On this, the night before Thanksgiving, I am grateful for food. My church teaches that we should have ample food storage to see us through difficult times. This isn’t always easy for me, as I’m limited in storage space. I guess I could always use the space under my bed, but I’m just not that dedicated yet.

With the upcoming month and all the gift-buying that has to happen, and the Scholastic Warehouse sale, and saving something for my trip to Japan in 2013, and just the regular expenses of life, I need to find a way to cut some costs.

So tonight, I organized my cabinets of food and inventoried the contents. Then I planned out meals for the entire month, and made weekly grocery lists. I should be able to feed myself–and well–for around $20 every week from now until payday. (Though I do need chicken breast to go on sale at some point in the next two weeks.)

Yes, my current stock of foodstuffs will be depleted by December 21, but not so badly that it will be difficult to replenish.

I’m grateful that I’ve picked up a random can of this and that, and that I’ve watched sales for the only cereal that I eat, so that I have a good stockpile of food to help me meet some financial goals this month.

We’ll see how I do…

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