Every Monday, I answer a few of the questions that my readers send me. If you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future Q&A post, just leave me a comment here or email me (thefrugalgirl [at] gmail [dot] com) and put Q&A in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you!
Hey Kristen! I’ve never done Julep, but I did try a nearly free trial of Hello Fresh, the produce meal box. Have you ever considered trying one of those? I’d be interested in hearing your opinion of them.
I’ve come across some similar things on the web (like Blue Apron), and at first, I thought it seemed like a reasonable idea…you get to cook a meal, but you don’t have to plan anything or even shop for ingredients.
And I thought $10 for a meal sounded like a good price.
Then I realized the charge was per person.
For my family, each meal would run us $60.
We can practically eat at a sit-down restaurant for $60. And I could make many, many dinners for $60, even if I buy local meats.
On average, I spend about $21-$25/day, and that feeds the six of us for three meals.
That means each meal is really costing us around $7-$10, and each serving runs about $1 to $1.50.
I’m sure breakfast is less expensive than dinner, but even if dinner used up $15 of my daily spending, that’s still only a little over $2 per person.
At that rate, a meal delivery service would cost me 5 times what I currently spend.
Maybe this would work out well for small families who mainly subsist on restaurant meals and who really want to spend a little time cooking a few nights a week.
But me? If I’m going to spend $60 on dinner, I would really like to not be cooking.
How do you make fresh bread ahead of time / what do you do when the recipe makes more than you need? My favorite recipe makes two loaves, but at the current time, my family can only eat one before it dries out. I don’t want to half my recipe – what can I do to preserve my dough so I can bake it when we run out? How can I make my recipe the night (or several nights) before (when my kids are in bed), and keep it fresh to bake for dinner during the week?
The freezer is your friend! Finished homemade bread freezes very well, so make a big batch and freeze whatever you don’t need right away. That’s what I do all the time.
You can freeze unbaked dough, but it takes a fairly long time to thaw and then once it thaws, it needs time to rise, so I don’t find that to be a super efficient way to bake.
If you want to keep fresh dough around for baking during the week, you could try the popular no-knead artisan bread, which you can store in the fridge and bake throughout the week.
I was hoping you could share other blogs that are somewhat like yours? I follow the minimalist mom as well and both of you are such an amazing inspiration! I would like to find other inspiring people to learn and grow. Thank you!
Hmm. There are a LOT of money-saving blogs out there, but a great proportion of them are deal/couponing blogs (I’m assuming that’s not what you’re looking for!)
Give these ones a try:
Katy buys almost nothing new, and her blog obviously focuses on not consuming stuff.
I like the Money Saving Mom blog except for the deals (which feel like a lot of clutter to me). I recently discovered the link above which gives you her blog minus all the deals. Perfect.
Ruth does blog about coupons to a degree, but mostly her blog is about saving money in a variety of other ways (DIY, cooking, etc.)
I bet my readers will have some good suggestions for you too!
You know the drill: the floor is now yours.
Got thoughts about meal delivery services? Or some good blog reads to suggest? Share in the comments!