August 26, 2007

Delicious Savings

With my wife in-between jobs, we are working on stretching our dollars. One area we can have an immediate affect in is our grocery/dinning budget. We allocate $400/month to groceries and $130/month to dinning out.

Plain and simple, we waste too much food. My wife buys nice groceries so that we can enjoy delicious healthy meals together (she's an awesome cook), but sometimes these ingredients go bad before we get around to eating them. I'm especially guilty of letting my workouts and surfing get in the way of a nice meal together. When I’m in a hurry, I’ll pick something up on the road, compounding the problem (wasting food at home + spending unnecessary money).

So, we're consciously looking to see what food is about to expire, and eating it first.

Here’s and example: My wife bought ingredients to make Tex-Mex meatballs for a work potluck. Since her company laid everyone off, these ingredients have been sitting in our refrigerator. We also have a $50 Roy’s gift card that we’ve been wanting to use. Well, we spent Saturday at the beach and when we got home, Roy’s was sounding pretty good. However, we knew the Tex-Mex ingredients were close to expiration, so we did the right thing and stayed home for dinner. The meal was awesome and we have leftovers for today.

I know this sounds kind of a basic, but think about how much food you throw out each month. Stale bread, expired yogurt, moldy fruit, etc.

It all adds up.

4 comments:

Louise said...

so true!
I cringe now when I think about how wasteful we were in the past. Grocery savings has been one our biggest areas of savings, and yes we would throw out good food we just hadn't got around to eating. now i try and make 'old' vegies etc into soup and freeze it.

1MansMoney said...

Yeah, we're already seeeing some savings. Great idea with the old vegies, Louise.

-1MansMoney

Lynnae @ Being Frugal said...

I've been really working on this too. It is sickening for me to think of all the food we used to waste.

I'm really finicky about leftovers, so my biggest challenge is portion size. I want to cook enough, but not too much.

1MansMoney said...

Lynnae,

I act as the portion control now for our house. Whatever doesn't get finished at dinner, is my lunch the next day.

-1MansMoney