Here are a few quick tips until we really get started;
1. Leftovers are a big deal. invest in tupperware! (or similar inexpensive containers that have no BPAs)
2. Always have your spice rack stocked and ready with your favorite flavors. Some of mine are, basil, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and curry. you usually cant go wrong with a good Italian blend! Even though fresh herbs are best, you can get the same fresh flavor with freeze dried or frozen. Regular dried can last for YEARS, but lose their flavor after just a few.
3. Pasta may be cheap but it doesnt have to be boring! stock up and save in a dry air tight container. Ikea has really good glass jars that I like to use, and at a great price!
4. Every time you go to the store, pick up a few extra non perishable food items if you see them on sale, boxed, bagged or canned. That way you can build up your food storage for when your month lasts longer than your money! Some good food storage items to have include but are not limited to, pasta sauce, canned soups in any variety but especially "cream of" soups because they are perfect for casseroles and for other great dishes, canned meats, fruit, and veggies, applesauce is a great one especially if you have kids, and Mac 'n Cheese!!!
Please visit often for more deliciously inexpensive food ideas!