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Saving money cooking at home

December 28th, 2018 at 08:17 pm

Since I got home from the hospital we have been doing awesome on eating at home and have saved a ton of money! We charge everything on our Discover Card each month and pay it off in full each month, so it's easy to see how much our are spending on different categories like eating out. Our statement cut yesterday and the difference just in line items is staggering!

Since we have been eating at home I have been cleaning out the pantry and freezers to get stuff used up. We completely cleaned out our main freezer that is connected to our kitchen fridge and threw some things away, took everything out and washed it all out. Now it is nice and organized and I can actually see what we have in there. Smile I still have two more chest freezers that I need to get cleaned out, but it's a good start.

We have been using up lots of deer sausage and brats from last year before they get too old. I also made pheasant stir fry which used up 2 bags of pheasant that MO shot last year, an entire bag of frozen broccoli, a bag of frozen rice that a friend dropped off for us with homemade eggrolls when I got home from the hospital, plus leftover carrots, onions, mushrooms, celery, spinach, and peapods from the fridge. All of the fresh veggies only had a day or two left of life in them so I was happy to get them all used up in a yummy dish and not waste them. I also used up two old packages of ramen noodles for MO as he doesn't like rice, so I ate the rice with mine and serviced his with ramen. Made a huge healthy pan and tons of leftovers too.

Hopefully we can keep up the minimal eating out into January and have another low credit card bill to start out the year.

3 Responses to “Saving money cooking at home ”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    It really does make a tremendous difference in the bottom of line of your spending. Food is the number one place, usually, that people are overspending, and it is almost always by eating out. Secondarily, it can be not shopping with a list and a meal plan in mind. Plan it out and I bet you'll have very little problems with sticking to your goal of minimal eating out.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    It is just downright scary how expensive eating out is, even if you do so cheaply. Glad you are having such good success!

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Just one meal out for two could pay for a week's worth of groceries. But … it's still fun to go out once in awhile. Smile

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