My family lives on a budget each month. I can not overspend. Otherwise it hurts the food budget. This month will be a struggle because the water and electric bills were much higher than normal. Higher than they have ever been living in this place in the last four years.
When this happens we tend to rely on the local food banks and the extra food I was able to stock up on.
First thing I need to figure out is what is pulling extra electricity. The water I am pretty sure it is because I have allowed my son and his girlfriend to use the washer and dryer a few times. The electric I have no clue yet. I will be making the rounds to each room and unplugging anything not being used.
As for making meals, I look to see what I have in stock to make meals. At times we will have smaller portions. Other times we have unconventional meals.
Pierogies served with broccoli and cheese cubes is an unconventional meal. I try to serve meals with no meat on Mondays. Having meatless Mondays lower the food bill.
Crayfish is something we recived from the local foodbank. I served it with salmon patties and imitation crab crescents. A little make believe of having a seafood night.
A double turkey burger sandwich for the men. It cuts down on the use of buns. Plus, a homemade salad created with whatever fresh vegetables I have in the house. Covered in whatever salad dressing that is available. (As I pick different kinds up when on sale to use in cooking or salads.)
Or I serve something as simple as fish and green beans. The fish I will create a homemade breading. Than fry in olive oil.
I try to make meals as cheap as possible when I don’t have much to work with. That way I can makes meals of of nothing.