Where does the time go? It’s been a couple of weeks since my last budgeting and meal planning post.
Things are going well, although we’ve been spending a little more on groceries lately I’ve been cooking up a storm and am running low on meat. Nothing too crazy, luckily, since we’re sticking to buying only what’s on our list and purchasing meat that’s on sale only when we need it. This is when making a shopping list really comes in handy. If you haven’t started using a shopping list, I highly recommend you try it for at least two shopping trips and see what a difference it makes on your wallet!
Let me give you an update on our recent trips to the supermarket over the last coupe of weeks. Spoiler alert: We spent a lot!
We have a lot of meat in the freezer that’s just near it’s max storage time, so we decided to make a couple of repeat recipes that we’ve cooked up in the past with success. Nothing too crazy for the week; just trying to get back to normal eating habits after the holidays. Plus, we haven’t been eating nearly enough fruits and veggies, so time to get back on the wagon!
I’ve taken the last couple of weeks off from budgeting. We had a lot of entertaining to do over Christmas, so that meant a lot of big purchases at the grocery store. Nothing says the holidays like a big, huge, in-your-face cook up for family and friends. Over the course of less than a week, we cooked up green bean casserole, red potato salad, bacon wrapped scallops, BBQ salmon, roasted potatoes, Hershey Kiss cookies, lamingtons, salad, and beef stew. That’s a lot of cooking! Our wallets were hit a little more than usual, but we managed with the money we’ve saved over the last month or so.
I also DIY’d a few gifts this year and decided that I need to do that more often for holidays and special occasions. Although they can be a lot more time-consuming, there’s something special about a homemade gift that shows more sincerity and thought that went into it.
So here we are in the first week of January, and I’m on a mission to be thrifty and save a bit more dough in 2013!