This month in the Eat Well, Spend Less series, the focus was on goals and “resolutions” for 2012. Here’s a roundup of everyone’s posts on this great topic!
I wrote about my goals of wasting less in the kitchen over on Denver Bargains. I’m really trying to develop some good habits in this area and have identified a few ways that I can save money by wasting less, specifically in the kitchen. There were some great comments from readers, too!
Tammy from Tammy’s Recipes shares her food goals for 2012 and a report of her goals for 2011 and how she did. She says, “while I don’t think I can actually reduce this year’s food budget (can we say growing kids?!), I want to do more without spending more.” Great inspiration from a family who only ate out 6-8 times last year (and that includes hotdogs at Costco a couple of times!)
Jessica from Life As Mom is focusing on teaching her boys how to independently cook. She says, “Teaching my kids to cook will help us to eat well and spend less while they live in our home. I won’t be the sole cook and bottle washer or as tempted to run for take-out on a night when I’m just too tired. I can call in the reserves!” And, of course, it also will help them tremendously when they are on their own!
Aimee from Simple Bites is about to have a baby, like me, and is focusing on smart snacks for mom and baby during these last few weeks. It can be really hard to eat well when your actual stomach is so tiny that you can’t eat a full meal and end up snacking all day, and Aimee has some great suggestions for healthy snacks.
Katie from Kitchen Stewardship takes my puny goals of wasting less and blows them out of the water with her ideas for making chicken broth not once, but three times out of every batch of bones!
Katie from Good Life Eats is focusing on incorporating a larger variety of grains into her family’s diet and has a great looking recipe for Multi-Grain Pumpkin Cranberry Bread!
Shaina from Food For My Family shares some honest advice about getting organized in the kitchen. I love her sentiments: “…Having a well-stocked kitchen can help you save money and eat well at the same time, and if I can’t even figure out what all this stuff I’ve been stocking is and can’t reach the half of it, I’m doomed to continually spend more money than I need to be and eating pretty poorly in the process”.
Amy from Kingdom First Mom has tips for saving money on healthier foods. Good tips no matter where you are on the “healthy eating” spectrum!
Mandi from Life Your Way lets us in on the secret for changing your diet for good. I love it – but you’ll have to click over to read the secret!