Well… donuts are verboten so lets talk about dollars.
I have a rule in my house that goes like this:
We don’t throw out food.
That’s it. There is no food throwing out… if the porkchops end up dry and over cooked, that’s too damn bad because that’s what’s for dinner… All those veg that I steam and roast in anticipation of the week? They’re all eaten and not a single shred of Brussels Sprouts goes to waste.
This is night and day compared to the food situation I’ve been involved in, in the past. I hate to be wasteful and I really loathe taking out the garbage and emptying the compost so it’s in my best interest to eat that which I bring into the house and that which I cook. That being said, I feel that there is room in my cooking and feeding routine to save some money. Lots of money is saved, comparatively speaking, from when I had less control over my food environment and things were thrown out constantly, but I believe that I can sharpen up my current feeding tactics and make it cheaper and I have a great reason to try.
I’m planning on hiring a weight lifting coach here in town. I just sent an email to him to give him some background of my story and see if his philosophy and gym fits with what I’m looking for. I’m hoping that he will agree to take me on as a client and give me direction and plans so I can work out myself between our sessions. The rate is reasonable but in order to make it work in the budget, I need to try and get my food purchases to be more efficient.
So for 14 days I’m going to document everything I eat. Not in oz or grams or calories, but in dollars to see where my meals can be made more cost effective and where I am already doing well (I think breakfast is pretty good). I will then take these two typical weeks and create from them a food budget.
And you’re in luck! I’m going to share that information here with recipes where applicable. I already know I have some great cost saving meals and recipes, so I’m hoping that I can tweak and adjust them to make them very valuable in the consumption department and very invaluable in the monetary department.
I’ll also post back and let you know if the weightlifting coach is going to work out and share my journey on that with you.
If you have any money saving recipes or tips/tricks that you’d like to share, please feel free to leave them in the comments and feedback on the meals and expense will be appreciated too. This will all start on Monday so I get two weeks and two weekends in the ‘study’, however since I eat a lot of the same stuff every week, I will start working on the math now.