I wouldn't necessarily say I am thrifty.
In fact, I am the complete opposite...Unless of coarse Hubby is asking me, then I am very frugal, and always shop in the bargain/clearance section.
I wish I could say I could walk into a thrift store and find something worth buying, but..
And Probably the most thrify-ish shopping you will find me doing is at Ross or Marshalls.
But since I have been married, and Hubby has been in grad school, you can only imaging we are far from high-rollers. And even though Hubby would bet his life savings that I have it in my mind we are Bazillionaires, I am learning, key word, that I need to be better at how I spend my money.
Especially on groceries. Let's just say, if one looked at my grocery bill, then you could assume I was feeding a family of 5. yikes. AND, one might also assume, since I am really only feeding a family of 2 1/2, that by the cost of my purchases, we must be hefty eaters.
Not true. Well, hefty eaters, I dunno, I really...really..like food.
So where did it all go wrong? For some time now, I have really focused on my spending, and why I would end up spending so much on groceries. I thought, maybe I should share some tips on what not to do when buying groceries, because like I said, I am still learning on what to do.
The DEFINITELY DO NOTS of Grocery Shopping
1. Don't buy EVERYTHING organic.-I assumed that because it was organic, it was better for you. And although this is definitely the case in some regards, it is not the case in others. Here is how it goes: When buying organic fruits and veggies, follow the rules of the Dirty Dozen. ONLY the items on the dirty dozen list is best to be purchased organic. Items like pineapples and avocados don't. And trust me, the price of an organic avocado to a non organic one is a great difference. I also always buy dairy and meat for my Hubby organic. No questions asked. That will not change.
2. Don't buy everything you see.-I am like this in the grocery store: "I'll take that, and that, and that, and that. Oh wait, how much is it? OK here is my leg and my arm to cover the bill.."
I have learned that going with a list is crucial. At the beginning of the week I have written everything down that I want to make and want to have in the house. That way I go with a plan, instead of using my head/stomach to decide for me.
3. Don't get sucked into labels. -I will buy something if it says "Buy me, I am Delicious!", but for others, things like low fat, no sugar, healthy, brand new, yadda yadda can grab your attention. Research products out before spending a hefty penny on something they say is worth it.
4. Don't Covet-Being a blogger, I read tons of other blogs and get SUCKED into wanting to make what they posted RIGHT.THAT.VERY.SECOND. Alot of ingredients are unheard of, have to be ordered on line, and are pretty darn expensive. RESEARCH! I am not even going to mention some of the ingredients I have in my household that I purchased that I have NO idea what to do with them. Research recipes, research what the ingredients are for and their benefits.
5. Don't always shop at natural food stores. -There is this certain store by where I live that I call hell. If I walk in there, I am gonna get hell for it when I get home :) kidding, but I really have a hard time not spending Baby Boo's college fund in there. Certain things I agree are necessary, but not everything. AND a lot of times, the natural food grocers jack up their prices JUST because they can. Rude I know. Smart, but rude.
I hope some of these tips help you like they have been helping me...and my wallet.
And my relationship :)
But buying cheap only does so much for the Hubby. It's the delicious dinners that really win him over..
What a sucker..
1/4 large onion diced
1 TB EVOO
2 TB chopped garlic
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup chopped artichoke
2 cups diced butternut squash( i used precooked frozen butternut squash)-
1/4 cup diced walnuts
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
salt and pepper
Thawed Phyllo dough
1. In a heated pan, add EVOO, onion, and garlic and cook 4-5 minutes on med-low heat until they begin to caramelize. Stir Frequently. Then add spinach and stir every so often until spinach begins to wilt, about 3 minutes. Then add artichokes & squash and stir until combined. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and let cook about 6-7 minutes med heat. Stir frequently. Then add in walnuts. Season with more S & P to taste.
2. Prepare phyllo dough according to packages. I cut mine in half.
3. Place a couple spoon fulls of filling at the top of one side of the phyllo dough and add a few crumbles of goat cheese.
4. Fold Phyllo dough all the way down. I folded mine like you were folding up a flag.
5. Repeat steps until all the filling is used. I stuffed my pockets pretty full, so I only got about 5 or 6 pockets, so it all depends on the size. You can fold your pockets any way your want. There isn't a right way. Maybe there is, I just don't know about it :)
6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until phyllo becomes golden brown.
I had never worked with phyllo dough until this. I have NO idea why I waited so long!?
Every crispy bite made me want to run out an buy more phyllo dough and make more!! hha
See what I mean. Impulse buyer anyone??
I hope Baby Boo doesn't turn out like me with the whole spending regards thing,
Because I don't know how many more arms and legs I can sell before I run out...