Very small haul this week for the whopping total of $20! Just enough to get us through... we're still living large on our Costco haul from last week. The meal plan for this week includes:
BLTs and fries
Mississippi chicken and green beans
Breakfast for dinner
Pizza and salad
This leaves $57 in the grocery budget for our last week of the month which is 👌🏼. #groceryhaul#debtfreecommunity#mortgagefreejourney#babysteps#frugaleats#frugalliving#mealplan
Some days, make your own #fabulous happen. I made a reservation at a Japanese place tonight. We are staying on the resort side of the island. Naturally prices were much higher at $25+ for an entree (our other options weren't much better.. Like Tommy Bahamas or Ruth Chris). Eventually we realized the dinner just wasn't going to be of good value. Plus they had either shellfish or pork in every dish. So WE WALKED AWAY. Yes sometimes you do it before you sink in more money. We found an awesome grocery down the street, Fruitland Farms, and grabbed $40 of groceries that would cover a poke dinner, ramen dinner tomorrow, and a breakfast as this resort did not offer a breakfast lounge. We don't necessarily value the resort experience (other than the hotel room and location). Bon Appétit!
Budget pizza night 🍕 our weekly dominos was one of the first things to go in our highly budgeted lifestyle. I can feed us all on what used to be the cost of 1-2 dominos pizzas. The smaller kids have English muffins with their choice of toppings.
1 249:24 AM Feb 9, 2018
So easy and tasty, even on a warm day 😆
Every week when I put the hummus in the shopping trolley I'd feel guilty about the plastic which can't be recycled.
The problem was my youngest absolutely wouldn't eat home made hummus. No complaints about it, just 'no thanks' 🙄
She's fairly limited for protein at school as no nuts or seeds are allowed, and we're plant based and can't eat gluten, so lunch boxes... ❔❓
I finally realised that if we just gave it another name, she'd be happy to eat it. It's not to try and trick her as she helps me make it, but it's all around expectation for her.
This 'Paprika and Chickpea dip' has kept us off shop bought hummus for ages now and it's bloody delicious.
One batch lasts almost two weeks across 6 jars stored in the freezer. Everyone's happy (and I've even heard her refer to it as hummus). Our go-to recipe is:
250g dried chickpeas (or 2 x 400g tins - drained)
2 small cloves garlic
3 tbspn lemon juice
5 tbspn olive oil
1 tsp salt
Soak chickpeas over night, drain and cook for an hour.
Pop around 300g cooked chickpeas and all the ingredients into the blender (keep any remaining chickpeas for your suppers). Once all blended up, add a small cup of water gradually until you get the consistency you like.
Pour into 6 small jars, leaving a few inches at the top for it to expand in the freezer (so the glass doesn't break).
Put 5 in the freezer, add oil and coriander/parsley and paprika to the 6th and spread over everything until it runs out.
No more Tesco hummus, hurrah.
I came back home to a full freezer and I'm also hosting a friend at my house, so actually needed to make space for her food. Decided to not get any groceries this week and eat from the freezer and pantry. #frugaleats#frugal#fivedollah#foodisfood
0 53:04 PM Feb 3, 2018
$98.75 for a week's worth of groceries that include lunches and snacks for the week! I'm SO proud of myself for staying under $100.
They opened a #lidlus near my job and y'all..I'm. In. Love. 😱 That place is a lifesaver! I've been an #aldi shopper off an on, but the store near me is so small it gives me anxiety. No joke.
Extra filling lunch! I really enjoy this lunch because it fills me up even after a workout, is packed full of all the good macronutrients and fuels me right till dinner time 👍🏼 (plus it’s cheap and took 2 minutes to make). THE FOOD BITS:
- 2 x whole grain saladas (118 calories, what’s upppp)
- Low fat cottage cheese coles brand (look as much or as little as you want)
- Handful of spinach for each square
- 100-150g of coles roast chicken depending on how hungry you are - Salt and pepper to season
When I cook for myself on weekdays almost every night is the same. Rice or pasta. Chicken. Then broccoli or green beans. 5 bucks for the whole meal or less. When I'm sick of it I switch it up, but I remind myself of the joy of saving. The consistency means my groceries can be done in less than 30 minutes. Time is money. I add different flavors. Today I flavored with capers, a little taco seasoning, and truffle salt. #frugal#frugaleats#eats#nom
2 1712:55 AM Jan 31, 2018
I MADE CRACKERS!!! 😲😲🤣🤣
Feeling domestic AF right now. I wanted some crackers to go with the cheese thats been hanging around our fridge but didn't want to drive to the store - where I know I would be walking out with a carload instead of just a box if crackers.
I haven't cooked from scratch in so long - feeling very proud of myself! Whats your tiny victory today?
After a massive day of helping my parents declutter & getting their house ready to sell, I had planned on buying some pizzas for dinner when we got home. But I honestly couldn't bring myself to part with the money - so I ducked into Coles for a loaf of bread ($1.50). Toasted cheese sandwiches it is (not healthy, but satisfying enough!) (And scored the jam roll marked down which I will freeze for school lunches.) #thedebtwarrior#cheapeats#frugaleats#notakeaway#makedo#changeyourthinking
3 398:53 AM Jan 12, 2017
I eat decently healthy, but I also like eating super cheap. On Saturday, I made spaghetti but I had sauce left over and no pasta. So tonight I boiled up some pasta shells, threw in the rest of the sauce (with hamburger already in it) and a can of diced tomatoes, and put it in a casserole dish. I topped it off with some cheese and baked it for 10 minutes. I figured out the costs and for the left over sauce/hamburger, pasta, canned tomatoes and cheese the total was $3.76! There is enough here for at least 4-6 servings for me! Less than $1 per serving! #frugaleats#cheapeats#grocerysavings