I am spoiled. Fergus is in charge of cooking, and for good reason: his food is delicious (plus he enjoys cooking). Some mornings I literally wake up to the offer of breakfast in bed.
Yet as I write this Fergus, is away on a business trip. And I can’t cook. And I hate cleaning the kitchen. What’s a frugally minded, culinarily-impaired engineer to do? Since we only go to restaurants rarely (and they have to be special, not just a convenience purchase), eating out is not an option. That would be weak.
We do not take extensive inventory of the fridge or the cupboards before heading out, and we certainly do not go in with shopping lists. We practice lazy, but frugal, grocery shopping. On a typical month, we spend right around $300/mo on groceries, and when we used to really cut back, we spent slightly over $200/mo on groceries for the two of us. For context, the USDA “Thrifty” food plan for a two adult family is $386.40 as of April 2016.
This isn’t a financial matter for us, it’s…hard to describe. In some ways we live very wasteful lives – we drive to work (albeit carpooling) when we could be biking, we eat one lavish meal out a month (last time out was $94 with tip and tax), we spend hundreds a month (on average) traveling, and we spoil our dog like crazy. Finding a use for something like watermelon rind doesn’t even begin to offset all this wastefulness. Yet it feels magical. Taking something most people throw away and turning that into something delicious? Yes, please. And we can assure you, these are delicious. That is, if you’re smart and don’t make way more than you could possibly eat.