We’ve done a pretty good job these last few years of planning meals, cooking at home, and stocking up on food when it’s on sale at the grocery store. But tonight I feel like we’ve hit a tipping point. Here’s why.
Tonight my husband did the grocery shopping. When he got home, and I was finishing unloading and putting away the groceries, I realized we had no more room in the freezer. Literally. I had to squish the last few things in there.
And we have two freezers that we use.
From the free Thanksgiving turkey we got using supermarket points last November to leftover batches of chicken soup I’d made two weeks ago when I was sick and which I’d frozen for later use, we have enough food in the freezer to make at least a month’s worth of dinners. At least that’s what I think.
So here’s the deal my husband and I made tonight. We’re going to embark on a frugal dinner challenge between now and the Ides of March.
We’ve done the no new spending month. We’ve taken a spin with The Grocery Game. This time around, except for produce and dairy, we aren’t going to buy anything new to make dinner for the next month. If we want something that we don’t already have in the freezer or the pantry, we’ll have to do without, find a substitution, or make something from scratch to fill in.
I’ll keep you posted on how our frugal dinner challenge is going by posting what we made for dinner from items we already owned. I’m pleased to announce that in the past three nights, we’ve already done just that–with pot stickers and rice from Trader Joe’s on Saturday, gnocchi with vodka sauce (that my husband made from scratch) on Sunday, and chicken, baked potatoes, and salad tonight.
If you’ve embarked on a similar dinner challenge, I’d love to hear more about it.