February 17, 2012

Frugal February: I made that (and that .. and that)


Sweet potato and black bean enchiladas. Recipe here.
My resolution to kick my debt's ass combined with my subscriptions to LearnVest's bootcamps, have turned me into a money-saving monster machine. I'm calculating and recalculating every penny, calling up utility and credit card companies to lower my payments and interest rates, and not buying crap. Surprisingly, I'm having so much fun doing it. It feels like a game -- and I'm WINNING. (Yes, I can be very competitive.)


The biggest money-saver (besides boycotting CVS) has been making -- and sticking -- to a monthly food budget. Common sense, I know, but for some reason Jack and I failed miserably at this -- we both over-budgeted and overspent like crazy each month on food.

But not anymore. Now we plan our meals and bring our lunches, and it totally rules.

Even though I'm a pretty pathetic cook, I've made some delicious meals and side dishes in the past 14 days, including the pictured sweet potato and black bean enchiladas and:
We also started having a weekly taco night, which Jack estimates improves our overall household moral by 300 percent.

I have to say I agree.

9 comments:

  1. I am so not one for the meal planning. OR for getting home at a reasonable hour to eat. I don't even want to know how much I spend on my lunch. Ugh.

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    1. It's pretty frightening when you calculate it. I don't recommend it unless you want to have a minor panic attack.

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  2. NAAN!!! Oh my god I love naan. And that spaghetti sounds delicious. I, like you, am trying to make more foods at home. I haven't bought lunch in AGES! Though I did go to Starbucks today... And I think I need to start boycotting CVS...

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  3. I like the sound of that spaghetti! Was it good?!

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    1. OMG! So GOOD! AND SO EASY! And it's even better the next day.

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  4. Oh those enchiladas look delicious! I will have to try them out.

    I have to say i am terrible about bringing my lunch to work. I always forget and then end up spending a fortune every day.Good for you for sticking to your budget, it takes SO much will power, you should be very proud.

    xo
    Margot

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    1. Thanks girl!! It is quite empowering!

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