There seem to be rumblings around the blogosphere of late about keeping grocery bills down. I think the first post to get me started on thinking about our grocery bills was Inner Pickle with her no shopping challenge (they just bowed out after 25 days - very impressive; though when I think about such a challenge I just think 'what about dairy?'), then Sarah posted about her pantry re-do and their 'how low can you go' efforts, and finally Rhonda has put up a 50 per cent less meat challenge and a "Slow and Mindful Grocery Challenge".
|Our favourite yoghurt reduced to $2.50 a carton.|
Some weeks my meal plans feature meat more heavily than others - and in those there is certainly room for some reduction in meat consumption. But in a week such as this current week (through to Wednesday evening) my meal plan looks like this:
Wed - Dahl (meat free)
Thurs - Buk kut teh (pork ribs, meat stripped off)
Fri - Potato and bacon soup (a small packet of free range bacon) and pudding
Sat - Vegetarian Texas Hash (as the name suggests vegetarian - kidney beans)
Sun - Sausage Rolls (we used lamb mince and sausages - both marked down)
Mon - Spaghetti Bolognaise (beef mince)
Tues - Vegetarian quiche
Wed - Vegan Pad Thai
I think Mr Provincial would rebel if I had any less meat in any week's plan!
|Bagged up in 8 tablespoon amounts for freezing. Yield is 14 two litre yoghurt starters - 54c (starter). Plus $2 (milk) is $2.54 for 2 litres of yoghurt.|
So, I am thinking of taking up Rhonda's grocery challenge. I will be giving the spending limit for a weekly shop due consideration in the next couple of days. The limitation to my participation of course is baby boy's imminent arrival. Like a good army son should be he is due this wednesday, Anzac Day! So, bearing in mind that the next couple of shopping trips may be taken by either my mother or husband (in both cases probably without a menu plan) I am totally psyched up for Rhonda's challenge!