In our last post we discussed how to feed your family of four on 100 dollars a week, but we weren’t able to get though all of the tips. So this week we continue with a few suggestions on how to accomplish this rather lofty goal.
As cold weather approaches, consider a diet of soups and stews. First of all, stew and soup meats are generally cheaper than many of the prime meats you’ll be serving for your entré. But in many cases, particularly with a slow simmer, they can be less fatty. Also, load-up your soups and stews with potatoes and other vegetables and you’ll have all the ingredients that you need as a main course.
Well, of course, these tips must include some comments about leftovers. As a country, we throw a tremendous amount of food away; in fact, nearly half our food is tossed in the garbage. Don’t let that happen to you. Leftovers can be turned into stir-fry, noodles can be used again in soups or with a different sauce, and large casseroles can be wrapped tightly and be another entré a few days later.
When it’s freezing outside, make it freezing inside. Produce of all sorts is just fine to purchase in the frozen food aisle of your grocery store. Fruits and vegetables can be added to any meal, and when prices for fresh go up in winter, your prices will go down because you’ve found some terrific deals on frozen produce.
Don’t keep going to the grocery store, that’s a sure-fire way to break the budget. If you can, go once a week and stock-up. There’s no question about it, the more trips you make, the more you’ll spend, and the more you spend, the less likely you’ll be able to maintain the $100 per week budget.
And here are a few extra bonus tips. Never, ever go to the grocery store when you’re hungry. You’ve heard it time and again, but it’s the truth. Think about growing your own vegetables in summer, that could also help the budget. And finally, don’t forget to make a few things yourself – the list is endless from salad dressings and dips, to jams and desserts.
Most of all, be sure to have some fun with this challenge, and when you want to reward yourself for your successful efforts, be sure you do – go ahead and splurge once in a while.