What I have been and continue to be strict with, is our food budget. As I have written about before, we have a weekly budget of NIS 500 (About USD 130) for groceries and cleaning supplies. For me, it is worth it to have this kind of set framework when it comes to food as I see, from own experience and from other’s, that this is an area where we tend to spend a lot and therefore this is an area where we can also save a lot.
It is not easy to make limitations and takes time to adjust. Once you do, though, you realize that you can do much with much less, and still don’t have to compromise on quality.
So what helps us to stay within the budget?
1) Making a grocery list before going to the supermarket – a list on the refrigerator door is a great way to start.
2) Make as few trips to the supermarket as possible – every time we go there is the possibility to buy something that we don’t really need so limiting the times we go, limits the money we spend.
3) Staying away from processed foods as much as possible – buying basic is cheaper and gives much more possibilities when cooking.
4) Buying fruits and vegetables according to the season – that is when they are cheapest and most tasty.
5) Making a weekly meal plan for your meals – the few minutes of planning is well worth the time and money you save afterwards.
Here is ours for the coming week:
Monday: Homemade Hummus and vegetable Salad
Tuesday: Rice Paper wraps with vegetables and Chicken
Wednesday: Chicken with Peanut butter Sauce and coconut cream
And something sweet for the weekend: Brownies!
Have a great week 🙂