I sure hope I didn’t bite off more than I can chew. This is the plan for my spring garden. All the garden books say to start small. Last year I had 2 raised beds (64 square feet). This year I’m doing 1250 square feet. (I started small last year, right?)
As I was planning the garden, I realized that this might take more out of pocket cash than I anticipated. The seeds, transplants, compost, and soil are not free.
So I am challenging myself in February to cook from what I have in the freezer and pantry as much as possible to see how much I can shave off my grocery bill in one month. Then, the difference I will use to purchase gardening items.
Keep in mind that I’ve already cut our grocery expenses by 1/3 by couponing and stocking up on sale items, so cutting it even further will be a challenge.
But I’m up for it! And I’m taking a risk because I’m sharing it with you. Win or Lose. You’ll be seeing updates in the next month on how I’m doing. And hopefully it will inspire you to work toward the same. You may not be building a ginormous garden, but surely there’s something you really want but it’s not in the budget.
Here are the guidelines I’m going to follow:
1. Look in the freezer and pantry and plan meals first with the food in there.
2. Do not try a new recipe unless you have most of the ingredients on hand.
3. After planning meals based on on-hand ingredients, plan meals based on items that are on sale.
4. Continue to stock up on sale items. (I can’t go depleting my store of stock-up items without replenishing them with items that go on sale this month, or else I’ll be shooting myself in the foot in the next months.)
The good news is that February is a short month. I can do this! Who’s with me?