I mentioned in my last post that I am in the midst of adding a few new kitchen accoutrements. I haven’t been cooking much if any for the past several years since the Hunter tended to dominate the kitchen. One of the best ways for me to keep my spending (and hopefully weight) under control is to simply eat at home all the time.
Anyway, one of the easiest ways to save money is with your food budget. I am all set to do just that, but I wanted to make my life easier with a few extra gadgets. The dutch oven is essential for launching my idea of baking. Not just muffins and brownie mix, but bread. Cathy talks about a “no-knead” bread that she made constantly. That’s what I am talking about. If I am not going to dine out, then I need to be able to cook good stuff. I need to meal prep so if I am tired, I am not tempted to order something.
I got another book, Budget Bytes, which is also blog. Beth Moncel is a nutritionist/food scientist and she knows how to cook on a budget. She has been a big inspiration that I can have some fantastic meals for pennies.
Right now the frig and freezer are full of ingredients. Now it is time to create some great meals. I have planned out my first round of menu items. Until I get the freezer a bit stocked with some ready-to-go options, I will be cooking more than usual. I am hopeful that I can get it down to a couple of days a week with plenty of leftovers. Fortunately I like leftovers.
There is only one big ticket item left to acquire and that is my sofa. I have found two good candidates on OfferUp for half of what I was willing to spend. I hope to see them soon and I should be able to get some guys from work to haul it up for me.
Then, except for Christmas, I will be on a spending lock down. I really don’t need anything, so it won’t be a hardship. The hardship will be not buying tickets to events or eating out. It will be interesting to see how I can keep busy and lively without spending money, but I really need to get myself out of debt and on a firm financial footing. It isn’t forever. I am hopeful I can clean things up in less than 2 years.
Here we go……