Being on a tight budget and creating interesting and delicious meals for the family can be a nightmare at times. When Josh was growing up, and we seemed to have a never ending slew of bills knocking at our front door, every single cent counted. There were days when our bank account balance was near zero. I existed in a constant cold sweat until the next pay day, hoping there wasn’t an emergency or unexpected cash outlay needed.
Even though being on a shoestring budget, making sure my family was well fed was a number one priority. Each week when the supermarket weekly special catalogues arrived it meant menu planning time. I would sit in our lounge room and make a list of the weekly specials. What was the bargain cut of meat that week? Who had the cheapest potatoes? What cereal was on special? I would then design the weekly menu around the specials. I would put the creative hat on and work out how I turn these budget items into an exciting meal.
Luckily financially life is a little better these days and my regular readers know I encourage shopping at farmers’ markets, free range and sustainable produce. But let’s be honest, if you are sticking to a strict budget with a family to feed, this isn’t going to be your regular shopping style. Read more →