Freezer meals are great and are very similar to OMAWs but OMAWs are really my new favorite thing right now. What’s an OMAW? How does it work? Why are they my super fave?
The what and how of these “One Meal A Week”s are pretty self explanatory… you just make one meal a week. BAM.
This ease also encapsulates why they are my favorite. No planning 8 million meals. No making and cleaning up 8 million meals. And best of all, no buying 80 million ingredients for 8 million meals.
I’ve wanted to try this idea for a while since Jeannie and John had mentioned it to us but I was afraid that eating one thing all week would get boring. After trying this idea for a few months now, it really hasn’t gotten boring – especially if you make a different side or throw in a different veggie half way through the week.
Over the past several months we have eaten these meals each for one week at a time..
..and totally never got bored eating one meal a week! It is so wonderful to not have to think about what to eat, preparing, cooking, or making a side… just heating up and eating! I’ll try to put some recipes up soon, but our meals are usually fairly simply to decode!
One of the biggest ways to cut spending while grocery shopping, besides making a list AND sticking to it, is making a GOOD list. I’ll preface with saying it’s not about writing down everything just so you don’t feel guilty about buying it all. Continue reading →
Caroline Linde. What else can I say other than… why is your name so close to mine?! I always tag the wrong person! Besides that, wow, what a champ. We have had some good times these past almost-6 years!! I can’t begin to explain the love here, so I’ll just let her share some frugal tips she’s learning in college. Continue reading →
After Maria shared her experience with freezer meals last week, we figured we should share ours as well. Since discovering them last summer, Dietrich and I have purposefully and accidentally participated in Freezer Meals and things we call OMAWs (more on that later!). Continue reading →
My first memory of Maria was in the beginning of her freshmen year of college while we were walking out of the BCM building to go play capture the flag at midnight. I don’t know how but it came up that we both knew Mandarin, but we had a quick bonding moment before walking out the door. And by “we both knew Mandarin” what I really mean was it turned out that I only knew one sentence because I visited for a summer and she was fluent because she actually lived in China for part of her life – but I was excited to share my five words anyway. Continue reading →
This past summer, Morgan got married. A little while after she posted on FB that they were averaging $128/month in groceries for their first 3 months, including all food and household products. Which means, they were feeding themselves 2-3 meals daily on $2.00/day!
You might want to say that it’s beginners luck, but it’s more than a half year later and they are still nailing their grocery budget. After my nearly 3 years of being married and 11 months of hosting a community budget blog… well let’s just say I am not always down t0 $128… yet! Continue reading →
We did the tossing of the actual kitchen in the apartment purge but more than half a year later, once we had settled in and figured out what was used and what wasn’t, we had another purging session to weed through all of the stuff that really just sits there taking up space. Continue reading →
If you take a look around, you may notice that you will not see the typical clickable advertisements, product review posts, or mass email of products of partnering organizations on Fat Soul Slim Kitchen…Continue reading →
Chicken and Dumplings was one of the first dinners I tried to figure out how to make once Dietrich and I got married. It remained one of the four-ish staple meals for that beginning year. Continue reading →
Having another reason not to buy something other than “its not in the budget” has actually been really helpful. If it’s a last minute want or something we can’t decide on – we just defer to “Oh, we’re on a spending freeze, so we can’t buy anything.” Continue reading →
A month ago we did a semi-spending freeze where we just did our usual once-a-week grocery run getting the normal necessities (aka didn’t stock pile for the spending freeze) and then tried to not spend any money at all otherwise (except for bills of course). Except for a few car parts and 1 lunch out, it went really well – so, we tried it again the next week. Continue reading →