I have been focusing on trying to deal with the food bill. Step one - We stopped eating out at sit down resturants. Step two - then we stopped eating as much fast food. Now it is a rare treat (though I tend to pay for it in more ways than just with money)
When you "give up" eating out, you have other options - not eating or cooking. Ok, so not eating is really not an option I'd choose. I love food!! It's yummy!!! I have always enjoyed cooking. So I began focusing on finding the cheaper convinence foods. I only had a few recipes that I knew well and could get ready in a short amount of time. I was still spending more than I would have liked on food and only getting a few bags of groceries, not exactly the plan. I took to the internet for help. I have been trying all sorts of tips that I have come across. Keeping the ideas that work for me and tossing the ones that don't.
Some of the ideas that I have tried are:
- shop only the perimeter of the store (produce, dairy, meat)
- cook from scratch
- have a meatless night
- have a leftover night
- take inventory
- meal plan
- keep the kitchen clean (surpresses the urge to throw in the towel and go out to eat)
- keep a food price diary
- price match
- use it, don't toss it
What are some things you do in your kitchen to cut down on food costs??