I already try to watch what I spend on groceries but am always looking for more ways to cut grocery costs. I have decided to join Erin at The Many Days of the Dicarolis Family for her Back to Basics Challenge.
The first challenge, which I missed last week was to set your budget, for Erin's challenge it was to include both your grocery and toiletry items. I already have these budgeted my grocery budget is $450 per month and my toiletry budget is $125 per month for a family of six.
So far this month I have spent $229.47 of my monthly grocery budget and $45.52 of my toiletry budget.
This weeks challenge is:
To take inventory of your food storage!
Fridge, Freezer, Pantry, etc.
Once you have cleaned house and know what you have try to create
at least 5 "no cost" meals.
These can be meals to turn to when you are over budget/missing
ingredients for another meal, etc.
This challenge was easy for me. I have plenty of food available that I can throw together to create an easy meal. Here's what I have come up with for our "no cost" meals.
- Pasta - I have several boxes of pasta noodles plus I have canned spaghetti sauce and a freezer full of cut up tomatoes from the garden
- Ham - I have a whole ham in the freezer
- Turkey - I have a 20 pound turkey in the freezer
- Jennie O Turkey Breast Loaves - I have four of these which would mean 2 meals for us
- Sloppy Joes - I have already cooked hamburger and several cans of Manwich
- Shrimp and French Fries - I already have both in my freezer
- Canned Soup - we buy these when they are on sale and have a stockpile
- Convenience Meals - we have several frozen food entrees in our freezer, again we buy on sale and have a stockpile
- I have plenty of corn and green beans canned from the garden, and keep plenty of potatoes in the house so I always have plenty of sides
- Bean Soup - We have several bags of different types of dried beans that can be turned into soup
- I buy flour, sugar, and yeast in bulk so I can always make bread items from scratch
I am sure if I thought a little harder I could come up with more, but it is nice to know that we have plenty to choose from if we had to use up our stockpile.