Apparently, when there is less food in the house, we conserve. When there is an abundance we [over] indulge.
My previously self imposed challenge of lowering our grocery spending has now become a required part of everyday life. I am attempting to spend only $750 this month. We have been eating up $1100-$1300 monthly for the past year or more.
Now that two of the boys have moved out, this should be easy to accomplish - Right? Well, not so much. Three of us are runners. Running uses a lot of energy. Running makes us strong. It also makes us hungry. Very hungry.
We return to the conundrum of quality, quantity and cost.
Today is October 18. The grocery category has $82.19 remaining. The refrigerator is mostly empty. There are strawberries, blueberries and some shredded zucchini in the freezer. Only the basic staples are left in the pantry: seeds, nuts, flour, oats, raisins, rice, beans, oil - but not much of any of these. The only fresh produce left are greens, lemon, bananas, onions, and one carrot. We still have coffee.
I made a batch of dough yesterday that will yield 4 loaves of bread. We baked 2 this morning. There is enough flour and yeast on hand for 2-3 more batches of dough.
Last night I made a roasted cauliflower, lentil salad based on a recipe from Green Kitchen Stories. Tonight I invented a meal with a few items from the pantry and garden. [Pasta with red onion, tomato, basil, spinach, feta].
Tomorrow looks like: b-bread or oatmeal with banana. l-potato/spinach taco, d-black beans and rice.
This plan will give me enough time to strategize the remaining days and shop for the best deals to complement our supplies.
The work surrounding daily food is tedious. In the three weeks sans salary, Steve and I have each lost 4 pounds. Our bodies can handle that much for now. The kids, however, do not have body weight to spare. I still have skills to learn for maximizing quality calories per day.