Well, here we are, halfway through the month, and I have already overspent my grocery budget. Trust me, this should not surprise anyone. I am the WORST when it comes to grocery shopping - I want what I want, and the list is more of a jumping off place than anything else. I'm really trying to give the budget some renewed focus, though, so I pretty much need to just stick with buying the essentials till February.
Fortunately, this should be fairly easy. I did a big grocery shop today, and tonight I sat down and made a list of two weeks' worth of weeknight meals, and I have plenty of food on hand to cover the weekends, too - I was just focused on the weeknights for now.
My goal is to get through the rest of the month only buying milk and a bag of salad. Here are a few things I intend to do to help make that happen:
- bake bread for my daughter and I to eat (we have a loaf of bread in the freezer for hubby's lunches - he won't eat homemade bread).
- make a batch of cheese crackers for snacking (the white cheddar Wheat Thins are VERY popular around here - we go through about two boxes a week and we're currently almost out). I have a couple of recipes I can try out, and I've been telling Caitlyn that we'd do this for a while now, anyway.
- make homemade tortillas for our chicken enchiladas
- for breakfast, instead of our usual almost-daily yogurt and cereal, we can have oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, muffins,etc.
- for lunch, instead of our usual lunch meat, cheese, and crackers or bread, we can have leftovers, soup (from a can or homemade), lentil-rice balls, or quesadillas (once I make the tortillas, of course!).
Those are just a few ideas to start out with. I'm sure I'll come up with others as I think about it. We'll still be over budget, but I'm hoping to minimize the damage as much as possible!