The last few months have been hard on us since my husband works on straight commission. With the economy the way it is, and all the storms we have had lately, people are not thinking of fixing up their houses. My husbands checks have been very small or nothing over the past 2 months.
The good news is that I know how to live on less. I have worked out a plan for when we are in times like this. I had a 4 week supply of food to help us when times got rough. But, are now reaching the end of our reserves.
I had $20 to spend on groceries this week. Now most people would think that its impossible to work with, but I think differently!
It only took about 30 minutes at my desk (that is nice and clean now!!) to work out next weeks menu. I checked the pantry and found that we had another 2 weeks worth of rice, beans, spaghetti, and canned veggies. I also had 2 chickens left in the freezer. So, all I needed was one more chicken, fresh fruits, and cold items.
This is what I purchased for $20.74!!
1 chicken $5.72 (I can get 2 meals out of this!)
4 personal pizza's $ 2.00 ( On sale for 50 cents a piece! I love sales!!)
1 bag grapes $1.09 ( on sale for 99 cents a pound!)
1 pound bag baby carrots $1.69
1 gallon milk $3.69
1 dozen eggs $1.89
1 loaf bread $.89 (on sale!)
2 bags sunflower seeds $1.00
1 box of 12 fudge popsicles $2.49 ( a nice treat for my son!)
So, since I didn't buy cereal this week, we will have oatmeal, pancakes, or eggs with toast for breakfast. We will have soup, or leftovers for lunch. We will also have spaghetti, chicken, or pizza for dinner. I have 2 packs of cornbread mix, and plenty of flour for biscuits to go with dinner. And plenty of popcorn seeds to pop for dessert. Oh, and the fudge popsicles!
Everyone gets 3 healthy meals a day with 1 snack and 1 dessert! Not bad for only having $20!!
So, the key to saving money is to start with what you already have. When you find out what you have in your pantry and freezer, all you need to add are a few fillers.