It's that time of month again. I usually post the basics once a month for anyone new or as a reminder.
I started this blog when it was brought to my attention that people on SNAP were running out of money before they ran out of month. Food "stamps" don't come with directions. LOL.
Groceries on the cheap takes a three pronged approach at getting food on the table, cheap. Planning and organizing, shopping wisely and cooking from scratch. All scary thoughts in so,e people. It is not as intimidating as it sounds.
Planning and organizing.
Start by identifying the sources of protein that your family will eat. These need to be economical sources of protein. In our house that would be
Some cuts of beef
Now, list at least 7, preferably 14 meals that your family will eat that use these ingredients.
Gather the recipes if you need to.
Go over the recipes and list the ingredients you will use to make these dishes. ( the staple items: shelf stable. )
These will be your staple items. You should have 10-15 items.
In our house that would be
Some green beans
Instant mashed potatoes
The basic mantra is "never pay full price" you want to pay about 1/2.
When your staple items are on sale for the rock bottom price, you buy
1) as many as you can afford
2) as many as the store will let you buy or
3) as many as you need to fill I'm your space., whichever comes first
If I use something once a week, I keep 24. If I use something once a month, I keep 6.
Sales run on a 8-12 week cycle. Some people operate on a three month supply. I would prefer not to be on the edge. This won't happen overnight.
The money will happen because you are paying half price for your food.why pay 1.59 for a can of pasta sauce when can get two cans for less than 1.59. That is how you build stock.
There is not a lot of room on snap for expensive snack foods and ready made meals. There are tricks to make cooking as easy as the boxes! LOL. Taste better too.
Keep a notebook or a spread sheet on the computer of the items on your staple list.
Record on each top of page or line
Item and size of package
When purchased where, for what price and if you used a coupon.
Soon you will see a pattern and know hour rock bottom price. I post these periodically, bit that will only work if you live I'm the Seattle area, and my staples Re your staples.
Meat is a different schedule of sales. They usually rotate every week of the month. If you buy the loss leader every week on a rotating basis,you will be saving money and time.
Ie : chicken Grill packs were a dollar pretty much at all the chains a couple of weeks ago. I bought ten pounds of chicken. I de-boned the breasts (4 halves) and cooked the rest of the pack (hindquarters) I'm wTer with onion, carrot and salt and pepper. When the meat was falling off the bone, I let it cool, strained the broth and froze it in ice cube trays, and shredded the rest of the meat and packaged in on meal sizes portions. I have enough tp have chicken two nits a week for the rest of the month.
You can do the same with sausage, hamburger, and pork loin and sirloin roast.
You buy in bulk at the lowest price and cook ot all at once, less work and leas clean up. A win win situTion.
Make meal plans after you get home from the store. I have a formula. Your's might be different factoring what your family ears.
2 chicken or pork
I do it after I shop because often something is on unadvertised special, not available, or doesn't look good enough to eat.
Thanks for stopping by
might be different according to your families tastes.