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Upping the food budget

March 29th, 2015 at 04:52 am

Moving means upping the food budget. Why? Because right now we are in mode of eating what we have but at the same time not stockpiling sales. Instead we are trying to create meals with stuff both in the freezer and pantry that need to be used up since it's not worth moving. Plus since we are moving at the end of June, the idea of buying in bulk meat or making food and freezing food seems wasteful.

I think I freaked out my DH a lot because this week we finished off a bunch of food in the freezer and it's starting to look empty. I can definitely say that we have one shelf clear. Our fridge we are eating the permanent residents and not replacing them, ie hoison, bbq sauce, etc.

Usually I buy meat and portion out the meals and freeze them. I also usually cook in bulk and we eat half and freeze for lunches the leftovers like curries, stew, chili, etc. But I've decided to stop doing it though we have three months and instead focus on cooking stuff we have and keeping the freezer lean. Before I might have bought 2 bags of fish, 2-3 meats, but now I'll keep only 1 bag of fish and 1 bag of fish.

No more stockpiling toilet paper or paper towels. I'm done with cleaning supplies and laundry detergent. Before I usually buy a backup when i'm on the last of something but now I'm running everything out and not looking for sales.

You can see the difference in the amount of stuff in the house. And while I haven't seen the difference yet in my grocery or shopping bills I bet it'll increase the amount I'm spending. Plus just eating out more for convenience of painting and packing.

7 Responses to “Upping the food budget”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I've had similar thoughts...not stock piling some things I usually do. Use up what we have first. I know as we get closer to showings there will be more eating out, especially on evenings with showings around dinner time. Although, I may stay open to making sandwiches at home and going to a park to eat while we are out. Smile

  2. Jane Says:

    Moving in a month and a half, and I've been doing the same thing. The one exception is cleaning supplies though- did stock up when I saw a good sale, because I remember that between finding unexpected dust piles when I finally move stuff that has been blocking an area forever and my OCD about personally sanitizing the kitchen/bathroom in a new place (looking clean and being clean can be very different! I don't know those people...), I always end up being grateful to have plenty of clorox, paper towels, etc on hand. Plus it might be a little more hassle to move the extras to the new place, but cleaning supplies don't go bad, so they'll get used eventually.

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    We aren't huge sandwich fans but I may do that CCF. Really depends on weather. We might also bum off friends homes! LOL.

    Jane normally I would buy extra cleaning but not worth shipping or moving it. I'll be giving away all food stuffs we don't eat and all cleaning supplies. It's probably more expensive to move it.

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Also less snacks and stuff that I normally buy on sale and keep on hand for the kids lunches and our lunches we pack I'm trying to run as lean as possible and not have excess food we end up having to give away.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    I think all of you are doing the right thing as you use up what you have before a move. New house and new stock pile...guess it is all part of the expense of moving.

  6. scfr Says:

    LAL you are doing the right thing. I didn't move a single ceaning supply; I gave them all away before we loaded our truck. I didn't want anything leaking and creating a huge mess. I had flown to Austin and picked out our apartment before our move, bought supplies, and gave it a thorough cleaning (and even had the carpets cleaned) so it was move-in ready when we arrived.

    If you like salads, think about keeping salad fixings on hand for quick easy healthy dinners that don't create any smells. When we had our house listed we were hyper-sensitive about not leaving any lingering cooking odors during showings. When it comes to aroma, what one person finds heavenly may repulse someone else.

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