I'm sharing 31 Days of Grocery Savings during the month of March so you can tackle your grocery spending and improve your family budget. See the roundup of video posts.
Today's strategy is: have a backup plan. I hurt myself over the weekend, which put a dent in my usual tasks that get me ready for the week. Things happen! Save yourself a lot of money and stress by keeping a few “back up meals” on hand, like a frozen pizza or lasagna, canned soup, or an easy pantry meal. I know that there are times when I get sick after taking care of 3 sick kids, and it's nice to have something easy to throw together to feed everyone instead of spending $30+ on takeout.
Some of my back-up meals are:
- Garbanzo & Artichoke Quinoa (everything is canned but the Feta), also good on angel hair pasta.
- Breakfast for dinner–scrambled eggs or omelets, toast and fruit (since we almost always have eggs in the house)
- Simple Soups–you can make this Tortellini Soup a pantry/freezer meal by stocking frozen spinach, dried or frozen tortellini, and chicken broth.
- Broccoli Pie–this is my “go to” meal when I have no other idea what to make. As long as we have eggs & milk, I can make this recipe (sans chicken) or a combination of it with whatever cheese and veggie I have in the freezer. I've done broccoli with cheddar and spinach with mozzarella, just winging it. It's crustless, so I just use a bit of gluten-free flour in place of the Bisquick.