One of the best ways to make the most of your grocery budget is to ensure that leftovers don’t sit in the refrigerator and spoil. Our grandmothers possessed this skill, but it seems to have been lost over the years. One of the complaints that I frequently hear from people is that their family members don’t like leftovers. Another complaint I hear is how expensive meat has become. My solution to both of these problems is the Leftover Makeover. First, purchase fewer pieces of meat during your weekly grocery trip. Then, turn the leftovers into something different, and your […]
Regular visitors to Patty Cake’s Pantry will know that I recently completed my $25 per week grocery budget experiment. I was inspired to try this by a blog post written by Amanda from The Fundamental Home. Since I live in Southern California, I wondered if it would be possible to replicate her success. As usual, I convinced my friend, Angie, from Kitchen Southern Hospitality to join me on this challenge. We both struggled, at times, with adhering to our strict budget, and we both had to think about what we really needed to purchase in order to be able to […]
The sixth week of our $25 grocery budget challenge is finished, and I will no longer be posting my grocery hauls and menu plan here on Patty Cake’s Pantry. This challenge has been a learning experience for all of us, and I was surprised that I didn’t feel like we were deprived during this time. Except for my refusal to buy soft drinks, no one had any complaints. I bought soft drinks for our family during my over budget, third week on this challenge. Since soft drinks have no nutritional value, and they are expensive, I am attempting to relegate […]
This is going to be my last week posting this experiment, but I plan to continue with a more restrictive grocery budget until the week before Thanksgiving. I think that I will follow Amanda’s lead, and allow $30.00 per week for our family’s groceries, but I know that as long as I have a plan, and stick to it, I will be able to adhere to this budget without our family feeling deprived. This week, I did something different.
The fifth week of my challenge has come and gone, and we did much better this week than last, but we continue to have difficulty with adhering to our menu plan. Sue Chef pointed out that it has been a month, and we have still not had pulled pork sliders or Linguine with Clam Sauce. She’s right, but fortunately, the ingredients for those two dishes are safely stored in the freezer and in the pantry. She also pointed out that the Menu Board really is a Suggestions Board. This is true.
After last week’s disaster, and the previous two weeks of being over budget, I knew that I needed a better plan, so I headed out for my shopping trip with a list in hand that I intended to follow. This week I skipped the produce sale at Vallarta, and shopped only within a few miles of my home. I was determined to stick to within one dollar of my $25.00 budget. I checked what I had in the house that I needed to use up, planned our dinner menu, and left the house armed with a detailed list.
This week’s review is about the cost of not having a good plan. You will recall that during my third week of this challenge, I went to the store without a plan. I purchased what was on sale, and what seemed like a good idea, but I didn’t have a plan for how I would be using those items. Because I didn’t have a plan, I didn’t know how much I would need for the week. Because I hadn’t planned my menu for the week, I didn’t complete any weekend prep work. Added to this, my work schedule has been […]
After spending more than twice the allotted $25 last week on groceries, I was committed to do my best to adhere to my budget this week. The problem was that this is an Aldi week. Once a month, Bus Boy has a doctor appointment in Civilization, and there’s an Aldi a few miles from the hospital. Whenever he goes to the hospital, we swing by Aldi to do our weekly shopping. I knew that this week was going to be a tough one. We ran out of milk early in the week. Instead of running to a neighboring town to […]
In spite of seriously overspending on my grocery budget this week, the rest of the week went well. We still didn’t make everything on our menu plan, but we ate enough of them that Sue Chef has agreed to leave the menu board alone. That’s definitely good news.
Up to this point, we have done fairly well with adhering to our $25 grocery budget, and we began this week’s shopping trip feeling optimistic, but because my work schedule has been crazy, I didn’t have the opportunity to really think and plan before heading to the grocery store. Instead, I headed to the store without a plan, and I hadn’t consulted my family regarding what they might like to eat during the coming week. As a result, things didn’t go as planned. I studied the sale papers, and since I would be in a neighboring community, I planned a […]