I'll get to that in a minute . . .
First, the weekly grocery haul:
Amy's roasted veg no cheese pizza ($1.50 off!)
Seventh Generation TP
organic chipotle lime salsa
organic dino kale
local hydroponic romaine
organic green pepper
local, organic beets
organic pink lady apples
organic d'anjou pears
organic flour tortillas
So, let's get to that "budget-friendly" question. Like many these days, I've been forced to tighten my belt a little bit -- I've stopped working my weekly shift at the kitchenwares store for the time being, so between that and the crummy economy, my monthly budget has taken a little bit of a hit. Having my weekends back has been worth it, (although I miss my coworkers!!!), but for the first time in a long time, I've been on a grocery budget.
Now, I must be honest -- $350 seems like a LOT to be spending on food every month, but I'm not sure it really is, in the end. I try to buy organic and/or local and/or fair trade foods as much as possible, I feel like I eat reasonably healthfully (which includes a lot of fruits and veggies,) we hardly EVER eat out, and although I live alone, Dan does spend the majority of the weekends at my house, so I'm feeding a hungry guy 2 1/2 days per week.
I also have to remember that cooking is my hobby -- my passion, really. I think about how much money some people I know spend on their hobbies, and think choosing cooking was a bargain!
With all that said, I still went over my grocery budget this month by $32.32. So, here's the challenge: what are some of your best budget-friendly meals/recipes/grocery shopping ideas?? I do a lot of the basics already, like shop the bulk bins, make many things from scratch, and especially lately, we've been eating more dried beans and rice than I'd probably care to, if I had my choice. (Don't get me wrong . . . I love beans. I just miss tofu and tempeh!)
How am I going to shave that last $32 off my grocery spending?????