Posts Tagged ‘new year

I’m working on my shopping list, I’m really excited to see how much I can buy/save/plan this week. I have a little system to figure out the expense of everything I cook with. I posted a new page on my Staples with my essential spices. I kinda feel like “essential” is a bit of a stretch, there are FORTY listed but I honestly can’t imagine cooking without them!

But to save some navigating, here is the complete list in no particular order:

  1. Allspice
  2. Ancho Chile Powder
  3. Anise seed
  4. Arrowroot
  5. Bay leaves
  6. Basil
  7. Cardamom
  8. Cayenne pepper
  9. Celery Seed
  10. Chile Powder
  11. Chinese 5 Spice
  12. Cinnamon
  13. Cloves
  14. Coriander
  15. Cream of tartar
  16. Cumin
  17. Curry Powder
  18. Dill Weed
  19. Dry Mustard
  20. Garam masala
  21. Garlic – Granulated
  22. Garlic Pepper
  23. Ginger
  24. Hot sauce (Tabasco, etc)
  25. Lemon Pepper
  26. Nutmeg
  27. Onion – Powder & Minced
  28. Oregano
  29. Paprika
  30. Parsley
  31. Peppercorns/Salt Assorted Varieties
  32. Red pepper flakes
  33. Rosemary
  34. Sage
  35. Seasoned salt
  36. Sesame seeds
  37. Tarragon
  38. Thyme
  39. Tumeric
  40. Vanilla

Posted on: January 31, 2013

Click the link at the top to see the USDA Thrifty Food Plans. I think this chart is very insightful. It was put together by the USDA to illustrate food budgets for households and to have a baseline for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, what they call food stamps these days.) The budgets range from “thrifty” to “liberal”  and take into account your household makeup by sex and age. The current pop culture debate is whether or not people can live on a food stamp budget or whether people can even afford to eat well and make better choices.

I’ve never closely tracked my food purchases, but I do see myself as a “thrifty” shopper while still bringing home a wide variety of fresh produce and whole foods. For my family size, my monthly food budget should be anywhere from $677.30 (thrifty) to $1318.63 (liberal, I WISH!!!) 

Currently I try to stay around $100/week for groceries, not including incidentals, diapers, dog food, etc. I’m pretty sure I blow that out of the water but I will follow my shopping habits for a few weeks and see where they are and how I can improve. After all, my motto for the year is Be Happy with Less. I’d love to only spend $400 a month on groceries and still maintain my healthy staples. 

I can’t tell you how many times I hear people tell me “I’d eat better if I could afford it.” But you can! Check back for some upcoming posts on how to eat better for less. No couponing, I promise! 

USDA Thrifty Food Plans

Helllloooo New Year! 

I’m committing to a few things.

First off, I don’t really do “Resolutions” for the New Year because I can’t stay motivated and constricted (I mean, REALLY! Who can go a whole year without fast food or biting their finger nails?) I do however like to pick a theme upon which I will reflect upon. 2013 is the year to be HAPPY with LESS. Have LESS of everything so that you can experience MORE. This is a good blanket theme that can go towards obvious and not so obvious goals like Weight, Clutter, Stress, Anxiety, Self-Doubt, Lack of Energy, etc. 

Just had a birthday, so the ever present “what am I doing with my life?!” questions have been popping in my head. Long story short, I am going to:

  1. Verbalize
  2. Visualize
  3. Realize

I honestly don’t know where all these positive feelings and energy are coming from, I certainly have not been a well of sunshine at ALL. But whatever, maybe I’m having a mental breakdown, BUT AT LEAST IT’S A HAPPY ONE! 

Started keeping bad carbs in check, have gone down 6 or 7 lbs since the start of the New Year. Not bad, not bad. 

I’ve been a big fan of Smoothies lately and I can even get the kids to eat them. I’ll post one soon.

It’s good to be back.