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Now in charge of grocery shopping, menus, and cooking!

September 30th, 2005 at 07:50 am

Well, as has been noted in this journal, I have been after my wife to try and reduce the food expenses. MY wife and I had a terrible argument and finally I was told to shop and cook if I thought I could do it better. I am, starting October 2nd, in charge of menus, food shopping, and cooking. I suppose I have to put up or shut up!

My first act as head honcho in this department will be to cut out all the darn cakes and chips! Big savings there.
I will also cut out the purchase of prepared foods as much as possible. My first goal is to get the spending down from 800+ to 600 a month for a family of four. Many here have said I can do better and I hope to do so. The budget includes toiletries and other sundry items. I intend to use the 200 dollar savings towards my wifes CC bill.

I would greatly appreciate any helpful hints or advice and I certainly will be using the tips already posted.

Wish me luck!

5 Responses to “Now in charge of grocery shopping, menus, and cooking!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    The internet is a great resource for recipes. I use epicurious alot but there are others. The best part is a search engine where you can put in the main ingredient(s) you have, and it will come back with a bunch of recipes that use them. This is especially helpful if you're using up what's left in the house.

    Also, on many frugal websites, they have recipe sections. I've not personally visited notjustbeans.com, but understand the site and her book are pretty good. Good luck with this. Maybe when your wife sees that you can still eat great and save $200 at the same time, she'll start to come around...

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I think cutting out a lot of the packaged, processed foods will go a long way. Good luck!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    If you don't have a lot of time to cook, maybe you could make a cook-a-thon one day (say on the weekend) and freeze things for the whole week...

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I don't know where you're posting from, but if your weather's starting to get chilly, its cold enough so that a lot of frugal recipes are appealing. My two best friends for frugal cooking are a crockpot and canned tomato products Smile.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I have never used a crockpot but it sounds like a great idea.

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