Menu Plan – February 2, 2014 – 10 Ways I Waste Money

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

Breakfasts:

  1. Shakes
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, Toast, fruit
  4. French Toast, fruit
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Eggs, toast, fruit

After rushing to church for far too many Sundays, we decided to change up our “normal” and start a new one – shakes.  Crepes take about half an hour to cook up the whole batch for us, then count time to sit and eat and clean up, well, it has often been the type of morning that we leave the dishes on the table and head off quickly so we aren’t late.  Compare that to shakes which take less than 5 minutes to make and 5 more to eat.  Why did it take so long to switch?  Well … we really enjoy crepes.  🙂

puff pancakes on plate with strawberries and blackberries and juice

Lunch:

  1. Eat Out (Unless there are icy roads, then it will be salami sandwiches and chips)
  2. Chocolate-chili, cornbread
  3. Salad
  4. Red Lentil Dal, bread
  5. Sweet-n-tangy Roasted Pork Loin, beets, steamed carrots
  6. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
  7. Grilled Peaches and Pork

Eating from the pantry collage

The picture above is of some of last week’s meals – all made from things we  had in the freezer or refrigerator. A little forethought can make eating from your pantry delicious and fun.  

Supper:

  1. Supper Bowl Party
  2. Breakfast for supper
  3. Bread, tomato, cheese
  4. Leftovers from freezer
  5. Salad
  6. TBD
  7. Tomato soup

inside of freezer

Last week I gave you a  list of 10 ways we save money (while having a husband who is a picky eater) and still enjoying foods we love.  After looking at that list, I was also reminded of the many ways we waste money.

Saving on your grocery bill is two sided – spend less and waste less.  I often see the focus being the first part, with the only tips on wasting less is using up leftovers.  Here are 10 ways we waste money on our grocery bill:

  1. Buying duplicate items – I get to the store and forget if I have a particular item at home
  2. Buying something when I could have substituted with something I already had on hand – example: buying diced tomatoes when I have quarts of home canned crushed tomatoes in the basement
  3. Letting items expire – example: “saving” the extra whipping cream for a recipe that calls for it (because it is expensive) but instead it turns before I can find a recipe to use it in
  4. Buying a lot of an item for someone, then that someone deciding they no longer like it – example: husband’s favorite cereal, then he decided to stop eating cereal for breakfast; our kids aren’t cereal people so it takes us a LONG time to go through cereal
  5. Giving/taking too big of a serving
  6. Not following a recipe – example: leaving the baking powder out of corn bread … it doesn’t raise in case you were wondering
  7. Burning food (so much so it is inedible) – this is often due to not paying attention or not planning ahead so as to start soon enough (I turn the heat up higher so it cooks faster)
  8. Forgetting my list at home or not making one at all
  9. Not keeping track of what I have spent or spending “just a few dollars more” on what seems like a great deal.
  10. Spending twice as much at the local grocer in Small Town because I forgot to pick up an item in Big Town when I was there.

While these may not seem like big items, they can really add up.  I know there are many other ways we waste money in this area of life.  It was hard to keep it to just 10.  🙂

I have been working on them and have made headway in several areas.  For example, we often don’t have enough leftovers for “Leftover Night” because I have made just enough each night for us to eat.  I’ve had to start having a back-up for Leftover Night.

What are some of your major “Budget Busters” when it comes to groceries?  Where do you seem to waste the most?

 

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For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.

Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s February’s Monthly Meal Plan.

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