Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Purging and eating my way to frugality

So I'm working on finances, and part of that is budgeting and practicing frugality. It is a good thing I have been poor (and still am but not as poor) before and I know how to be frugal. This is nothing new to me.

So I decided one thing I need to work on is the food bill, while I still want to eat healthy (as that is a goal this year is to loose weight), I need to do that in an economical way.

Step 1: I will be using up everything I already have in the house and will not replace until I use all of these things, minus perishables like bread, milk, meat....

I have already used almost all of the meat so I will need to make a trip to the store soon. This will be hard not to buy some snack or another, or additional ingrediants to make things we enjoy.

After this I will go onto Step 2, which is meal planning, coupon cutting, freezing meals etc... As I journey through this I'll post some of the great meal finds in the grocery strike and some of the not so great meals too, so you all can read my progress.

Wish me luck!!


jeanie said...


Planning with Kids has a free meal planner thingy - http://planningwithkids.com/2009/01/10/launching-free-menu-planner/ - thought it might be handy!

Oh - and my greatest hint for frugality and health in the kitchen?

Extend with lots of veges!!

Kari said...

Thanks for the tip Jeanie. I'll check out the link, it should be very handy especially given Sabrina's palate. Which of course you know all about that kind of thing.

Good thing Sabrina loves veges, and so do I :)

Rachel said...

I am trying to cut back on the 'extras' too. Not so easy, is it?
BTW, I tried to email you, but the link didn't work. But thanks for your support and encouragement the past week!

Kari said...

Your welcome Rachel. Just email me at Kari.Maki@gmail.com and I'll see if I can figure out this link thing.

Nope not so easy to cut back at all. I have no idea what I'll cook for dinner tonight. Last night I was at a friends and the night before too as Sabrina was with her dad.

Rachel said...

I am going to be looking for heat tape on my lunch hour today...living here all my life, I've never even HEARD of this!!!!

A+ Financials said...

I am trying to cut back on dining out, not easy huh?

Good Luck with the plan!

Rachel said...

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