I am cooking for one most of the time; leftovers are fine. I usually use them for a part of another meal, not the same meal again. Veggies are best when just prepared though. I do most advance meal planning if I have freezer room for fruit, veggies, box meals (horrid but convenient and calorie portioned). Target made it into Manhattan...and so did Trader Joes...I love Trader Joes! I stovetop grill more than microwave at home, like it better. Coupons I give to friends with bigger families.
Pounds lost: 7.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,161) Posts: 485 1/29/11 9:09 A
my family especially my hubby doesn't eat frozen dinners not even home made so i cook almost 2 a day but some days it is clean the frigde day we take out left overs and eat them no cooking for the half day , no coupons that are worth in greece i usually buy store brand
I have mentioned my cookbooks: "Once A Month Cooking" by Mimi Wilson & Mary Beth Lagerborg. I have their original book. then a couple years ago, I bought one of the newer versions that has healthier recipes. I can use the 2 week plan & divide the recipes into two meals.
I find that using a plan like this not only makes life simpler the rest of the month, it also makes better use of the produce purchased. I waste very little.
Linda - North East Indiana, USA `Goal to build myself up to reach 1,000 fitness minutes per month.
I had used those meal preparation services to "package" one month of dinners in two hours. Later on, I used the Freezer Menus from savingdinner.come to plan the month. I would shop on a Friday evening, and prepare one month worth of dinners the next day. It saved me a great deal, but it was really time consuming. My goal this year is to resume meal planning. For now, I will just start a weekly plan instead.
Fitness Minutes: (240,150) Posts: 41,908 1/17/11 4:31 P
I guess I am lucky as one of our major grocery stores features bogos (buy one get one free) every week and in addition they allow you to use manufacturer's coupons so sometimes I almost get an item for free. I try to stock up on things that will keep when it is like this. I usually do a major cooking on Sunday afternoon-like a roast beef dinner and then try to freeze enough for at least one more meal for us. I will usually make soup at least once a week and try to freeze enough of that for 2-3 meals. As I care for my father (99) I make up homemade tv dinners for him from our meals as I try to watch his salt intake. He loves his sweets so I usually make something every week, we each get one serving and the rest goes to him and depending on what it is, it will likely have some individual portions frozen. He has enough cookies (from Christmas) to last him 3-4 months!
I don't have any specific day that I do things on. I make up a menu for 2 weeks to a month and grocery list as needed. I don't use many coupons because most of my cooking is from scratch and I usually don't find coupons for the things I buy. A lot of the time when I cook, I will make more than what we will eat and freeze another meals worth. We use a lot of leftovers (planed overs) for lunches for my husband and me.
April Minutes: 2,967
Fitness Minutes: (182,881) Posts: 2,113 1/16/11 7:16 P
Australia doesn't have a coupon culture so no on that one. Sunday is probably the only day I fruge up noticeably. It's market day so I usually get as much as I think I can eat/store in a week. Some things are messy - e.g. jackfruit - so I might as well butcher it all in one go. Unless I'm doing a stir fry on the same night, I will steam my leafy greens put in a container in the fridge. And if I'm undertaking a major-ish bit of kitchen work like making tempeh then Sunday is probably the day I'll do it. Making healthy dips for snacking also falls into this category. Beetroot hommous yesterday ... nom nom nom!
current weight: 146.0
Fitness Minutes: (25) Posts: 1,646 1/16/11 12:47 P
I'm convinced that New York City is another country -- I don't have any of the shopping experiences that other people on the team have.
Weekends here are the worst food shopping days -- weekdays are better, and there are usually "manager's specials". I've been getting home after 10pm, so I walk to a 24-hour supermarket in the neighborhood.
Manufacturer's coupons have been worthless for decades. The stores are alerted in advance and raise the prices accordingly. Smaller stores either don't accept the coupons at all, or give you a really hard time about them. The last time I remember using a manufacturer's coupon here (without incident) was in the late 1970s.
We don't have bulk stores for anything -- those are out of reach in New Jersey, Connecticut, or out on Long Island -- and I doubt we'll ever get one here. Right now, there's a major protest against a potential WalMart that wants to open in Manhattan. (The same people don't protest against places like Starbuck's or The Gap, so don't ask me to explain.)
I do try to prepare at least one set of meals for the week. I do that on the weekend. But I also leave some cooking for the weeknights because I live in a small basement apartment and using the stove makes the apartment warmer.
How many of us have one or two days a week wherein we set up/organize our Frugal Week? Is Friday your shopping day where you go to the market armed with a portfolio of coupons and match the store coupons to manufacturer coupons for optimal savings? Is Saturday the day you go to your local bulk warehouse store and then spend the day repackaging meats and such in smaller portions to freeze; stocking shelves and pantry? How about Sunday? Do you do as I do and spend the day cooking soups, bread, casseroles, and such, and then making portions sizes to freeze or put in the fridge, to eat Frugally throughout the week?
Today is Set Up Sunday for me. I will be making pot stickers (good for soups and main courses), breads (both whole wheat sandwich loaf and whole wheat focaccia), and tofu (I'm vegan and make my own tofu at home). I also picked up some goodies on sale, yesterday... $.99 sale on Betty Crocker stuff, so I will make brownies to portion out, and some fudge as well, to wrap in plastic. This way the kids have sweet treats throughout the week that cost less than half of what it would cost to buy a box of cookies.
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