I get an odd sense of satisfaction and pleasure from planning our dinner menus and grocery shopping. It’s like a game – what are things we can eat this week that will cost the least amount of money and be more than rice and beans?
My August goal is $200. This sounds like such a small amount, but I looked at our receipts for July and we spent around $240, not including the 4th. And this includes buying some crap we don’t really need to spend so much on, like $5.50 on a pizza when we have the ingredients to make pizza at home. Or the $7 bags of coffee we buy. At least the coffee keeps us away from buying it for $4 a pop (or drinking the swill at work), but it still seems like so much for something.
So anyway. My plan for August is to post our menus, grocery receipts, and out of pocket (OOP) cost. The costs will only be determined by what we had to buy this month, so if I end up making a meal with pantry stuff, the cost will be zero. Woohoo!
Got any cheap but yummy meal ideas? I’d love to hear them!