Monday, April 14, 2008

Grocery Budget

Several sources have told me that to cut down on monthly costs you need to reign in your food budget...or at least pay attention to what you spend at the grocery store. John and I use a computerized envelope system and it has worked for us. Here is the specific program we've used for 9 years. Beyond that, I plan meals from sale flyers.

This Proverbs 31 woman posts links (one is an ABC video) about cooking from the 99 cent store. Interesting.

A cookbook that I've enjoyed in the past is Miserly Meals: Tasty recipes for under 75 cents per serving. (I don't use cookbooks much these days - I prefer using allrecipes.com)

3 comments:

Zach and Julie Anderson said...

Hi Julie, You don't know me...but I just sent you a message via your ministryhome.org site too. I also work with CCC and I have a little boy who will be 4 in June. I love reading your blog! I accidently found it and I am thankful...it is so fun to read and get great ideas, thanks!

I also wanted to ask you about the electronic system with Dave... is that free or do you have to pay for it? Living overseas it is a bit more expensive to take cash out of the ATM, so we use our cards more... and so I was curious about the electronic version. Do you like it... any thoughts would be great. Thanks!
Have a great day
julie anderson in budapest, hungary

Evenspor said...

Planning weekly meals helps our budget a lot. Leaving my husband home when I go grocery shopping does wonders for saving money too. :p We also just got a deep freee so we can stock up on meat from Costco and not have to buy that at the grocery store any more. I think that helps. Although, going to Costco can be dangerous for the budget too, with that big movie and book section right in the middle of everything.

Julie said...

I just added the link to the specific program we use. it's http://www.ncidea.com/pplan.aspx

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