Posted by: molander | February 12, 2010

Put your money where your mouth is 2

…Continuing on from the previous post. Let’s talk about

Free Food!

5) Avoid wasting. Not food, not electricity, not gas, etc. Don’t you get more enjoyment from a great snack than paying for a light to illuminate a room when no one’s in it?

Tiny Garlic Toasts

Here’s a typical wasted treat… bread crusts. Thomas doesn’t like the crusts on his sandwich so I painstakingly trim them off. I save them up, toss with garlic and olive oil – sometimes sprinkle with Parmesan cheese – and toast in the oven. Did this just the other night and served with our spaghetti. (Thomas loves them when prepared like this!)  FREE FOOD… sort of.

Tiny Garlic Toasts

Tiny Garlic Toasts. Chop them smaller and they're croutons!

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Chicken Broth

Chicken Broth

A great alternative it you don't have any homemade on hand.

I seem to use a lot of chicken stock for the soup recipes our family loves. I keep it on hand (boxed and organic not canned and conventional) OR I save it.

1) Season a whole chicken (organic or Sanderson Farms which doesn’t use hormones or routine antibiotics)

2) Cook in the slow cooker all day (no added water). Chicken can be used in casseroles, on sandwiches or served plain.

3) Pour the broth into a measuring cup and refrigerate.Remove nasty fat that hardens on the top.

4) Add an equal amount of filtered water and freeze in 1 cup servings for later use in recipes. FREE CHICKEN BROTH.

If you need a refresher on why “eating clean” (as it’s called) is so important, take a look back at this post.Please read a book or watch a movie listed as references on this page and form your own opinion.

If you need a refresher on “how to be a budget organic” look back at this post.

Review Your Budget

I mentioned before that if “it’s not in your budget” then the simple solution is to fix your budget! I would say that on average my grocery bill is about $30 more a month*. (Depends on if I hit some good sales or not.) So let’s think of ways to cut $30 out of another category.

1. In our house, 10% of take-home (first fruits) goes to the church. Then we work from there.

2. Examine your bills… can you reduce your cable, phone, cell bill? Do you have features you never use? Tucker just found out he can save $45 a month by switching from his Blackberry to an iPhone and adding himself to our family plan. (His was separate for a reason that no longer exists.)

3. Entertainment/Recreation. I’m kicking myself for not having the reference for this but I heard someone say that, as parents, we’d do anything for our children– even trade our own lives for theirs and yet we buy our children cheap food “because we can’t afford it”… on our way home from getting our nails done.

Hmmm… stop for a moment and take that in. Remind me to tell you my hair color story one day.

xx

* This does not include our beef. I have not been able to locate organic beef in our area so I order it from U.S. Wellness Meats. This IS more expensive but the evidence is clear that conventional beef should avoided. So… we eat less beef and more fish.

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