Well, if you read my last post, you know I am trying to figure things out if my hubby gets a principal job and I can then stay home.
It's going to take about $1900/month from our current two income family.
Of course the easiest place to look is our food bill. I buy almost all organic. I do not want to change this. However, I do buy a lot of organic convenience foods such as: cereal, granola bars, crackers, canned beans, bread, fruit leather, juice boxes, bottled water, frozen french fries, frozen ravioli. I have been shopping for a month at a time and when I look at just the convenience foods, it is almost $150 right there.
This budget also includes all toiletries, wine and beer, and soda. We usually spend about $900-1000/month for everything. However, obviously a large part of buying all of these convenience foods is because I work as well. Breakfasts are usually in the car, and any help with dinner is appreciated :)
So, mamas, help me try to tackle this food budget and bring it down to 600-700 (maybe 700 for a couple of months and then 600). What are all of the convenience items we can make ourselves that will SERIOUSLY reduce our budget...I am sure many of you are already so good at this :)
-bake my own bread
-cook dry beans
-make granola bars/cereal bars
-make fruit rollups with dehydrator (or eat fresh fruit/dried fruit)
-no more little juice boxes/bottled water for lunches - buy a thermos
-make own oven fries with potatoes
-ideas for cheaper wine/beer??
-we already make our own laundry soap
-make shampoo and body wash
-make dishwasher soap
(edited to add that I also buy quite a lot of organic frozen fruit for smoothies)