We’re lucky to have friends who sometimes send some milk our way. We rarely get some other bits and pieces from friends gardens or deliciousness that they might cook up. We are so happy to be living in a beautiful community. We will always be happy to swap freshly baked bread, preserves, or a little bit of home grown produce.
Using what we have
If a recipe asks for zucchini and we don’t have it them, we’ll just use something else. Going to the supermarket to buy a zucchini just makes us spend money that we didn’t need to, and prevents us from buying unnecessary items.
This not only helps with scraps, but we don’t have to buy eggs ever.
I’m not much of a gardener, but our herbs are going gang busters. Most were grown from cuttings, some from seedling from the nursery but they’re growing so well. With these growing I refuse to buy anything else, we just use what we have. And it’s free.
Mostly our leftovers get eaten for lunch, but occasionally there’s some left over. Spaghetti Bolognese gets turned into lasagne, slow cooked beef stew gets turned into pie, chicken bones gets turned into stock and then soup, any veggie left overs can get added to eggs and eaten for breakfast.
We chose $200 a fortnight, it’s what works for us. We probably could go a little less, but financially we don’t need to, and we like cheese platters.
Not in a bad way, but just like using what we have, sometimes you can go without the zucchini. Some fortnights we forgo olive oil, and use canola or coconut. Some times we decide not to buy nuts or dried fruit until the following fortnight. It’s fine and we make do.
We come up with about 10 meals a fortnight. Recipes we’ve been waiting to make, old favourites and pantry staples. We try to stick to less than 5 that have meat, and often we will use the same meat for multiple meals. We also look at what we have and see what we can use from the pantry. You might like to plan for breakfasts and lunches too, but we’re mostly porridge/homemade muesli or eggs for breakfast, and left overs for lunches.
Go to the shops once and do a big shop
The more you go to the supermarket the more money you will spend. Do you meal plan, write your grocery list and stick to it. Try not to go back to the supermarket, it saves you money and time.
Buy ingredients, not meals
Buying ingredients for one meal or even those frozen meals doesn’t give you a lot for the rest of the week. You get no left overs, no remaining vegetables and no extra meat. When you’re doing your planning, you can look to use some vegetables over the week/fortnight.
I’d love to hear you to tips to saving money on your grocery shop!