I know I’ve written ad nauseum about this topic in the past, but let’s face it … with gas prices reaching to nearly $4 a gallon, everyone is looking at various ways to save some pennies … wherever they can find them.
For my husband and I – and it’s likely easier for us because we’re a duo and not a family with children – whenever we need to save some money, the first place that we can look is our grocery budget. Which really isn’t a budget, my spending is a reaction on whatever I want to make during any given week.
So if you’re like us, establishing a grocery budget just may be step one.
Beyond that, the blogosphere has been full of articles and posts lately from frugal writers who are looking for ways to stretch a buck in the kitchen and to be better stewards of their money, as well as natural resources at the same time. Here are some good one’s I’ve been collecting lately. Financially, my husband and I are in a good place, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to start eating a bunch of processed crap because we can afford to:
First off, I’m currently obsessed with Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s website. Every time I look at an article that’s been written, I find myself learning something new or bookmarking a recipe that I want to try. (Which goes back to my need to stick to a grocery budget!) There’s something about Samuelsson’s writing and his food philosophies that make eating organic and choosing whole foods seem accessible. Here’s a post on his site regarding how to save money despite rising food costs.
Another experiment that I’m looking forward to trying in the new future – making my own salad dressing. First off – I’m not a huge salad fan but I think if I spent a little bit of time and a minimal amount of elbow grease, I could be eating entire heads of romaine, just to bask in how awesome it is to make my own dressing. Here’s a couple of links for homemade dressing recipes. (Although I recently discovered how amazing a salad can be dressed simply with some good extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper … decadent!)
9 Tasty Homemade Dressings from Food Your Way.net
Homemade Ranch Dressing from An Oregon Cottage
Here’s a blog post that takes a dinner staple – chicken – and stretches one bird and $26 over … wait for it – 17 MEALS! And we’re not just talking chicken sandwiches … this person made curry, Mexican dishes … amazing! And of course, you can always use the leftover chicken carcass for homemade chicken stock.
Here are a couple of sources regarding food storage … as someone who has been known to make science experiments in her fridge, I cannot say enough about the importance of good food storage. Cheap food is not a deal if it’s just going to moulder in your crisper …
Bottom line is that frugal eating doesn’t need to be limited to living on Ramen noodles for a week until the next paycheck comes in. (Although I have done that and don’t mind it one bit – I lurve me some Ramen.)
In the words of Alton Brown, “… I bid you good eating!”
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