So here are a couple of things we have done to stay within our grocery budget.
- One thing I have done is to slowly buy many of our staples in bulk. We buy our foods from Village Foods and we receive a 10% discount on the bin price when you buy an entire bag/box of an item. So for example our whole wheat pastry flour is .89/# and I pay about .80/# by buying in bulk. I buy about 25# at a time and I buy flour once a month for $20.05. We do the same with steel cut oats, brown rice, raw sugar, Redmonds natural sea salt all of these items we usually only buy 2-5 times each year.
- Another thing I do is buy items we use a lot of such as Olive Oil in bulk at Sam's Club. I already know I cannot afford to pay for the Raw Natural Olive Oil. But since Olive Oil is by far the oil I choose to put into our food the most. Other things we buy at Sam's: yeast, baking powder, baking soda, corn starch, maple syrup, nuts & pices. So don't give up if you cannot afford 'Raw' just move on to the next best choice you can afford. It is, however, rather annoying that raw things cost more. One would think since you do not have to process an item it would be cheaper but apparently not! Oh well, maybe one day the price will come down!
- The final thing we have done is look for ways to buy things you want at a more economical price for instance we are going to be buying some cocunut oil from Mountian Rose Herbs in the next two weeks. It's much cheaper to buy it in bulk then it is to buy the dinky little containers most stores have.
Here is a hearty recipe we like around here utilizing left over rice :
Rooster Hill's Whole Wheat Rice Pancakes (serves 6)
- 2 cups leftover Cooked Rice, white or brown
- 3 cups buttermilk (or yogurt or soy yogurt)
- 3 cups white or whole wheat flour or half each
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 medium eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice(optional)