Thursday, October 29, 2009

No Money left in the envelope :)

Like a lot of people on a budget we do the envelope system. I love it, I actually stay within our food budget. I really think there is something psychological about seeing your money as opposed to just swiping your debit at the check out. Well, like the title says, I have no more money left in my grocery envelope, but that is okay I get to go shopping again on Saturday. But this quick post is about a couple ideas I have done when your food is running low and you are really trying to stick with the budget. :)

1. Shredded carrots make a really good and different pizza topping. I tried Saturday for our lunch and we didn't even taste the carrots they just added a lot of sweetness.

2. Calzones instead of pizza. Are you running low on cheese, topping ideas, everything? Make several calzones instead of a pizza and your family will not know. Dinner at our house tonight will be calzones that are filled with a little ground beef, onion, potato, and cheddar cheese. On the side I will have carrot sticks and chilled bowls of canned pears. I know my husband will love it --- beef, cheese, and potato all wrapped up together. :)

Those are my only two ideas right now...have a good dinner and evening with your family.


  1. Mmmmm, sounds yummy, especially the grated carrot! I've been doing the envelope system for groceries and I love how now I know exactly how I'm doing with my budget, AND it makes it easier for me to stock up on things when I'm at a store with a better price, since I'm looking at the budget for the month instead of trying to keep each week's spending within 1/4 of the monthly budget.

    On that note, I was given a Sam's Club membership, so let me know if you want me to pick anything up for you! Their yeast is WAY cheaper than anywhere else, and their Folgers coffee is quite a bit less than Walmart. On some other things they are not as good, so I don't think I'll do a lot of my shopping there, but I'm thankful that now I can get some things there occasionally.

  2. Hey! Bryan & I started attending Dave Ramsey's FPU in September, and we are officially on the envelope system. I really like it. Bryan's rather apathetic about it, but that's fine, because he doesn't ever really use them. There's nothing he buys. Except for gas for the Honda, which we agreed he can put on the debit card. Not a big deal. =)