Christmas is looming on our financial horizon. Our budget doesn’t really accommodate several huge costs in one month.
The list of holiday “needs” are high (not that I need to enlighten you!)
- Santa gifts
- Gifts from Mom and Dad (us)!
- Gifts for family/work exchanges
- Hostess gifts
- Gatherings with friends
- Food for the Christmas Dinner
- Food Contributions to Christmas Dinners/Festivities
- Recreational Beverages
- Travel to Christmas festivities
- Charitable Donations
- Family Portraits
We had planned to save all year to avoid this crunch and we did our best but life doesn’t always follow along a straight path.
I decided last week that I was going to skip a grocery trip. You did what?! What about your children?? I can hear my mother’s voice screaming at the computer right now as she is reading this…relax mom…The children are not going without. We are just limiting their culinary choices for a week. “Hey you, you don’t like red peppers? EAT THEM” In all seriousness, our children eat fairly well.
It was unavoidable to purchase rice milk (7 L), bananas, 18 x eggs and chocolate chips (we NEED cookies). The cost of a small grocery trip was $20 as opposed to our usual $175 per week.
It has been a wonderful challenge for me. We were at the point where we “have no food” “there is nothing to eat”. There were onions, carrots, one sweet potato, a couple of potatoes, lettuce, 2 peppers, apples, cheese and yoghurt. It is true we have nothing easy to eat or pre-packaged or ready-made. We were long ago forced into the art of scratch cooking due to our son’s allergies. I do wish for the day of popping in a frozen pizza or frozen French fries…but…I am never certain how he will react.
On the Smith Menu:
- Quiche (this required me to attempt pastry…)
- slow cooker pork chops, sweet potato fries and salad
- leftover pork (1 pork chop) in fried rice and salad
- Butternut squash soup
- pizza (vegetarian) with home-made pizza dough
- breakfast for dinner
- hamburgers and French fries
- home-made hummus and pita chips
- Italian bread from the bread maker to serve with soup or make toast for breakfast
- Desserts: lemon meringue pie and cookies
I think this little exercise made me remember “waste not, want not”. A phrase my mother would repeat over and over. You can scrape dinners together with meagre beginnings and end with great results.
I may adopt this “mini grocery trip” every six weeks. It requires resourcefulness and demands a less-picky dinner crowd at our table.
I have a sign hanging in my laundry room “Be Thankful”. I am thankful to have ENOUGH food in our fridge, a place to cook it and people to share it with. BE THANKFUL for what you have. It is something that I need reminding of each day. BE THANKFUL.