While in graduate school, I lived mainly off rice and potatoes. Literally, not figuratively.
Even though Mr. DebtFreeJD and I are trying to cut our grocery bill costs in November, I am absolutely not interested in returning to my graduate school days. I spent some time thinking about how to feel like we were living an abundant life while spending less money on food. Could we cut food costs and still feel like we were living in luxury?
I think the answer is absolutely yes. I know it is possible because my father is a fabulous cook, and makes extravagantly delicious food, and yet spends very little per meal. In a later post, I’ll share some advice he gave me on how to achieve the same results. For the time being, I’ll just let you know about how this same attitude manifested in the DebtFreeJD household this weekend.
First, I organized the rest of our food storage – refrigerator, freezer, baking cabinet, and so forth. (No before and after pictures here, as I figured you all were much better off not seeing “before” photos.) Organization made it obvious how much food we have hanging around – i.e., a lot!
Second, we went on our monthly Costco run. There is nothing to make a person feel wealthy quite like having 1.5 pounds of cheese and 4 pounds of bacon in the fridge.
Third, I know there is a time of day that I am most often tempted to buy food out. Breakfast. I love: take-out coffee, bagels, muffins . . . muffins . . . muffins . . . . I’m often pressed for time in the mornings, and so the urge to reach for my credit card can be overwhelming if there’s nothing easy (and tasty) to eat in our home. Considering this in advance, I made a 11 blueberry muffins, and 11 pumpkin muffins. REGARDEZ!:
Those twenty-two muffins have been reduced to about 15 survivors post a full-scale invasion by Mr. DebtFree (full disclosure: I helped). Nevertheless, that should be plenty to get me through the week . . . considering the huge amount of oatmeal cooked up by Mr. DebtFreeJD on Sunday night. Plus the bacon.
Fourth, I washed our tablecloth, napkins, and placemats . Having something nice to eat off of (in addition to something nice to eat) definitely contributes to a feeling of having more than enough at meal times.
Hopefully, we are now well-prepared for a week of frugal, yet luxurious eating!