the fact that it is expensive, it is also unhealthy. Our family has 6 members…..so even a trip to McDonalds can get pricey. I usually spend $20 or more at McDonalds. And since one pizza is not enough any more, ordering pizza is getting pricey too. I can cook at least 2 healthy meals for my family with that $20. And I bet someone that is skilled with using coupons and timing the grocery store sales can do a lot more with that $20…but I am not quite to that level yet.
But I have decided to cut out the extra spending on fast food. This is easier said than done. First of all, you have to plan your meals so that you have enough food to last you a week or two weeks. One thing you don’t want to do is to have to keep dropping into the supermarket several times during the week. Because you will end up spending more money than you expect.
The other week, I ran to the supermarket at least 3 times to pick up an item that I needed. The problem with that is that I saw something on sale and grabbed it…I saw something tasty..and I grabbed it… So each time I went, I ended up buying more than I really needed. The last time I went, cereal was buy one get one free. I could not pass that up. But when I got home, I saw that we already had two boxes of open cereal in the pantry…and now we have 4 boxes of cereal in the pantry.
I definitely learned that I need to plan out my meals before I go shopping. So far this week, I have not been to the grocery store once…but I fell off of the wagon and we had Chick-Fil-a for dinner on Thursday.
And this leads me to the point of this post. I am running out of things to cook. Now that I am cooking more, it seems like I am cooking the same things over and over and over: roasted chicken one night, barbecue chicken one night, spaghetti one night, meatloaf one night, …etc. And it does not help that my kids are finicky…so no stir fries for us. And as for the veggies, the selection is definitely limited: broccoli spears, green beans, corn kernels, corn on the cob, or cabbage. Those veggies are in heavy rotation around here. One night I thought I would switch it up, I bought a butternut squash and found a recipe on the internet to cook it. Needless to say there was a lot of squash in the trash that night and Lamar said don’t get that again.
What do you do to keep the menu fresh at home?
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