Monday, January 24, 2011

Cut the budget...

We've recently cut our grocery budget by half.  It's important to me to  try and still eat as healthy as possible on a much lower budget.  We do our best not to purchase any of the "staple" processed foods such as condensed soups, seasoning packets (think taco seasoning), pre-made meals, etc.  We DO however usually purchase store-made bread, dressing, etc.

Because of our newly reduced budget I have had the fun challenge of making as much as I can from home to save a buck or two.  Spencer wasn't "wild" about the idea at first but when he tasted a turkey hot dog on a homemade whole wheat hot dog bun, his mind was changed.  We've been eating homemade hot dog buns, hamburger buns, bread and rolls, pasta, taco seasoning, and even Italian dressing. 

We've gone back to the basics with our meals eating down-home staples like beef stew, hamburgers with homemade oven fries, and homemade sausage/egg/cheese breakfast sandwiches.

It's certainly been a challenge, but a fun one!  Can you imagine what it was like years ago when nothing came pre-made from the store?  Maybe I'll get to a place where I buy nothing but whole foods and make everything else myself... maybe.

1 comment:

  1. I have recipes to make homemade chicken stock & beef stock & cream of mushroom soup (all gluten-free) in the crockpot so we can be cheaper, gluten free & less "processed" ourselves. I don't care for bread much & I grew up making that all from scratch for 4-H, but it's not as hard as people think. And it does save money! Good for you!!