Well, my list making last week was very successful. My house stayed a lot cleaner this past week and hopefully will continue to do so!
This week, I am going to tell you an easy way to save money. Are you ready for it? Eat the food that you already have! See, I told you it was easy. In America, we waste so much food from having it spoil. How much food do you throw away that has gone bad? That got pushed to the back of the fridge and forgotten? I realized a long time ago, that I can save money, and also keep my pantry and fridge clean by doing one simple thing. Eating the food I already have! The last few days before pay day, my kids are complaining that there is nothing to eat, even though there are still plenty of things in the fridge and pantry. When it is shopping day (A.K.A. pay day), we buy enough food for 2 weeks, except for bread/milk. Everything else has to last us two weeks. We save money by staying out of the stores (you can’t spend when you aren’t shopping!) and by eating everything we have before it spoils. It has been a very long time since I had to clean out a moldy Tupperware container! We can cut our budget significantly by not buying snack foods, and only buying food for meals, drinking water and not soda/juice, but mostly because we eat what we already bought! It also is a very easy way to clean the fridge when it is nearly empty. The shelves can be quickly cleaned before you put the new groceries in there. I challenge you to try to eat what you have before it spoils, and see how much you can save by being creative making new meals with the food already in your pantry and fridge. Here is a picture of my fridge two days before payday. Try holding off buying more food until payday and see how much money you can save by not eating out, but by getting creative. And BONUS, an easy to clean fridge and pantry 🙂