So, I know that today is March 3rd, but Nate and I have made a goal for the rest of the month. Let me preface this by saying this: for a young couple we have a lot of food storage. In our garage we have an extra freezer with fish, chicken, frozen pizzas and more, and we have shelves that hold our boxed and canned goods (pastaroni, hamburger helper, cake mixes, tomato sauce, corn, beans, etc.) and we have 5 gallon buckets that hold rice and flour. We recently organized these shelves, and looked at the expiration dates of the boxes and things we had, and unfortunately we had to throw away several boxes of food because the dates on them were not a few months old, but one or two years old.
So after talking about how much we spend on groceries each month, and realizing that for 2 people we spend way too much. In the past 6 months our average grocery bill has been 320 dollars. And our average amount spent eating out is 110 dollars. That’s 430 bucks a month on just food!
This month our goal is to not buy any groceries except milk and eggs. We also aren’t going to eat out this month (hopefully our frozen pizzas will fill that void) Note: we have a few things in our fridge and actually bought a few things at the store yesterday before making this goal, ie. cheese, onions, a pepper, cilantro, frozen pizzas, frozen rolls, pop tarts, milk, cereal, etc and we went to Carl’s Jr on Thursday and Farr’s Frozen Yogurt on Friday, so we’re starting at minus 55 already :(.
My point is, because this is a cooking blog, and this affects the things I will be cooking for the month I wanted to let you know what our plans are. And I will let you know how we are doing on the blog. Of course I will still post the recipes I am making, there just might be a lot of pasta recipes, or black bean soup recipes, and I’ve still got sugar and chocolate chips, so maybe some dessert recipes too. And I will let you know if we have any slip ups as well. I’m hoping we will really be able to do this; to not only save money but to clear out our soon expiring food storage as well. And if we are actually able to save 400 dollars this month, not spent on groceries, we have promised ourselves a 50 dollar spending bonus each (hope you don’t think that’s excusing the validity of this experiment – we would still be putting an extra 300 into savings.)
So there you go. That’s the plan for the month of March on the daughter side of this blog. Hope you’ll stay along for the journey.