1. Meatless one night a week. For us, that means a bean dish. Taste great and has the protein we need!
2. Soup once a week regardless of the weather. I left the “soup is for winter” theory behind! Chicken noodle is a current favorite 🙂
3. Buy the bone. I am doing the math and meat in almost all forms is cheaper on the bone. Yes even accounting for the weight, it is still cheaper. I use the bones & leftover bits for broth for the freezer to even make my pennies stretch.
4. If I can be made at home, I will do it! Tortillas might be cheap but I have all the ingredients in bulk to make them at home, so nothing is cheaper than already paid for. 🙂
5. Learn what you really want. We gave up things in order to eat better and frugally. We continue to stretch ourselves to give up more. We have a new saying here and its our motto, “We eat to live, not live to eat.” Food nourishes our body not our emotions. Once we can past emotional eating, it helped.
6. Portion control. The star of our meals is veggies, 2nd to meat and last to starches. 🙂
What we gave up:
Cereal (starting this week I realized it was a money eater & unhealthy)
Store bought breads
Brand names (I let go of my Cascade this week as well)
Organic (not to say if it is the cheapest option I wouldn’t buy it, I would)
Raw milk (sniff sniff)
Farm Fresh Eggs (wahhhhh)
Things We are considering:
Salad Dressings (might go back to making our own)
Trash bags (use Wal Mart bags)
egg noodles (makes no sense since I can make them other than WW ones are $.74 at WM)
We are still working on it! But so far those are things that help us. Hope this helps others. 🙂
Menu and pictures coming tomorrow!