I can’t stop Spring cleaning and the crazy thing is, it’s actually Spring! I have been re arranging furniture, cleaning out linen cupboards, sorting the kid’s craft stuff and even going through their clothes to see what still fits. It is really satisfying having an organised household…. let’s hope it lasts for at least a little while…
How did you go with last week’s tips? Here are some for this week to hopefully help with no waste and keeping within your grocery budget.
Keep track for a few weeks on how much you are actually spending on groceries, including all the little shops. This will make it a lot easier to set yourself a realistic budget. My suggestion would be to start with trying to reduce your weekly bill by 10%. So if you are spending $350 per week, set yourself a budget of $315, which I think is totally reasonable. If you start this next week, you will have an extra $450 to spend at Christmas!
2. HEALTHIER SUBSTITUTES
Did you know that white vinegar makes a great fabric softener? Laundry powder can leave a residue on clothes and a small amount of vinegar in your wash helps remove it, just place a little less than a ¼ cup in the fabric softener dish in your machine, on your normal wash. (don’t worry your clothes won’t smell like vinegar) I started doing this when Sam was a 3 month old baby with severe eczema.
3. BUY IN SEASON
This seems like an obvious one, but it can be hard knowing what is in season and when. Fruit and vegetables that are in season will be in abundance and therefore cheaper. If you can shop at a Farmer’s Market, it will also be local. It is really handy to know what is in season, so I will put together a printout you can put on the fridge for each season. (keep an eye out for that) Some things in season at the moment in Australia are; artichokes, Asian greens, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, kale, lemons, lettuce, mandarins, oranges, peas, pineapple and spinach. (there are more, these are just a few of the basics). A good idea is to meal plan around these vegetables.
4. COOK MEAT ON THE BONE
Cooking meat on the bone, especially in casseroles or the slow cooker, will infuse a lot more flavour into your meal. The bones can then be used to make bone broth, which is amazing for your family’s gut health. I add my bone broth to other dishes such as bolognaise or risotto. Use a whole chook to make your chicken soup and the flavour will be amazing, plus you should get enough for a couple of night’s then.
5. RECIPES WITH MINIMAL INGREDIENTS
I like to put a lot of love into one meal for the week, the rest I like to keep really simple with minimal ingredients, this keeps my grocery list to a minimum and the focus is on the produce such as the meat and vegetables. I would rather spend more at the farmer’s market and load up on a heap of great fresh veggies, than on extra spices and creams etc for my dinners. If most of your meals are really just the meat and veg, it does really simplify your shop.