- Improvise with loss leaders and perishable foods. Catherine at Wise Bread shares her techniques for freestyle frugality in the kitchen.
- Realize that the freestyle plan was entirely dependent on my whim and energy level. It was too easy to fall back on PB & J or frozen pizza.
- Develop a dinner plan loosely based on sales flyers. But lunch, oh lunch, how weak my will! We are running errands, and everyone is hungry!
- Lunch at home, even if it's the same thing every day. Jeana's in-for-lunch series nudged me back into the frugal zone.
- Cook like a 1950's woman and realize that more planning = less thinking, less temptation.
- Sketch out 3 meals a day based on seasonal produce and sales.
Sales-based menu + no thinking = I can do this!
--My friend Christy eats well on less by cutting nonessentials.
--Barb tells how she feeds a family of 6.
--Money Saving Mom on balancing health and frugality.
--Kim C.'s children calculate the cost of their favorite meals.
(Have a post about healthy budget menus? Leave your link in the comments!)