food shop from home… no, i don’t mean hopping on your laptop and going to your local grocery store’s website (although, i do wish our town had that nice little perk… i loath food shopping. maybe it’s the thinking involved. or maybe the rushing-to-get-home. or maybe i just don’t like it. yeah, that’s it.).
i have been thinking a lot about being more frugal with spending. this isn’t necessarily something new, but it comes in waves usually. anyone else? sometimes i just don’t feel like i have the energy or mindset to put into it. but that’s just a result of being selfish (in my case anyway).
you see, i tend to justify buying out of convenience. i tell myself a myriad of half-truths in order to do it.
“i had a hard week”
“i didn’t sleep well last night”
…and so it goes.
But, then, i was reminded of what my priorities should be. for me, up there pretty high on that list is feeding my family. i take it seriously. we rarely eat “junk” for dinner (hear me when i say, sometimes “junk” is in order… i am not opposed.. ha), and i typically try to have good meals every day.
that being said…. it can be pricey! can i get an amen?!
so, on my quest to be more frugal, i remembered something i used to do more often than i do these days… shop and meal plan from the pantry! it’s really a genius idea (kudos to whatever book i may have been reading at the time of inspiration).
Want to know how i do it?
i meal plan every weekend. i tried going to the store less often, but we use so many fresh items, that it makes sense for me to go weekly. by the time a month has gone by, i am usually able to “skip” a week by just using what we already have. it’s a great time to clean out the pantry and fridge (what’s in there, anyway?!). I empty it all out, clean/wipe down, and take inventory (write it all down)…. then i toss anything expired. i return everything back to its place (neatly and (hopefully) organized), and sit down with my list. i basically grocery shop in my kitchen… with a glass of wine and soft jazz music (which, by the way, i think if our food stores had these amenities, most of us food-shopping-loathing people would enjoy it more. just sayin… ).
you will be surprised at how much you have…and how much you save. i am tired of throwing away things or having the mentality that we have “nothing to eat” just because there’s an empty shelf in the fridge.
my next tip is to be creative. if you have a few simple key ingredients, you can make your own snacks or bake your own desserts (or bread!). it’s yummy and your family will think they hit the jackpot (hello June Cleaver!).
God wants us to be good stewards… of our time, money and resources. this is just one small way to begin (or continue).
i’d love to hear from you! do you do this? do you have anything to add? any suggestions?