Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Grocery Cunundrum

There are a countless number of ways to cut back costs in the monthly budget, but I'm finding that groceries (if you want to eat healthfully, and especially if you have a family of 6) are fairly inflexible. We're going to spend a certain amount on groceries no matter what. I admittedly make it even harder when it comes to groceries, because there are certain things that I won't compromise on. I won't buy eggs unless they're cage free. I won't buy milk unless it's organic. I won't buy bread unless it's 100% whole wheat.. you see where this is going. We could certainly save money buying the cheaper milk and the cheaper eggs, and we could certainly save money serving the kids Oodles of Noodles and canned vegetables. Some things are worth spending more on. We clipped coupons for awhile, but eventually had to admit that it wasn't saving us any money. The coupons are for brands we don't use, things we didn't need to be buying anyway, or just plain junk.

Still, we've been slightly shaving down the bill over the last few weeks. We're back to eating 99.9% vegetarian again (we compromised on turkey sausages to go with our Saturday morning breakfast), and we're trying to be creative and actually use what's in our pantry. We bought a big bag of rice and have been making beans and rice dishes again, or tossing it with stir-fried or steamed vegetables. Cheap, easy, and at least marginally healthy.

If we could just figure out a way to keep the dog from stealing food (a $5.00 bag of cereal yesterday!) we'd be in pretty good shape.


Erika Seirup said...

We're in the same boat! We sneak in meat here and there but we're about 98% veggie now. All I can see is bean, beans and more BEANS!!! Woo! The Albertson's brand of organic (Wild Harvest) beans (pinto or black) is actually decently priced! So yeah we cook with a lot of beans...oh oh! Try making quesadillas with whole wheat tortillas, smash some of the beans (either kind of both) and get a can of organic corn (on sale!) and then put the cheddar cheese on top. The corn really sweetens the quesadilla, it is SO GOOD and a favorite around here. Of course we slather ours in hot sauce too...yum! If you have any recipes, pass 'em my way, I can always use them!!

Erika Seirup said...

Oh yeah, the reason for the recipe, is it is cheap :)