Are you tired like N-dog here, of constantly finding yourself stressed out while standing in the grocery store, not knowing what you`re going to have for dinner? Do you want to save more money on food? Are you tired of eating industrial, un-healthy food? Then keep on reading!
So.. this is embarrassing, but a couple of years ago, when BF and I moved in together, we both lived in small spaced dorms and shared kitchen with a lot of random (and
semi-crazy) people, so we didn`t like to spend much time in the common room, which means that we didn`t think about how much money we wasted on food. We went to expensive grocery stores because it was more convenient, we bought easy expensive industrial food, and shopped every day. Neither of us thought about how much we were really spending.
But then we moved into a house together and I started paying attention to what I ate due to my Fibromyalgia. That was 3 years ago, and I`ve had a steep learning curve and saved so much money! Approximately $5300 a year! That`s A LOT of money. We used to spend more about $900(!!) on food a month. I know, I know, but I did warn you, it was not my finest hour. …Continue reading
Monday: Pasta Penne with Bolognese
Tuesday: Pasta Tagliatelle with Bolognese
Wednesday: European Whole Wheat Pancakes with Oatmeal served with blueberries
Thursday: Fish au Gratin with grated Carrots
Friday: Chicken Wings with oven-fried potatoes, béarnaise sauce and salad
Saturday: Burritos with homemade tortillas and guacamole
Sunday: Shepherd`s Pie
Keep it Healthy, keep it Good
One of the biggest things that I save money on is buying groceries once a week. In order to do this thoroughly, without having to go back the next day, is to make a meal plan. There isn’t much space in our fridge, but we do have a big freezer, so we generally keep to one-week meal plans; which often include making big batches of food that can be frozen down.
When I make meal plans, we first discuss what we would like to have for dinner the following week, with a focus on balancing between chicken, fish and red meat. I also like to have a meat-free meal every week. I usually look into the cupboard, fridge and freezer first, making sure to use whatever we already have. Then I write down the things we would need to buy to cover 7 dinners, breakfasts and lunch for two. If my BF is working evening shift(s) that week, I usually don’t make any dinner that day, as it`s only me, and I don’t mind having some scrambled eggs and homemade bread for dinner. This way we save even more.
An example of a regular dinner meal-plan for us would be:
Monday: Tomato soup with Macaroni, boiled eggs and Fresh bread.
Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie
Wednesday: Chicken & Pasta Salad
Thursday: Fish au Gratin (a Norwegian casserole made with white fish, macaroni, and white sauce with a breadcrumb crust) with grated Carrot.
Friday: Pasta Bolognese & Salad
Saturday: Burritos with homemade Tortillas and Guacamole.
Sunday: pork Tenderloin with Creamy Potatoes au Gratin, Gravy and Broccoli
All of these dinners are homemade, so there are no scary additives or unneccessary sugar or salt.