Once A Month Cooking




It may not make sense, but how you cook can be as important as what you cook.

We are talking about once-a-month cooking.  Basically, you plan out all your meals for the following month.  Get your calendar and make a meal plan for ALL your monthly meals.  

Once you have all your meals planned, you can plan your shopping.   You need to make sure you remember all the ingredients you will need for the month’s worth of cooking, including pans to store the product in your freezer after it is prepared.

Now, you can compare prices at all your local stores; remember the warehouse clubs.  But, don’t be fooled by the warehouse clubs.  Very often, it is actually more expensive to buy in bulk so compare ounce to ounce prices.

Plan out a cooking schedule.  You can boil several chickens at a time.  Put a turkey in the roaster while one is in the oven, that sort of thing.

You can also pre-chop veggies and put them in storage bags in your freezer to add to a crockpot meal later in the month.  

Once-a-month cooking works well with casseroles.  But, it also works with having things like lasagna or spaghetti ready to just heat and eat.

There are numerous book available at Amazon that will help you with planning and execution of the event.

Not only can this help with your food budget, but once-a-month cooking can also be a great way to get your family together for a day of work and fun.  It can also help you manage your time better throughout the month.

Another idea is to cook one type of meal each weekend, for example, one week beef, the next week chicken, the next week pork, and so forth.  

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Groceries/Food

If you are like most people, your grocery expense is one of the really big discretionary items where you tend to get a little lazy and spend more money than you need to.  

Let’s change that.  The first thing you should do is go to the store where you do the most shopping.  Introduce yourself to the store manager and explain that you are trying to save the most you can.

Ask the manager when the produce department marks down their produce.  Do the same with the meat, deli, and bakery sections.  You may wish to meet with the managers over those departments and tell them you are trying to save money and ask them when they mark down the various items.

If you have a local produce or meat market, you may wish to ask the owner/manager the same thing.  Remember to take notes.   

You may also want to repeat these steps at the various grocery stores in your area.  

Make a master list on a spreadsheet like Excel or better yet, Google Sheets.  List the various products you normally buy.  It may take you a little while to compile this list.  If you have old receipts, this will help you.  Make columns for the various stores in your area.  

Then, do a little reconnaissance.  You may find what you believed to be true is not really the case.  You may find one store is much cheaper on the things you buy than anywhere else.

Make your spreadsheet like the above example.  These prices above are made up and have no basis in fact.  They are for example only.  Keep your list updated constantly. When you notice a change in price, other than a sale price, update it in your spreadsheet program.

This is where Google Sheets is great.  You can input the prices using whatever device you choose.  Then, if you have a question while at a store, or want to update a price, you can use a smartphone to view and manipulate Google Sheets.

Check with your stores to see what their coupon policy is.  Will they double or even triple coupon values?  What is the store’s policy on electronic coupons, store loyalty cards, or coupons on your smartphone?

Always shop with a list!  If it is not on your list, don’t buy it.  Make a monthly menu plan and take advantage of once-a-month cooking.

Time is money.  This is so true when it comes to food.  It is certainly fast and easy to pick up a pizza for dinner, but at what cost?  Two pizzas could easily run you $35 from the pizza place.  What if you bought frozen?  You save a little money if you give up the time it takes to pop a frozen pizza in the oven.  Two good frozen pizzas will run you about $20.  You could go with two lower cost pizzas and shell out only about $8.00.

However, you could make your own crust, grate your own cheese, and make your own sauce for only pennies per slice.  This amounts to a big dollar savings but, it takes more of your time.

Want a fast family meal?  Go to one of those all-you-can eat buffets for about $16.99+ tax per person.  You could buy one or two of those frozen family meals for about $12 each.  

However, if one utilizes one-a-month cooking, buys ingredients in bulk, and prepares the meals together, they can create a whole month’s worth of meals for very little comparatively.

Combine once-a-month cooking with slow cooker (Crockpot) cooking and you have a way to feed your family for a whole month for much less.

First, plan your meals.  Look at your calendar.  Plan your meals around your schedule.  

For the nights when you have the least amount of time for cooking, you can make use of ingredients that have been prepared and frozen on the days you did your once-a-month cooking.  

You take the prepared ingredients out of the freezer in time to thaw in the refrigerator.  On the mornings you will have little time for prep and cooking, take the ingredients and place them in the crockpot.

Let it cook slowly while you work.  When you come home, you have a hot meal ready for you and the rest of your hungry family to eat.  What could be better?   

It is healthier and cheaper than something you pop in the microwave AND you know what is in it.


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How to Manage Your Monkey: How to Save Money on Groceries, Part One

One of the biggest expenses most families have that can be controlled, at least a little bit, is food.

The first step in getting a handle on your food expense is to make a list.  Not just any list to start with, but a master list of all you buy at the grocery store.
Start out by using a spreadsheet program like Excel or Google Sheets.  List all the food products you buy.  One way to do this is by gathering up all the receipts you have from previous trips to the grocery store.
You might want to set these up by categories like baking, breakfast, etc.
Then, make columns for each grocery store you would normally shop at.  If you always shop at one place and would not consider shopping at another, then there is no need to complicate things.  But, if you do shop several stores, make a column for each one.
Slowly build your master list by listing the prices charged by each store, as you learn what the prices are.
When we lived back in South Carolina, there was one store named Ingle’s that asked people to take the Ingle’s challenge.  That is, compare their prices with what you would spend at other stores.  Usually, Ingle’s would win.
Each time you shop, add to your list. When you are ready to go shopping, make your shopping list from the master list choosing which store will give you the most savings on the items you need.


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Lower The River

We talked about raising the bridge by increasing the money you have coming into the household.  That is only one side of the problem.  Like the old Southern saying goes, “If you can’t raise the bridge, you have to lower the river.” 

No matter how much you increase the income, if you don’t get control of your spending, your life will be just like the federal budget.  They increase taxes, but then they increase spending by more than they increased the taxes.  The idea is to keep an eye on every amount of money that goes out.

Xerxes Principle says that your expenses rise to meet your income, if you don’t do something to prevent it.

The reason for this is that when we increase our income we begin to see a little relief.  We celebrate the increase in income by buying new clothes or a new car.  We eat out more often because we feel we have less time to prepare food at home due to our increased responsibilities that are part of a promotion that got us more money.

Somehow, we feel justified in spending more because we are making more.  We got along okay before the increase in income.  Now, we are just as broke as we were before our income went up with nothing to show for it.

We are going to discuss frugal living for a while now.  When we say frugal living, we are not talking about those people who dumpster dive for food or those who ask people in a restaurant for their leftovers.  We are talking about not wasting money.

In the next few episodes, we will discuss ways to reduce your outgo.  Not all of these ways will work for you.  Perhaps this information will spark ideas for you.

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Financial Panther

The blog Financial Panther tells of a young lawyer who fought hard to pay off his student loan debt in two and a half years.  He did this by living frugally and working several side hustles, as he called them.  One of these side hustles was to work as a bike messenger when he wasn’t working as a lawyer. 

This young man has many interesting ideas about how to make extra money, such things as renting rooms out of his house, downsizing, and more. 
Visit Financial Pantherfor many interesting ideas of how to save money and earn more money from sources you might have never heard about.

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Sarah Titus

Sarah Titus was once living in a women’s shelter.  She was able to get out of that situation and into a place of her own by working every angle she could.  One angle was finding discarded items, reconditioning them, and selling them.  She also shopped yard sales and listings where people were selling items before they moved.  She would resell these items at a profit.
Visit http://www.sarahtitus.com/to get more ideas about how to make a little additional side money.  
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Yard Sale

Yard sale, garage sale, whatever you wish to call it, selling items you no longer need or want is a good way to raise a little extra money.
Clear out the clutter and clean it up a little.  While you are working on organizing your home, you may run across things you no longer need or want, but you don’t want to just throw them away.
Set those items aside and, once you have accumulated a lot, you might want to have a yard sale.
Price the items low, but be ready to drop your prices even lower.  Most areas have people who entertain themselves on the weekends by traveling from yard sale to yard sale looking for a bargain. These people are not happy unless they get an item for much less than the price marked.
We once had a yard sale. We advertised in the paper that the yard sale would start at 7:30 AM.

We had been told to expect people to show up early so we thought we would be ready.  We went outside to set up at 6AM.  However, there were already several cars parked in our driveway waiting for the yard sale.

In about two hours, we had sold almost everything. 
This is a great way to get rid of unwanted items and raise a little money to help pay off your bills. 

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Tax Preparation

Big name tax prep services like H & R Block and Jackson Hewitt offer classes each year in tax preparation.  They hire some of their students.  Other students will work for other tax services or hang out their own shingles and prepare taxes. 
With today’s modern software, it isn’t that difficult to prepare someone else’s taxes.  It just may be a bit time consuming and nerve-wracking.
Watch your local newspaper around October.  That is when you normally notice tax preparation schools.  If you want to get a jump start on this, you can log into the IRS website and read some of the publications they offer. 
You can also check out books on tax preparation at your local library.  Reading these books during the off season will help you to better understand what you are being taught at the tax prep school.
It is not necessary to be an accountant to be able to prepare most individual tax forms.  A good, basic understanding of the tax system is helpful.

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