I heart this house
- 1/4 cup oats
- 2 tbsp hot cereal
- 1/4 cup vanilla soy milk
- Lots of water
- Chia seeds
- Pinch salt, vanilla (? I have been forgetting these!)
- Maple Quinoa Galaxy Granola from my sample pack
- Justin’s Hazelnut Chocolate Butter (loving it more and more, also a sample!)
- Nutty’s Peanut Butterscotch (? made the bowl!!)
I have not had a perfect bowl of oatmeal since moving here, and I just figured out why! We bought rolled oats in bulk from Whole Foods and they are NOT GOOD. There IS variation in rolled oats and these are thick and they do not turn creamy. I need to go find myself some Quaker, as I do think they are the best.
To answer> a few questions from last night’s grocery comments:
I don’t want to appear holier-than-thou – I don’t really want to write a list of tips because every family is different! And also because I do get a lot of food samples through the blog. But here are some of the changes I made two years ago that drastically cut our bill:
- $200 / month does NOT include toiletries or going out to eat. That’s a separate allowance.
- I give us both spending allowances, a grocery allowance and a “Family” allowance each month. Our spending allowances we transfer from a joint account to personal checking accounts and it’s spent how we please. Groceries are FOOD only. The Family allowance is everything else – out to eat, toiletries, car repairs, household stuff, etc. The Family gets a lot more money allotted than we each do 😉
- I keep track of these budgets with an app in my phone called LOOT. I used to have SPEND on my iPhone but LOOT is a droid one and I like it a lot.
- Our grocery cart is 90% fruits and veggies, often with a sprinkle of dairy, some canned goods, dry grains and the occasional meat. Think about what you want your dinner plate to look like when you fill your cart.
- I think about the cost per serving when I eat. For ex) sardines = super cheap per serving. Deli meat = very expensive. I generally put one “expensive” thing in my cart each week, like goat cheese, smoked salmon, olives. If you get all the expensive ones at once, you’ll eat them all before you know it!
- When I do buy meat, I get only the portion that we need for one meal – like half a pound of grass-fed beef or two fish filets. I rarely buy meat frozen or in bulk, mostly because I don’t think it’s that appealing that way.
- I rarely buy things in boxes (used to buy Kashi crackers and cereals all the time!). I try to use what I do have and what is much less expensive – oats, bulk grains, homemade bread instead of buying it pre-made in a box. Chips are the exception!
- Most of our dinners really do revolve around vegetables with the exception of one or two each week. Save expensive meats for restaurants when you’ll already be spending more anyways and eat cheap beans while you’re at home.
- I rarely buy desserts at the grocery store. I’ll wait to get a dessert (like a box of chocolates) as a gift or just save dessert for going out for yogurt or something.
- Learn to make bread. Not having to buy bread makes SUCH a difference in our budget. If Matt didn’t bake at Great Harvest, he’d probably make it all at home (like he used to before he started working there!) These days we’re buying a little GH when we get stop in and making the rest.
In The Meantime…
- We’re starting our Great Harvest location search from scratch after backing out of the location we had picked earlier this summer for various unblogable reasons. As a result, the bakery probably will not open until late next spring. We have 2 locations we like now though.
- Opening the business is still keeping Matt very busy with planning, and I am a full-time blogger + writer until the doors open (or the marketing needs to begin!)
- And just because I know people are wondering, we’ve been saving for a year anticipating a period without two incomes, so don’t hate when we’re out hiking mid-week. We’ll be working our tails off again soon enough.
Comcast just came and went – hopefully our internet is on the mend!
Going to give noontime Bikram one more go-around…