It’s no secret that horseback riding is an expensive hobby. For evidence, see this, this and this. So, I recently put together a new budget plan for myself, so that I can save for things like horse shows and a new computer (since I live in a state of low-level anxiety that my current 8-year-old laptop is about to die). Part of that means way less eating out and more meal planning.
I’ve been doing my research on budget cooking blogs to try and find recipes that are simple, healthy, filling and cheap. I’d rather not eat ramen noodles from now until eternity. So, my goal is to feed myself for $200 per month. That’s about $6-7 per day. I think it’s do-able, since I’ve found that there are families that are feeding four people for a grand total of $5 per day. So far I’ve found some great recipes from sites like $5 Dinners.
My first week’s meal plan includes:
- Chicken Pineapple Stir Fry with Coconut Rice
- Slow Cooker Mango Chicken – my first ever solo foray into the world of crock pots
- Quinoa Taco Salad
- Black Beans with Mango, Cilantro and Brown Rice
- Hard-boiled eggs and fruit for breakfast
I see a lot of beans and rice in my future. Particularly experiments with buying dried beans instead of canned, and exploring the bulk grains section of the grocery store.
I am calling this experiment the “Braid-String Budget,” because I like some good alliteration and the play off of the better-known term, the shoe-string budget. If you have any other cute ideas for naming this
austerity plan budget, leave them in the comments below. Expect recipes and reports on how it’s going, since I expect many of my fellow amateurs will appreciate some money-saving yet still tasty food choices.