Saturday, August 30, 2008

Silver lining

Every cloud has a silver the saying goes. Last week I had to replace the brakes on my car for $447, so my budget was a little tight for the last week of August. Instead of invading my emergency fund, I decided to see if I could reduce my food and gas spending until Friday (payday!) I just bought the essentials at the grocery store and reduced my food spending by about 65%! I couldn't do this every week, but it was good to find out that we could get by on a lot less for a short period of time. Now the challenge will be to see if I can continue the frugal trends--multiple meals from one entree and using frozen food that I already have. For specific tips on these frugal ideas, check out Frugal Food at Notes from the Frugal Trenches. She has reduced her food budget by 75%!

Our dinner menu for the week was:

Spaghetti with tomato, basil and olive oil (ds ate out)

Cheeseburgers, corn on the cob, edamame

Soft tacos, salad

Cheeseburgers (again), french fries, salad

Spaghetti with meat sauce

Chicken wings, mac and cheese, salad

stuffed peppers, left-overs (ds had a cross-country team dinner)

Not too exciting, but not too bad, since these are foods that ds likes.


Francois Viljoen said...

Well done RTC! 65% is quite an achievement!

And if you ask me, that food doesn't sound half bad...

But then I'm a bachelor and I live out of cans most of the time!! :)

RTC said...

Thanks, francois!

Sharon said...

Thanks for the menu ideas...simple, quick and easy! I'll actually have to try that this week as soccer and baseball have started!

RTC said...

Good luck with life-on-the run! $5 pizza (Little Cesear's) is our go-to fast food!

Anonymous said...

stuffed peppers yum!

RTC said...

Thanks, I like them, too, but my kids don't!