It’s June and and it seems like one crisis after another has created way too much unplanned spending. Time to get back to the budget! This month I am going to share tips on how we live frugally on one income.
My first task for June 1st is to take inventory of the food we have in the house (free printable below!). We are fortunate to have a large pantry and chest freezer in addition to our main fridge/freezer, and I recently purchased 15 organic pastured chickens to put in the freezer, so we do have chicken! (Why did we buy instead of raise our own this time? Because a local farm was having a half off sale to get ready for their new crop of chickens, so I purchased organic, pastured chickens for what I would have paid if we raised them ourselves – and I didn’t have to do a thing. They even delivered them to my doorstep free!)
Eating a mostly organic diet with a 5 person family can be expensive, so we buy in bulk when we can and grow as much of our own food as possible. What we don’t grow we try to buy in season and on sale. Buying local and seasonally is a new thing for me, and I’m still learning! We do buy processed foods (especially spaghetti!) and some convenience foods. We aren’t perfect, we aren’t 100% organic, we just do our best with what we can afford.
I created some tools for me to use this month, and thought I’d share them with you as well. You can get them HERE or click on any of the pictures. The link will allow you to download all pages as one document, you do not need to download individually.