If you know me, you know at least these two things: 1) I love to cook and find new recipes, and 2) I’m always on the hunt for new and delicious things to try.
As you saw in a previous post, I love Pinterest. Prior to Pinterest, I would watch cooking shows, browse through countless websites, Google something that might sound good, etc. It was kind of time-consuming, now that I think about it. And a little wasteful (I would often print recipes, so often that I have a binder filled with them).
If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, it’s basically a bunch of virtual bulliten/idea boards where you can organize links to things like recipes, clothing, exercises, decor, DIY projects, etc, rather than printing everything out or saving them in your browser’s bookmarks. You can search for certain things, you can see what your friends are pinning, and you can make your own boards and save things to them. I currently have 24 boards (I like lots of things lol).
So this comes to cooking with Pinterest. Of course you can find something every day, make a grocery list, and go to the store daily, but I don’t want to do that. I like to try and do one, maybe two trips max. Any more than that, and I buy things I don’t really need. I tend to be a tad adventerous and make meals from new recipes about 4 times a week. I try to, at least. But with there being only two of us, I’ve been trying out around 2 new recipes a week and easy go-to recipes for the other nights.
Anyway, the BIGGEST help for you is the magical grocery list! It’s not really magical, but when I remember to use it (and stick to it), it’s a little magical lol.
Things that make grocery list assembly easier and budget-friendly:
- Making the grocery list is much easier if you’re the primary grocery shopper. You generally have a good idea of what you have, what you don’t have, what you could use more of, etc.
- Select recipes that share the same/similar ingredients. I love using fresh herbs, but there is no herb on the market that is just 1/4 cup. Or a “sprinkle” for garnish.
- Check the local ads to see what’s on sale. I’ve eliminated buying those dinners in a box where you just add meat and water, so I keep my eyes on the produce and meats. I just recently bought 10 chicken thighs for $6.50 , so I portioned them out and froze them to thaw for later meals. [I have marinade recipes I use for chicken all the time (will post later when I cook them) because I’m one of those few people who actually kind of hates chicken. I like it when it’s good, but for the most part I’d rather do without it.] The idea here is to select recipes where the ingredients call for something that’s on sale. More money saved!
- Eat before you go to the store. I’ve heard this over and over again. I never really believed it until I noticed a pattern of buying “snacky” things when I went right after work. It’ll save your wallet and waistline 🙂
- Clean out the fridge before you go to the store. It’s just easier to put things away when there is more room.
- Arrange grocery list by the sections in the store. Start in the non-perishables and make your way to the fresh, then refrigerated/frozen items. I actually just started consciously doing this. I guess I never noticed I’d walk back and forth, back and forth just from writing things out of order lol.
Have you learned anything helpful that I haven’t listed here? Please share!
I’m the meantime, happy reading, pinning, cooking, planning, etc etc lol!