Make the Most of Your Budget

In our budget, we have a limited amount of money that is set aside for food. We try to make the most of what we have. Our system is working well for us, so we thought we should share. Our plan is to make two big meals a week. We usually double or even triple the recipe to make sure this will last us for the whole week. We make something that sounds particularly delicious, since we’ll be eating it for a few days in a row. To reheat what we’ve made, we heat it in the same way we made it. For instance, if we made tomato basil soup on the stove, to reheat, we will put the cold soup in a pot and reheat on the stove. This makes all the difference in the taste. If you simply pop something in the microwave, it takes most of the flavor out of your dish and usually gives it a strange texture. When we reheat, we add seasonings, and sometimes new flavors if we weren’t really happy with the finished product.

That covers dinner, now onto lunch. In our continuing budgeting theme, we take the 7 year old approach to lunch. Our usual lunch consists of a sliced apple or two, peanut butter, sharp cheddar cheese, a can of tuna, and crackers. This combination is surprisingly very filling, delicious, and healthy. We try to save up our calories for all the butter and cream we put into dinner.

Breakfast is usually cereal. Something simple and filling. Occasionally strawberry, blueberry, blackberry parfait makes an appearance. Almost every morning we make our coffee or tea at home. This saves so much money!

We try not to keep much snack food around the house, but we do have one guilty pleasure. Newman’s O’s. If you haven’t ever had these, you must try them. Phillip introduced me to them last year. They are essentially organic Oreo’s, but so much better. The ingredients are all easy to pronounce!

I love to make desserts. I find new recipies all the time that I want to try, but we have to be smart about it. The goal is to have someone else to give the dessert to, so that we don’t eat it all between the two of us. Last night I made vanilla ice cream with walnuts, chocolate covered caramels, and chocolate chunks. We had some friends for dinner, who happily helped us eat it, thus saving us from adding a few inches to our hips.

None of the things we do are hard and fast rules. We are flexible when we need to be. Sometimes, we’ve just had enough of tuna, and we need a break. Every family is different with different tastes, and needs. Find out what works for you and your family.

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