Since leaving my job this summer, one of my goals is to reduce our monthly expenditures. And after tracking our income/spending for several months using Mint.com, the first spending category I’m targeting to reduce is Food.
Obviously, the first item on the food expenditure list to bring to the chopping block is Restaurants (going out to eat). Too often, after both worked a long day and we failed to plan ahead to know what “we” (didn’t I cook last night- that could be its own blog post…) would prepare that night, one would order “take out”. Not only is the habit addictive (ex- every Friday), expensive but also tough on the waist line.
Avoiding going out to eat saves serious $$$$ but cooking at home also can be tasty with minimal effort. One simple trick is “use what you got.” Often, we have enough ingredients to put something together. Today is a perfect example. I found a package of Japanese noodles (not egg) in the back of the cupboard. After a quick Google search, in a bout 12 seconds I found this recipe for “Spicy Soba Noodles With Chicken and Peanut Sauce.” Looking at the ingredients, about 95% we already possessed. No need to hit the Ballard Market or Top Banana (which I like to refer to as “the banana stand” (homage to Arrested Development).
Can’t wait until Supper