Today is usually my supermarket shopping day. It's the one day my kids are in day care and I can shop in peace HOWEVER today, I'm not going. Why am I telling you this you're wondering? Well it's because I have something to share with you. You see, I have been doing "No Spend November" for over a week now and lots of you have been sharing your tips to save me money. One of those cracker tips was from a woman called Lori.
She told me that instead of shopping on a 7 day cycle, I should try to stretch my shopping trip by a day (and not spend any more than I usually would). Then in theory, every 7 weeks, I will have skipped equivalent to a week of shopping. Thats a handy $150 in my pocket. What a ripper tip!
So today I'm going to spend some time in the veggie garden instead of doing my usual shopping trip. That sounds much more fun to me any way! Thanks for the tip Lori. X
To "stretch" your ingredients that one extra day without spending more than your usual budget, crafty cooking is going to need to be required. Here are some suggestions of home made meals that are inexpensive and can be made with left overs from the pantry and fridge:
Fried rice (great for using up the last of the veg in the fridge)
Home made chips and sauce
Pea or carrot frittas
Veggie soup (also good for using the last of the ingredients in the fridge. You can also add pasta, rice or legumes to give it a bit of extra "bulk)
Egg on toast/omelette
Risotto (cos it's basically just rice, stock and a few veggies)
Baked bean toasties (otherwise known as jaffles?)
Popcorn (a bag costs less than $2 and makes bucket loads of the stuff. Sooo easy to make too)
Use that last brown banana to make muffins
Cheese and crackers
Frittas (carrot, pea and corn are cheap to make and most of us have these things in fridge/freezer)
Rice cake with vegemite or honey
Anyhoo, you get the picture. I personally think it's about getting creative. We all have staples in our pantry and a few left overs in the fridge/freezer at the end of each week/fortnight. I know that I (and you) could find a way to stretch out your shopping by a day each week. It's worth a try anyway!