Wednesday, March 26, 2008

~Groceries, part 2~

Groceries: gotta have 'em! The only way around buying groceries is to eat out for every meal! And well, that isn't happening--at least not at my house!

I heard on the news this morning that the U.S. grocery prices have increased by 4%. However, the prices in third world countries have increased by over 20%. So while I was busy complaining about spending a few extra dollars--there are literally people starving to death because they can't afford to buy food.

I really started thinking about why my groceries have gone up for me so much over the last few months, and then it dawned on me: we aren't eating out! That means that almost every single meal is coming from my kitchen. So of course, while we are spending practically nothing on eating out, we have to account for extra meals at home, which naturally means more groceries!

For now, it works best for me to read the sales and plan my meals around them. I went shopping yesterday and saved $41 just by shopping the sales. I think if I can gradually stock up on items here and there, it will really help in the long run!

Resources:
A while back, I saved this list of books that Merideth posted. I went through the list the other day and reserved some of the books at my library.

Mrs H. recommeneded www.moneysavingmom.com.

Any other great books or sites that have helped you???

4 comments:

Dj said...

I use Menus 4 Moms. The bonus for me is I have a picky and a non-picky eater. They both eat every recipe I've tried from this website.

Tori said...

Yea for shopping those sales, $41 is a huge savings, just think of the wool you can buy!! :0)

It's true about the prices, here in Croatia the bread has doubled in price in the last 3 years and milk and eggs go along. It's bad everywhere I think.

Praise the Lord for His provisions, even in tight times!

Zintradi said...

I commend you for being able to cook your own meals....

The wife and I almost entirely eat out... She makes her own lunch, but we also have opposite schedules.

Anyway, it's just the two of you, the biggest hurdle I have is cooking for two... I always make too much and it goes bad... I liked your recipe for a slow cooked roast though... I'll have to try that, sounds like you can keep it for a while in the fridge too.

Rona's Home Page said...

We eat many of our meals at home too. And yes, that means more groceries. I love that I'm able to purchase many of our favorites like Mango Chicken, Tomato, Basil and Mozzerella Sandwiches and Chicken Alfredo from Fresh & Easy. It's provides us variety and kills the need to head out for take-out.