In The Kitchen Wednesday
this is where we will share ideas/tips/recipes/stories and our love for food......
I think Sister Duvall asked me first because I am the Oreo Truffle Queen....or because I already have a food blog....or maybe it is because I LOVE food.... either way, I am happy and honored to get to do this!
I get the whole month of May.....sooo here we go....
Today the Food For Thought is...... saving money.
We all like to go out to eat, and a lot of us eat out at least three to four times a week (especially after church with all of our church family). However, it isn't pocketbook friendly to spend $40 4 times a week....that is $160 a week on food that you don't finish, take it to go, then forget to eat the leftovers before they go bad....(well that is how it works at my house) Do you know what kind of damage I can do with $160 a week!!?!?!?!
Here are a few of my tips (tried and true) to saving money in the kitchen.
Coupons Coupons Coupons!
They DO work people...you just have to know how to work them. I have done a written a blog on this before about how I saved double what I paid just on things I use everyday.
There are many many many ways to organize and use coupons. The way I do it is I go to http://www.thegrocerygame.com/ and there it will let you know which exact coupon to use and how to best use the sales....the website will give you directions and such.. The basics are
clip the coupons
file them according to where they are located in the store
get the weekly circular of your grocery store
find the sales (note some stores double and triple coupons)
match the coupon to the item on sale and go have a good time saving cash!
Make sure you use your leftovers! Especially the meats because in a meal that is what is most expensive (most times) Here are a few things that are made for dinner, and how they can be turned into a leftover/new meal.
Meatloaf = Sloppy Joes / Spaghetti
Roasted Chicken = Chicken Salad Sandwiches / Chicken Tortilla Soup
Roast = Hash / Smothered Beef and Rice
That is just a few things I can think of off the top of my head...but I will share more if you need them.
Kids snacks are oh so important.. but something I learned early on is this...make sure you get your kids and yourself snacks you WILL eat. Not ones you HOPE to eat because you want to be healthy or eat better. I have wanted the kids in my home to eat more healthy. So I bought all sorts of fresh veggies and fruits. Come to find out they only like to snack on peaches and green apples and sometimes grapes. So all the celery, carrots and other things I would buy would go to waste (that is if I can't incorporate them into my dinners). It is important to get the kids to try new things so pick a theme each week, buy that item and go for it, don't try a billion new veggies this week and waste your money on it. In fact look at the sales ad at your local store, and start with the things on sale. This week strawberries, next week melons....prepare them different ways, (on top of yogurt, sliced, in a smoothie etc.)
A few random tips of the trade ..
With all of this, you can save your family money and utilize your refrigerator to it's fullest capacity! Use the coupons, use the leftover, snack smartly, and remember random money saving tips will leave extra dollars in the bank...and because we are talking about the kitchen...here are a few products you can save the saved dollars for....
OH WAIT....that is MY wish list....nevermind, think of your own use for that saved cash!
Have a great Wednesday, see ya next week!