Exactly how do you turn that around? How do you make your shopping experience with a strict budget more pleasurable? I have a few ideas to share with you.
- Make sure you check your pantry, refrigerator, freezer and cabinets for anything you use on a regular basis and need at the store and start a list.
- Check your grocery store flyer for what's on "sale".
- Make a menu plan: meal plan with the idea that if you purchase a protein what can you do with it to make another meal should you have left overs. Take a little time to visit my site or others to give you ideas. Just key in "left over make over meals".
- Avoid going to the store when you yourself are hungry. EVERY single items seems so much more attractive when you are hungry. Stick to the list.
- Scan the store Kiosk for what your rewards are. Many stores have them now. And there usually is something you will get for really cheap.
- And lastly, remember to take all your "green" bags as all stores discount for them and DON'T FORGET YOUR LIST.
I purchased an 8 pound ham which gave us a N.E. Boiled Ham Dinner, a large pot of Split Pea Soup with Ham and there is some ham left for sandwiches or a frittata or omelet. On sale cheese was used in a Baked Macaroni and Cheese dinner. The bone in Country Style Pork Ribs will turn into a braised recipe. The one pound package was on sale for $1.00 per pound, cost us $4.10 and has 8 meaty ribs in the package. The next protein was the most expensive. A spoon roast for $3.99 per pound, a little over 3 1/2 pounds for $17.96. There is enough meat to feed 6-8 people comfortably for one meal or 4 people with left overs for sandwiches (cold or hot opens), or to make beef, peppers and onions over rice.
If you were to shop as I did, here's your menu plan:
- New England Boiled Ham Dinner with potatoes, carrots and cabbage
- Roast Beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, and vegetable. (I got on sale asparagus - $1.99 per pound.) Recipe to come.
- Braised Country Pork Ribs and rice and vegetable. (I have zucchini and mushrooms already for a saute on the side vegetable dish.) Recipe to come.
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Split Pea Soup with Ham
- Potato, Ham and Egg Frittata
- Ham sandwiches
- Roast Beef sandwiches