Can I say that dinner time is one of the times of the day I dislike the most. So many times I don’t know what I want to eat, the kids don’t have anything they are really hungry for. We can’t have mac n cheese and tacos every night, which are our fall to meals when nothing is planned and I don’t want to or don’t have the money to order fast food.
With the move and everything going on here food sometimes really is the last thing I am thinking about, unless its my ice cream for when I watch White Collar (my weekly treat for myself)
I do like to cook, and am not afraid to try new things. But the kids tend to want things plain. Even the Chicken Tiki Masala I made last week the day we had our cable moved over did not interest them. That dish was easy to make, and while it had veggies they were big easily identifiable and avoidable. But dinner was very late that night and both kids had frozen dinners around 6 instead of dinner with me at 8.
It can be hard finding things that I like, the kids like and that won’t break the bank. This is like walking on a tightrope and juggling at the same time, both things I can do singly but when done together I’m still moving very slowly.
This is where Your Grocery Budget Toolbox comes in. This book goes through how to est up a budget for you groceries, even telling you approximate percentages for dairy, meat. produce, grains, and even good fats. I’ve never seen the budget broken down this way and I have to say that I like the guidelines that are presented. Only time will tell if the suggested percentages are right for us but I do like having a starting point. In this book there is also a printable to help you set up your budget for all your expenses.
The dreaded price book, now I have tried this before and I do agree that it helps but constantly keeping it updated is something I struggle with. But if you really want to maximize your saving you need to do this. And what is nice there is a printable for starting your price book. There are also suggestions on the different ways you can keep your price book.
With this move I also made the decision that I want us to eat healthier. Now for us this is going to be a process, and I will probably be leading by example since my 2 are pretty dependent on their not so healthy snacks. This also means I will be making our main meals as healthy as I can. I can’t go all organic right away so I am going to take baby steps to get there. I’ve decided to start with all organic eggs and milk, and as much produce as I can afford on a given week. Meats right now are pretty intimidating price wise to me. So for now I’m going to try to go for the higher quality meats. With the hope that once this becomes routine and I’m more used to this cost increase I can then move over to organic meat too.
Once a month cooking is also discussed in this book, and oh do I wish I had a bigger fridge. But since I don’t I am making the most of the small freezer space I have. Like yesterday after stocking up on fruits and veggies I stocked the freezer with smoothie bags, and bags filled with meal sized portions of fresh veggies. So now even if I might not have a go to meal planned for the day I at least have veggies in the freezer to use and my morning smoothie just needs milk and yogurt added to it and I’m ready to go.
Coupons, which I try to use but finding the time and patience to do this all the time is another thing I struggle with. The Do It Yourself foods chapter gives you hints on how to make your own food from scratch. Another things I am working hard on implementing. You will find a cake mix from scratch here, brownies and pancakes. By making things from scratch you will also be saving yourself some money, and eating healthier since you know what is in your food.
If this isn’t enough for you, there are ways to even boost up your savings more by having your own garden, canning and other ways to prolong what you already have. And in ending there is a chapter on how to save on things via the internet. Here you will find sites that can help you save more money or even make some extra money.
All in all I really do like this book, in its 156 pages you will find tons or resources and suggestions on how to save money and eat healthier. Things that I think would benefit each and every one of us, I know I’ve already benefited from reading this book.
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My over all rating for this book is 5 / 5 stars
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