Fuel prices are up, food prices are up: pretty much everything except for a Costco hot dog costs more these days. So thrift is on our minds – the Northwest Edible Life Facebook page recently posed a question: with food prices on the rise, what are people doing to try and keep budgets under control?
Eventually I get it:
- I avoid carrying cash (Erica somehow can manage this OK)
- We try to pack lunches for everyone while making or cleaning up from dinner – this avoids putting it off until the morning…and then not doing it, and then just picking something up.
- I try to keep a stash of snacks and breakfast munchies (e.g. hardboiled eggs) at the office so I don’t hit the vending machines in desperation.
- We had a baby who was born loathing car rides and expressed his displeasure with unending shrill wails, which made us more likely to walk except when automotive transport was absolutely necessary (happy accident, hard to reliably duplicate).
- We plan a few days ahead on meals so anything frozen is thawed by the time it is needed. Usually we have a couple thawed proteins in the fridge to give some choice.
- We start lettuces every month through the growing season so there is a perpetual salad bowl waiting just outside our door.
- We use cloth diapers and cloth wipes, which keeps us out of Costco, which keeps our monthly bill down.
- We make our own beer, which keeps us out of Costco, which (see above).