I love that feeling when I’m right on budget for groceries each week or, even better, when I end the month with extra cash to stash. It doesn’t always happen but I’ve noticed my weekly efforts are establishing a routine, and I know the results will be rewarding.
I purpose to hold back from a grocery list until I’ve looked over my pantry and use Yummly to suggest recipes from the ingredients there.
Using the Ibotta app, I browse my usual stores (Costco & Fred Meyers) for cash back offers. The offers don’t always match what I need to buy but the app usually offers $0.25 for any item and it’s better then nothing! Read more about the Ibotta app, here.
This takes about 5 minutes to browse but it’s worth it. I have earned over $75 in the last 10 months.
The Fred Meyers app is a must for me too! Before I had the app, I would never go to Fred Meyers because I always felt like I spent more than I should. Now with the app, I can easily see items on sale, browse their coupons with the items that apply, and quickly add items to my cart. It also has a “Start my Cart” option, listing items you purchase regularly. I pay the $4.95 for the ClickList because the amount of time I’m saving is worth it. It takes me 15 minutes (max) to put my ClickList together.
With these, I have cut my grocery bill in half and that doesn’t include my extra money earned with Ibotta!
On top of these great apps, my time spent in the kitchen is profitable.
I make my own sandwich bread for Don’s lunches, using ingredients I always have on hand, and he likes it better than sliced bread that falls apart when you eat it.
This bread is soft and sweet and you can find the recipe by clicking on the photo or here.
I also store away half of certain dinners for a future week! Here’s what you’d find in my freezer:
- Tomato Soup*
- Prepared Rice & Bean Burritos
- Sandwich Rolls
- Homemade Pizza Dough
- Pizza Toppings (i.e. Costco’s Kirkland mozzarella – I wasn’t sure if this would work but I tried it and it was just fine!)
*I don’t usually add dairy to our tomato soup which is why I’m able to freeze it.
Freezing enables me to use meals twice within the same month, saving me a week of meals to plan and groceries to buy!
For some of my recipes, follow the links below:
Feel free to share your input with me! I’m always looking for great recipes, budget advice, and anything else that helps in my duties as wife, mother, (let’s be honest ) maid, cook, and financial amateur! 😀