I am preparing to go home. After 3 1/2 months of spending time with my family and my in-laws. I am in a military family. My husband is Active Army. We are stationed in Germany. With the government shut down, it has put a strangle-hold on most military, DOD families and those furloughed with their finances. No one was really prepared. They gave us a warning about 2 weeks prior of the impending doom. Who is ever really prepared. Especially for us a young family who are trying to put money away for college for our 3 year old and some for an eventual vacation. It’s hard. Budgets are being slashed, one area in particular is whether we will be able to put food on the table for ourselves and families. I can tell you by taking small steps such as weekly/bi-weekly meal planning it can reduce expenses in your shopping cart.
Groceries are expensive. Milk, Meat, Vegetables are high. The Economy is on a slide, down hill. We have to adjust our spending habits at the grocery store. Not buying that box of Little Debbie‘s is going to make a difference. Sticking to a meal plan at least for Dinner will help immensely. I found the above template on Organizedhome.com which their motto is: Clean House, Cut Clutter, Get Organized at Home!
The Kitchen and the shopping budget need organization just like cupboards and your book shelves need some semblance of organization. Clean your budget, cut out the things you don’t need (but want).
This template helps by first of all be helping you decide what you are going to eat before the day of, having all the ingredients, by attaching recipes, comparing the recipes with what you have in your cupboard, making a shopping list, looking at the sales, Being thrifty and USING COUPONS. OH MY GOD I used the word COUPON. It isn’t a distasteful thing. Most people have a bad taste in their mouth from watching Extreme Couponers. Repeat after me: You are only using coupons to assist with your shopping budget. You are not going to buy 49 bottles of ketchup so that you can get so many dollars off. The world of online couponing has also made it easier than ever, no more clipping if you so choose. Realize what your needs are. Wants can only hinder your budget. The occasional box of a Little Debbie’s wont hurt you, but don’t nickel and dime yourself.
Over the next few weeks I will be showing you how I, personally utilize the above meal planner (WITH COUPONS) and how to get more bang for your buck. Including making the above meals and splitting some of it to freeze for later. websites such as organized home are great, they give fantastic tips on how to be prepared or prepare for slumps, by giving you tips on making many meals ahead and storing them, http://organizedhome.com/freezer-cooking/guide-once-month-cooking
Guides like these can assist you greatly. The internet is a vast space of knowledge, use it to your advantage. Thanks reading my spiel. I only hope you take a little from this.
I will be adding further tips throughout the next few weeks via my Facebook page:
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