So we just got slapped in the face with our first full electric bill. Omgoodness! I nearly can’t understand it. 400 plus? Are you kidding me? Needless to say this has been a game changer on how we live. No worries though we are up for the challenge. First of all its half our fault. Leaving lights on and not shutting down computers at night is a huge drain. Turning the heat up instead of bundling up or building a fire is another. We are now being more aware of these things through out the day. Another huge expense is food! I usually spend blindly on food. I like organic but at this point I’m going to have to pick and choose what we eat organic and what we don’t. I know for one thing I will always buy chicken raised with no hormones or antibiotics, that is one thing I’m not willing to back down from. Another is Gmo products. I won’t use them! All the other stuff we will have to wash well/ soak to extract harmful chemicals and trust God to cover us from any harmful effects non organic food can cause.
I started off by looking on Pinterest for budget friendly meals and I found a great article (http://frugalandthriving.com.au/2014/how-to-eat-well-on-an-extremely-tight-grocery-budget/ ). This totally jump started a new way of thinking and this is what I did today…… Made homemade chicken noodle soup from a leftover rotisserie chicken, then made broth from the bones.
I made some amazing sweet potato biscuits with a leftover baked sweet potato then ate the other one for lunch. (http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2014/02/03/sweet-potato-biscuits/)
Next my daughters and I made some homemade eggless sugar cookies. I chose eggless because I was out of eggs. But let me tell you, they were Tha Bomb! Easter is around the corner and I can’t skimp on festivities with my girls. I think mostly everyone has the ingredients to make sugar cookies on hand at any given time. (http://www.novicehousewife.com/2014/02/02/eggless-sugar-cookies/)
Lastly we juiced some organic apples I had bought a while back but we’re too mealy to eat. We threw in some frozen kale a carrot that needed to be used and a mango and strawberries that were on their last leg. It was good! My goal is to use every thing we have and not throw anything out until it has been used to the max or gone.