Have you ever noticed that you go to the grocery store and buy the same foods week after week?
Is it a habit to keep buying even if you don’t really NEED to buy?
This week, I decided that I was going to eat the food I already had in my kitchen and only buy absolute necessities. Here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Take Inventory
Look in your cabinets, pantry, fridge, and freezer. Write down the ingredients you find.
Here’s my list:
Wow! That’s a lot of food!
Step 2: Combine Meals
From my ingredients, I see that I can easily make spaghetti with pasta or squash from the freezer and a can of tomato paste. I can make eggs, rice and beans, a quinoa salad, leftover chili, and black bean burgers. Wow! That’s several meals with what looks like “nothing” at first glance.
Step 3: Identify Must Have Groceries
To make my meals complete, I needed to buy a few vegetables and also, snacks for work. I bought broccoli for a side, lettuce and tomato for a salad, and carrots and fresh fruit for snacks.
Step 4: Stick to the LIST
Armed with my 5 item list, I headed to the store to buy ONLY THOSE THINGS.
Don’t miss this point! ONLY BUY WHAT’S ON THE LIST!
That’s the trick to spending only $10 for a week’s worth of food. Don’t be wooed by sales or specials. This week is about eating what you already have.