During Frugal February, I’ve been trying to eat out less, spend less on food, and eat what I already have in the kitchen.
I have a reasonably well stocked pantry, a safety net that prevents me from panicking, a reminder from when times were not so good for me financially.
During the last few months of my debt journey, I did something called ‘Scorched Earth’. I got the term from Dave Ramsey. What this meant for me, was reducing my food budget as much as possible.
As you may already know if you’ve read my first blog entry My Journey towards becoming Friends with my Finances , I am a single mum with 2 teenagers. As all parents of teenagers know, they have hollow legs and will eat like they’ve not been fed in weeks! So to keep them full and keep the budget in tact can be a lot of work.
I try and focus on a protein and fat rich diet. Fat and protein keeps them fuller for longer, and they also enjoy these types of meals.
For example, a whole large chicken can do us 3 meals each, plus a lunch for me and daily meals for the dog.
On day 1 roast the chicken and we have a roast dinner with all the trimmings (frozen veg keeps this cost low)
On day 2 I strip the chicken of all the meat I can find. This is how much I got from it during February. A whole pasta bowl full of it.
Then I will make a curry with some of it.
On day 3, I normally make a huge chicken and vegetable pie with some of it, plus i have stuffing and chicken sandwiches for lunch.
As you can tell, this gets boring after a while, and its at this point that i start getting fed up with chicken!
Days 4 and 5 are usually eating any leftovers of the meals I’ve mentioned above, or maybe chicken noodle soup if there is enough chicken left.
This is just 1 example of how i feed my family on a budget. I’ll be sharing many more tips such as this in future blogs.