I'm trying to get our food costs back down to the $100 per week mark for our family of six. Over the last few months it has steadily increased and I want to get back into our previously frugal lifestyle to pay off the mortgage ASAP.
So far I've pulled together the following list;
Only using fresh herbs which have been grown in my garden - reading Sara's blog made me realise that there is no excuse not to have all of my herbal needs provided from the garden.
All greens to come from my garden. Currently growing enough kale for our family and some to spare each week for others. Lettuces are coming up like mad.
Shopping at the end of the day twice a week for the 'get rid of it' specials.
Look at what things I like to eat, can I make a substitute cheaper? Well here's one I want to try
From Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.
750g pork mince
1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
2 tsp hot smoked paprika
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tbsp sea salt
1½ tsp fennel seeds, lightly toasted
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
50ml red wine
Freshly ground black pepper.
Bung the lot in a tupperware container and mix well. Leave for 24 hours then make into meatballs and use in place of chorizo.
Return to making all my own bread and pasta. I get four loaves of bread from $2.50 worth of flour. If I add seeds and grains it costs a bit more. Four loaves of nice bread from the shops would easily cost me $10 or more.
Cook double the amount of food and freeze half for the days like today when I'm not feeling well (sniffle, sniffle, sneeze all the time being very aware of my pelvic flaw)
Think about dumpster diving. Can I do it? Anyone interested? I got thinking about this after reading a post on the Down to Earth forum. I do have the mental image though of being chased by the law and them yelling
"Quick, quick, follow that person who keeps stopping to sneeze!"