Welcome to a new blog series for me at Mom’s Bistro. I am entitling it the “Grocery Budget Roundup.” I have been inspired by my loving husband D.J., to challenge myself to create delicious and nutritious meals for our family on a budget.
We are looking to get our own place, and stop burdening my father-in-law, so was a way to pinch a few pennies and give me something quite fabulous to blog about and share with y’all. Now, we have initially set our budget to a mere $40.00 a week. But, I have a little bit of wiggle room in there to make sure that I have the necessities I always need – like butter!
This $40.00 budget will limit my spending greatly, but holds great rewards; a new house and scrumptious meals. Like I just said, the $40.00 is limited to my base spending for my meals for the week for things like meat, veggies and dairy. It doesn’t include if I run out of my staple ingredients that I always have in my pantry, fridge and freezer.
Alright, so to get this ball rolling, I am starting with the inventory of my pantry, fridge and freezer. There are certain items that I always keep on hand, and use almost every day. Take a look in your cupboards and fridge and jot down a few notes of all those things you use all the time. Here is a list of my inventory;
– Butter (I stock up when it goes on sale and freeze it)
– Parmesan cheese
– Hot sauce
– A bag of frozen chicken breasts (when I am in a pinch)
– Mixed veggies
– Bacon (We always have an extra pound laying around)
– Salt and Pepper
– Brown sugar
– Corn starch
– Brown rice
– Pasta (all sorts of pastas- I stock up when they go on sale for $1.00 a box)
– Spices (the list below is a list of staple spices I use almost every week)
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Red pepper flakes
- White pepper
- Chilli powder
- Bay leaves
– Vanilla extract
– Baking powder
– Baking soda
– Rolled oats
The list seems super long, but, I am sure you have 90% of that on hand already. The next step is to inventory what you have laying around and what you can use to make dishes. I am sure we all have multiple bottles of BBQ sauce, and ketchup and salad dressings in our fridge door, and we probably all have something frozen at the back of the freezer. So, take a look and see what you have on hand. It’s amazing what can be made with what we have on hand. Think of it like you’re on Chopped – making use of the ingredients that they give you and nothing else.
Now here is your homework… Ugh, homework? Yes, homework. I promise you it’s not difficult, and it will only take a few minutes and greatly help in the long run. Sit down with your family and set a budget. Whatever it is you feel is acceptable for the week. Make sure to take into consideration left over nights and what you have on hand. Use your imagination you can come up with some pretty neat ideas.
Next Up: Shopping Around: Finding The Best Deals