I recently have faced a challenge with my finances and budget due to the fact I work part time and also study part time.
Like most millennials my age I am also struggling to pay bills and the strain part time work is having on my finances is incredible. So I recently decided to focus on one of the biggest costs of living – FOOD!
The series is designed to focus on budget friendly food, and to help manage waste too!
Have you ever noticed those big grocery chains advertising ‘feed your family for $4 per person or less’ etc. but then read through the recipe and you have to have enough money to buy for a recipe that feeds four people with leftovers!
What happens if you don’t want to spend $16 on that one meal and eat the same leftovers for a week. What happens if you don’t have the time or the space to cook or freeze multiple meals? What if you just want to make a cheap meal for 1 person.
That is what inspired this series – Millennial Eats.
How it works
#1 – The recipes don’t take into account the purchase of the 20 following pantry staples, as they last for ages and nobody buys these items everytime they pop up in a recipe.
Try and buy the following items when they come on sale or on special.
15 PANTRY STAPLES;
- Powdered Milk
- Olive Oil
- Soy Sauce
- Fish Sauce
- Oyster Sauce
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Dijion Mustard
- Sesame Oil
- Chicken or Beef Stock Cubes ( depending on your flavor preference)
There are also 5 Pantry Spices that are not considered part of the purchase in your recipes as you won’t buy them every time you need them in a recipe.
5 PANTRY SPICES:
- Sesame Seeds
- Ground Cinnamon
- Smoked Paprika
- Ground Cumin
About the recipes:
Each recipe is designed to use the cheapest ingredients on sale and makes generally 1 or 2 servings.
There are exceptions for recipes that are easily frozen or stored when large quantities can be made cheaply of course (like my eggplant lasagne or popcorn recipes).
The Price Brackets:
$5 – $7 – $10
There are 3 brackets that each meal can fit into and these are what the whole recipe can cost up to. For example the $10 bracket does not mean it will cost $10, it means it won’t cost over this amount.