Sunday, November 7, 2010


I'm on a quest to cut our food budget in half each month and yet, eat better. It sounds impossible, but I've been bad about buying more than necessary the last few months and we've been eating out too often, so there is quite a bit that can be cut from our current budget. Still it will be like going from 60 to zero...

Still. It is time. We are ready for phase three of our adulthood which hopefully will involve saving enough to buy the house/property that will see our kids into their own adulthood and us into retirement. So the challenge will be worth it.


* Photo is of two tiny clay houses that our Cousin Traveling Amy brought back for us from Brazil. If I could I'd shrink us down and move into them. They are so cute.


Deb said...

Ooh, I love those houses. Good luck on your mission.

Jen said...

Suggestions? Of course!

1. Take an inventory of what you have in the fridge, cupboards and freezer.

2. Use that inventory to plan meals around what you already have. Plan as far out in advance as you can - or plan a one- or two-week rotation.

3. Use the sale ads to fill in with whatever groceries and fresh items you need for the week. I would suggest coupons, but you mentioned you are trying to eat better (healthier?) and often coupons tend to be for everything bagged, boxed and canned. I still use them, though, to stock up our emergency food stash. :)

I keep telling myself that one of these days I'll start a price book for myself to keep track of the best prices in the local stores on the items I buy the most often. I'll let you know if I ever get around to it. ;)

Heather said...

Girl, we should talk. At length.

Boris Andreev said...

Hello there!

Very nice blog :)
And I LOVE the footer you got here at the bottom of the page!!!


val said...

Would you like my recipe for scalloped potatoes? I used to make it on weekends when the kids were home from college. You can feed a lot of people for a few bucks with that. love, Val

val said...

Who is this 100% person? Can you read this print? You are so talented. --V

candyn said...

Deb, I love those little houses too. I melted a bit when I first saw them I think.

Jen - Good suggestions! I used 1 and 2 last week, but need to work on the whole sale ad thing more. I started a price book too, I used to have one and it was useful.

Heather, you are the queen of frugal. I bow to you.

Boris, thanks for commenting. I checked out your blog and you are an amazing artist. I think creating art and being able to sell it for a living is triple fun too. I'd love to try it some day.

Val, I'd love your recipe. Any recipes actually. The 100% person was a spammer. I made him go away.

Sparklee said...

While we were out of town, mice took over our kitchen! I felt so guilty as I threw out half the food in our pantry! Now I'm on a mission to be frugal and keep the waste to a minimum.

Good luck with the budgeting! We are also guilty of eating out too much when we're busy. It's an easy trap to fall into, but it's expensive, and usually not very healthy either.

Spirituality 101- self preservation said...

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candyn said...

Sparklee - A kitchen taken over by mice can't be a fun thing to come home too! Good luck to you on the frugal mission too. So far I've done both amazing and horrific on my budget plan. Not so easy to start in Nov. for me in retrospect as it is a mega birthday/holiday month. But I shall persist.

Spirituality 101 - Thanks for your nice comments and welcome to my blog! I checked out your blogs and they look wonderful, I'm happy to follow them. You are right though, I don't get a ton of time to keep updated on my favorite blogs lately. This month I haven't been checking on my own enough it seems. :0) But we all just do what we can, right?