This year, so far we are sitting at 55.00 a week. 17.00 or not quite 25 percent less. I'm still working on it but so far I have made changes ;
- We learned how to make easy breads. I started with peasants bread, then went to refrigerator bread and sweet rolls. The cost of a good bread 🍞 in the bakery department is upwards of three dollars. It cost less than thirty cents . That's a big difference and some recipes are really easy and not time consuming.
- I've made it a point to use up small amounts of leftovers or dehydrate them and put in jars.
- Finding recipes that turn leftovers into another different dish has been a help. Hubby does not like to eat warmed overs. But if I can make a new meal it works.
- After cooking for a large family, it's hard to downsize. I started making 1/2 batches of things, Using a 8X 8 pan instead of a 9 X 13. Less waste. You don't have to cook a whole box of pasta, measure it and cook 1/2 a box,
- Cooking more from scratch means that I can cook little bits instead of opening a can of something and not using it all.
- Freezing bits of anything that can go on a pizza and keeping them in the freezer door so that they don't get buried in the back of the freezer helps too.
- I went from buying all cans of beans to having some cans for emergencies and making my own re-fried beans and cooking dry beans. The deal breaker here was getting a insta pot.
- Adding a vegetarian meal to the meal plan sometimes isn't even noticeable, Eggs and cheese are relatively cheap and can make a good meal. Or add a little meat to eggs and cheese.