Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Prince Charming and I are on a tight budget this year, due to the fact that I'm staying home with our princesses full time.
By this time of the month, my grocery budget is incredibly tight, and we're facing eating lots of spaghetti and tacos as the end of the month looms before us.
To prevent these slim pickings from becoming a trend every month, I have come up with a plan.
At the beginning of every late summer and fall month, when the grocery budget is fat and seems limitless, I still watch the sale ads closely, and plan at least one meal that can be easily doubled and frozen.
It's hardly any extra work to double a recipe, and it's such a nice feeling knowing my freezer is stocked with delicious, homemade meals like baked pasta, chili, lasagna, and a variety of soups.
Plus, it relieves the pressure from my grocery budget.
The key is to make sure you don't go over budget while preparing the extra meals now.
It's not difficult. Just buy meat and other ingredients when on sale. Be flexible.
When winter comes, you just defrost, bake, and actually get a chance to relax instead of slaving over dinner.
Believe me; it's worth the time and effort now.
Give it a try!
For more ideas, check out Rocks in my Dryer.