It sucks but I am actually having to work out a weekly budget so I can get through the next couple of months with some spending money leftover for our trip.
First to go will be Kit-Kat McFlurries from the Evil Golden Arches, Tuna-Mayo Onigiri from 7-11, Diet Cokes from the vending machines. Hey I might actually lose some weight if I cut back on all that junk food!
As far as the bulk of my spending goes it's on groceries for the family. I need to find a way of cooking nutritious filling meals for the family on a budget without my husband feeling like he's getting a raw deal (especially since he's not coming on the trip we will be saving for).
It's easy to do in Autumn and Winter with homely soups, nabe one-pot meals and steaming stews. Don't you think?
This morning I went to the local farmer's market and got loads of fresh seasonal vegetables. Before we left I put some pork chops in the Crockpot for tonight's dinner. I also made a simple rice and mushroom dish in the rice cooker.
I threw some canned beans and corn kernels together with a vinaigrette for the makings of a salad. I was pleased with the salad. I normally make too much and a lot is wasted. So I emptied the corn and the beans directly into a Ziploc fridge container and made the vinaigrette directly on top of it (hit & miss shake method). I rinsed the lettuce leaves, added the corn & bean mixture to that - in the exact quantity we needed. The rest is in the fridge and will be used in the same manner tomorrow, either for my lunch or for dinner. I might even give some to my son in his lunch box. No wastage!
Since I do live in Japan and I have access to Japanese food I have hauled out my trusty Japanese cookbook. It's pretty rudimentary but it's served me well for eleven years. I figure cooking and eating local food will be more economical. Please send me your recipes or ideas, thanks!