i think its great too, but take your food shopping to another level:
also don't over buy food. I did a budget bootcamp. Grant you mine was with all raw food, but you can make it work for cooked stuff too. There are staples you can have in your freezer such as some frozen chicken breasts, maybe a couple of steaks or sausage. But for the fridge, watch how many greens you stash. Keep your fresh veggies down to a minimum.
What i do is I go through the recipes that i am going to make that week. I have it in 4 columns. The first column is the ingredients of the recipes. The second column is the amount needed. the third column is a total needed (sometimes for the second column I may have three or 4 entries as i am making multiple recipes that share ingredients. the 4th column is what do i need to buy. Some of the ingredients may be staples such as salt, pepper, spices, nuts, seeds, etc. However the fresher ingredients i don't like to stock large portions of.
For example, spaghetti and meatballs are on your plan. You decide to make fresh sauce. So you list out the ingredients-- tomato, carrots, tomato paste, peppers, onions, etc. List how much of each you need in column 2. maybe you are also thinking of making a large salad. Some of the ingredients used in the tomato sauce are also in your salad. instead of writing down tomatoes again, just add another entry into column 2.
Once you are done planning, total column 2 into column 3. Now check what you have on hand. Some of the dry ingredients you may already have and don't need. However, say you need 8 tomatoes to fill your recipes and you still have 4 on hand. Now you only need 4 more.
also I have found not to buy in bulk. The only thing I may buy in bulk is fresh berries and things. I freeze those. Cheaper to buy in season, then freeze instead of buying frozen already. I don't buy my greens in bulk.
I have been following this plan for the last month and have thrown out almost nothing. I actually saved a lot of money.
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