Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 22-10-2015, 09:38   #16
Registered User
 
Sea Dreaming's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Whoo! Finally made it back to Mexico!
Boat: Cheoy Lee Offshore 38
Posts: 1,450
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Quote:
Originally Posted by MarkJ View Post
If I was living on land I would buy one of those whopping great freezers and stock it up when prices are low.
We do that now. The saving is pretty good. But I realize much more savings by using what I have. Waste not want not. Between buying in bulk or limiting waste, limiting waste is a much bigger savings over all.

The big freezer can actually encourage waste as food gets lost in the depths. A few years later you realize that some steak you bough is now too frost burnt to use. Because of this, and the cost of running the freezer, I just get rid of ours.

Meal planning, and using everything you buy still saves the most!
__________________

__________________
Sea Dreaming is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-10-2015, 13:04   #17
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 217
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Wow. I guess food budgets are like cruising budgets. Vary a lot.

I spend around $400 every 2-3 weeks on groceries for one.
__________________

__________________
2hullvenus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-10-2015, 13:17   #18
Registered User
 
zboss's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: On a boat
Boat: Cabo Rico 38
Posts: 3,429
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Here is a guy that played with living on $21 for a week. He did a pretty impressive job.



Quote:
Originally Posted by 2hullvenus View Post
Wow. I guess food budgets are like cruising budgets. Vary a lot.

I spend around $400 every 2-3 weeks on groceries for one.
It is a huge expense for us. Which is why we have started making a concerted effort to reduce our costs in this area. If we can control these costs and the costs of maintenance (using all the great Fatty Goodlander advice) we can save a lot more money and get back to cruising.

Being stuck in port because you have to earn cash to pay for cruising then just turning around and spending it unwisely... well that just sucks!
__________________
zboss is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 22-10-2015, 13:55   #19
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 217
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Quote:
Originally Posted by zboss View Post
Here is a guy that played with living on $21 for a week. He did a pretty impressive job.





It is a huge expense for us. Which is why we have started making a concerted effort to reduce our costs in this area. If we can control these costs and the costs of maintenance (using all the great Fatty Goodlander advice) we can save a lot more money and get back to cruising.

Being stuck in port because you have to earn cash to pay for cruising then just turning around and spending it unwisely... well that just sucks!
True, but mind the balance.

If you're eating unhealthy things (ie tons of sodium, various preservatives), you won't have very long to cruise and enjoy life either.

Personally, I'm a little extreme, in that I view the quality of food along with exercise as health insurance in itself.
__________________
2hullvenus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-10-2015, 19:39   #20
Registered User
 
zboss's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: On a boat
Boat: Cabo Rico 38
Posts: 3,429
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2hullvenus View Post
True, but mind the balance.

If you're eating unhealthy things (ie tons of sodium, various preservatives), you won't have very long to cruise and enjoy life either.

Personally, I'm a little extreme, in that I view the quality of food along with exercise as health insurance in itself.
Did you watch the video?

He bought mostly good stuff. Maybe the only bad thing he bought was potato. He did buy some Ramen noodles but all told, the overall amount of sodium intake for the week was probably much lower than just eating wings out once at a local bar.
__________________
zboss is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 23-10-2015, 22:07   #21
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 217
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Quote:
Originally Posted by zboss View Post
Did you watch the video?

He bought mostly good stuff. Maybe the only bad thing he bought was potato. He did buy some Ramen noodles but all told, the overall amount of sodium intake for the week was probably much lower than just eating wings out once at a local bar.
Unfortunately, I'm on the boat, so I don't have the available bandwidth for videos. Costs me a fortune to watch them.
__________________
2hullvenus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-10-2015, 00:57   #22
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 3,157
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

I take advantage of sales and stock up on stuff when it's cheap. I bought 6 ribeye steaks when they were $5.99/lb, passed on them yesterday when they were $12.99/lb. I also use gift certs. for dinner. Restaurant.com will sell $25 GCs for $4 occasionally on sale. You have to spend a certain min., like $35 or more, but dinner for 2 that's easy to do. Then you give them the GC and they take $25 off the bill. When they were on sale for $4, I bought $900 worth of GCs and over 5 yrs later, still have quite a few since they never expire. Great way to explore new restaurants without risking too much money.

I'm a member of Costco, and buy my gas and propane ($1.39/gal!) there as well as certain items, like bulk cheese, bulk eggs, dried salami, etc. Other items are often even cheaper at Walmart. I do a lot of shopping online, especially for tech items, but Amazon now sells pantry items online, very good prices!

I frequent a local Mexican market that has $1 carne asada, pollo asado and fish tacos. They also have great prices on fruit and produce, as well as bulk pork, chicken and seasoned carne asada.

For example, I get chicken quarters for 49 cents/lb, put 3 lbs into a casserole dish with 2 cups of rice and 3 cans of cream of whatever soup, and the resulting chicken and rice casserole is delicious and will feed 4 people. That entire meal cost about $4.50 to make, or $1.12 per serving, and it's delicious and filling.

Back in my starving student days, I subsisted on Ramen (10 packs for $1) for 6 months. Ate a banana or apple for breakfast, broke the noodles in half, cooked 1/2 for lunch and 1/2 for dinner with a lot of water. After that period, I didn't eat Ramen for a VERY long time!
__________________
socaldmax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-10-2015, 02:07   #23
Registered User
 
Sea Dreaming's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Whoo! Finally made it back to Mexico!
Boat: Cheoy Lee Offshore 38
Posts: 1,450
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Careful about shopping at Walmart and Costo! Somethings are not less expensive or the savings maybe small enough that an extra trip in worth it. . If you can do it, it's better to make a round of stores to take advantage of the best deals in each and plan 2nd for when you can't get to the "best" store for an item.

For example, cream is 8.00 per quart King Soopers and 8.00 per half gallon at Costco. Total no brained right? But Costco is way out of my way if I don't need a long list of items. So I go to Target for cream for 4.19 per quart. Only 40 cents more than Costco for a half gallon.

Another tip: Scout the half price meat bin. The meat will still be good but there might only be a day or two left on code. Cook the meat right away and freeze the cooked meat for later use in casseroles, stews, enchiladas, etc.


The Ramen noodles thing....I did that too for a while. And man was I skinny! Not good!
__________________
Sea Dreaming is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-10-2015, 02:33   #24
Moderator
 
weavis's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: SEVILLE - MALLORCA
Posts: 10,140
Send a message via Skype™ to weavis
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

I recently had the task of taking over the food purchasing for a family member for a month. I filled the freezers, kept the fridges topped up and stocked up the tin and dry food cupboard on a budget 50% less than they were using.

Where they live, chain supermarkets abound, but also there are specific meat and vegetable markets and cut price stores like Aldi and Lidl.

Bulk bought the first week. Seemed a lot of money. Mainly cans and preserved goods.
Second week I toured the meat market and achieved a 70% overall saving by purchasing half a beast and butchering into cuts at home and freezing into specific quantities for use. I then toured the veg shops and found the day they sold off produce cheaper. There is a local Tesco near where she lives, and I discovered that at 8pm at night, they sold off their soon to be outdated prepared meal and chilled range for 0.43p down from 2.99. Straight in the freezer.

We did have to clean out their freezers. Stuff had been in there for a looong time.

I dont think that apart from fresh veg,potatoes and bread, that they need to shop for at least 5 months regarding meat and tinned goods AND they have a better variety. They also have a lot of European foods which are of good quality but not known here too well, and consequently cheap. I bought a 20lb bag of good rice cheaply. Placed into a large sealable plastic box.

When I provision a boat, there are a lot of canned goods. All my frozen meat is pre portioned, some is precooked and placed in the aluminum cans (used for chinese food deliveries). I can pull one out and its a complete meal for one. (with rice or veg and potatoes already added.

I use the BBQ a lot with the food cooked in tented aluminum foil. Again, full meals.

I should stress that I dont sail for weeks at a time... a few days maybe but the food is there for when at anchor etc.... I keep a few bottles of wine and some spirits on board. I have spring water in 5 gallon containers with a tap. Fresh veg I dont keep. I get that at anchor. My tinned goods and prepared meals have veg in for cooking.


And vacuum sealed coffee. oh yes.
__________________
- Never test how deep the water is with both feet -
10% of conflicts are due to different opinions. 90% by the tone of voice.
Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
weavis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-10-2015, 02:52   #25
Registered User
 
El Pinguino's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Punta Arenas ahorra
Boat: 39' Westerly Sealord
Posts: 3,960
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Quote:
Originally Posted by MarkJ View Post
If I was living on land I would buy one of those whopping great freezers and stock it up when prices are low.
I had a whopping great freezer once..... used to get a beast killed and butchered and would freeze it down..... would be a year or so before we had to do it again. Unfortunately that was in the 70s and interest rates were high...worked out that it was better to sell animal... put money in bank ... and buy animal back as needed in 1 kg bits....

So the day came - after a few years- when we sold the freezer and had to empty it out.

The lower half...down in the permafrost .. was an almost solid mass of arsebone of ox and other 'parts of the cow that have no name'.....
El Pinguino is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 24-10-2015, 03:32   #26
Registered User
 
El Pinguino's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Punta Arenas ahorra
Boat: 39' Westerly Sealord
Posts: 3,960
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Quote:
Originally Posted by weavis View Post
Second week I toured the meat market and achieved a 70% overall saving by purchasing half a beast and butchering into cuts at home and freezing into specific quantities for use. .......
I can't really see myself butchering a beast on the foredeck... even though I do have the ' sailor's guide to the parts of the cow '.

I work on 200/250g of meat per head....

Curry is king... as is the pressure cooker.... cheap cuts... gravy beef etc.. on special.

Thats when coastal.... putting together an offshore order just now with a butcher... 700g vacuum packs which he is going to hard freeze for me.

Cabbage is cheap and lasts and lasts... if you peel it rather than cut it.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	034_37.jpg
Views:	78
Size:	162.1 KB
ID:	111502  
El Pinguino is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 24-10-2015, 03:44   #27
Moderator
 
weavis's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: SEVILLE - MALLORCA
Posts: 10,140
Send a message via Skype™ to weavis
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Quote:
Originally Posted by El Pinguino View Post
I can't really see myself butchering a beast on the foredeck...
Therein lies the problem.
You need a Catamaran..................

__________________
- Never test how deep the water is with both feet -
10% of conflicts are due to different opinions. 90% by the tone of voice.
Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
weavis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-10-2015, 10:44   #28
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Probably in an anchorage or a boatyard..
Boat: Ebbtide 33' steel cutter
Posts: 3,541
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Recipes & Food | JACK MONROE
__________________
conachair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-10-2015, 11:52   #29
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 3,157
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sea Dreaming View Post
Careful about shopping at Walmart and Costo! Somethings are not less expensive or the savings maybe small enough that an extra trip in worth it. . If you can do it, it's better to make a round of stores to take advantage of the best deals in each and plan 2nd for when you can't get to the "best" store for an item.

For example, cream is 8.00 per quart King Soopers and 8.00 per half gallon at Costco. Total no brained right? But Costco is way out of my way if I don't need a long list of items. So I go to Target for cream for 4.19 per quart. Only 40 cents more than Costco for a half gallon.

Another tip: Scout the half price meat bin. The meat will still be good but there might only be a day or two left on code. Cook the meat right away and freeze the cooked meat for later use in casseroles, stews, enchiladas, etc.


The Ramen noodles thing....I did that too for a while. And man was I skinny! Not good!
Excellent advice! My Costco and Walmart are directly across the street from each other, and my other main grocery store is on the direct route there, so I just do one loop and everything is right there. I can usually get away with 2 trips to the grocery store per month, the one mercado I like is near the movie theater, so I usually swing by on the way home from a movie.

Yes, on the Ramen diet I dropped from 155 lbs down to probably 135 lbs. Maybe I should go back on it!
__________________
socaldmax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-10-2015, 11:54   #30
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 3,157
Re: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Quote:
Originally Posted by weavis View Post
Therein lies the problem.
You need a Catamaran..................

Hang it from the dinghy davits...
__________________

__________________
socaldmax is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fiji cut in half.....34XG charts, be wary! Longtall Navigation 7 06-12-2013 03:41
To Cut or Not to Cut - Underseat Cabinets Jetexas Monohull Sailboats 9 25-02-2012 20:06
Cruise Half Year - Work Half Year? windsaloft Boat Ownership & Making a Living 70 15-06-2010 17:15



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 20:26.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.