The Austerity Years
As governments and well coiffed politicians yell and shout about tightening our belts while debts grow I think a really positive thing to come out of this time is speaking up about budgeting, about being proud to look at the receipts and check sale prices, to clip those coupons and find the bargains in everyday life.
I think we’re learning to have pride in taking our finical futures by the horns and really planing. Finding the ways to make our life easier without having to work longer hours, of feeding our families when the redundancy hits us and of getting the best milage out of our drive to that fiftieth interview is something a lot of Americans are learning about. Finding the positive in not great situations, like this economy teaches us all a lot about ourselves and how strong a country we really are. It doesn’t matter which way me vote or who we are watching on TV, as a country if we can pull together and get through this time it seems like we’ll be a much stronger America than before the bankers and the elected dimwits screwed the tax payer.
It’s a time to count blessings and pennies and find a better, more sustainable way to live. Today’s article is going to be about saving in the food department, we’ve all got to eat and the solutions to save hundreds of dollars for a family can be simple, easy and even pleasant.
Cut back on fruits and focus more on veggies. Be mindful of buying just what you need, even if that’s one banana a week. Fruit and Veg that’s going south can be cooked and eaten instead of thrown out because it’s gone soft but not yet bad. Try banana bread, celery and carrot soup, roasted broccoli, apple crumb pie.
If the milk is on sale you can buy two and freeze the other one. If you feel like tater chips buy two potatoes and fry them up in some olive oil. Ice-cream is much cheaper if you buy on special at the store instead of getting a cone. With your bulk flower you can make a few cookies for cheap.
Home made soups are cheap and filling, add beans or on sale meats for added protein.
Make your own sauces, they add flavor to simple dishes and are cheap and easy to throw together.
Bread and cheese can be expensive for their nutritional value so try to budget those out for the week.
Buy cheaper cuts of meat and try to buy what’s on sale and has specials for your loyalty card.
Don’t get any pre-cut or baby veggies, they’re over priced and won’t help your food budget.
Cabbage is often inexpensive and mixes well with a beef marinated in bouillon cubes and fried in oil.
Life is short and hard for a lot of people durning strange and rough economic times but a little budgeting can take a lot of the edge off and allow us all a better quality of life. So go enjoy your coupon race with friends and see who can whip out the best budget desert.