In our house one of our big expenses is food. Well, what isn't a big expense any longer?
This week I am focusing on saving money this week on food costs.
Rising food costs make it so expensive to stock your pantry and fridge doesn't it? After a stock up at Sam's Club last weekend I want to try and extend the days between shopping to save on my grocery budget. I am digging in and stretching the food we already have.
I made my first batch of bone broth. Sam's has organic chickens now and they are very reasonable so after we ate a roast chicken for dinner I put all the bones in a crock pot and made a rich batch of healthy bone broth. I have froze it for now but I will use it to make soup this week.
Know what's in that bag? A bag I saved from the deli to boot? A couple pieces of chicken no one ate but still good. It went into the freezer to be added to my pot of soup this week. I just cannot bring myself to throw away food, especially meat.
Even the chickens benefited with some veggie lasagna for dinner. No one finished the last piece so I let the girls have it and they loved it.
Tomorrow I will make a batch of blueberry banana bread using bananas up and blueberries that are too soft. I will freeze the rest of the berries for use later.
I will be able to harvest enough greens and bok choy tomorrow for a stir fry for dinner.
We always prepare lunches at home and when we run out of cold cuts or sandwich fixins I have to get creative. One of my go to meatless lunches is wraps. I take a tortilla and fill with salad greens, mushrooms, left over grated cheese, olives and cucumbers. Whatever crunchy things you can rustle up. I then put a little salad dressing and roll it all up.
So the plan is to eat in and use up what we have and make snacks from scratch.
Please share in the comments what you did this week to save money.