Thursday, February 25, 2016

Trying To Eat Healthy On A Tight Budget

I have really committed myself to eating healthier.
I wish I had done this years ago but I can only deal with the here and now.
I am trying to deal with over spending on my budget.
I mean, my expenses seem to be more than my basic every month income.
However, I can't just toss the food that I already have in my pantry and freezer!
Here's just a fraction of what I mean!

I am buying all organic fruits and vegetables (perishables) that are on the "dirty dozen plus" list, but what about all the canned and boxed things in my pantry and my freezer?

I can't afford to throw it away and start fresh.
So . . .
I'll try and just cook from what I have and when I need new, I will buy much healthier.  
That will prove to be some interesting meals!
*I'll put some links to the "Dirty Dozen Plus" and the "Clean 15" at the bottom of this post.
(It is referring to what fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides sprayed on them.) 

Now, my menu planning venture.
I have downloaded some menu planning templates I can use but I will have to go stand in my pantry and sort though my frozen foods in my freezers to make out the menus.
(There's loads of menu planning things on Pinterest.)
I want to make the menus from what I have and not have to go shopping.  That will save me money till the end of the month.  (Because my grocery envelope is about empty!)

It's going to require some thought and some undisturbed quiet time!
My brain doesn't work as well as it used to!

Any ideas about any of the above would be deeply appreciated!


  1. Shirley, I keep telling the Pres to stop shopping...he goes each week and we have cabinets and freezers full just as you do! The man just will not listen!!...:)JP

  2. I had that problem without even eating healthy - I just can't resist sales at the grocery store! When we remodeled, I cut my pantry space by 2/3. It helped! We also got rid of the chest freezer. We were only eating the top layer and the bottom items were OLD! We ate what we felt was safe, took a load to the dump and gave the freezer to my son. We went from a family of 7 to a family of 2 and it was an adjustment! I am loving this series though. I like the idea of menu planning. I need to go through my cupboards and make a plan like yours.


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