Learned Lesson #1: I’m going to have to change the way I think about eating!
Anonymous asked me this….
Will 1 gallon of milk last all week? My family of 4 drinks 2-3 gallons per week...
And my answer is, yes it can last my family a week but I’ve had to make some changes about how we use it.
I grew up drinking a glass of milk with every meal AND whenever I got thirsty. I didn’t drink juice or water or anything else. I learned to consume LOTS of milk and when we first got married and didn’t have kids yet, we would go through 2 gallons a week. Now add four kids to the mix and we could easily go through 4 gallons a week without even blinking an eye.
When I started this challenge I really had to reevaluate our eating habits. The first change I made was to start serving ice water (sometimes with a sliced lemon in it) at meals instead of milk. The crew scoffed at first but after about a month it just became second nature and milk wasn’t missed. I let each kid have one glass of milk a day if they want it, but all but one of them could care less anymore. The rest of the milk gets used in baking. We also don’t eat boxed cereal very often so that really cuts down on the milk use.
And if it’s the calcium you’re worried about you can get calcium from fortified frozen juices, broccoli, kale, spinach, cheddar cheese, yogurt, soy milk, salmon, tofu, cottage cheese and lot of other foods that you either are already eating or can easily add to your diet.
There are some great benefits to upping your water intake too.
It enhances fat loss
Helps fight illness
Helps you look younger and …
So if you’re serious about slashing your grocery budget, the milk versus water issue might be something you want to consider.
Our menu for yesterday looked like this….
Breakfast - oatmeal with brown sugar and milk
Lunch – Tuna sandwiches on whole wheat bread (.89 cents a loaf at the bakery outlet store. I can’t even make homemade that cheap!) sliced apples
Dinner – (With Company) Thanksgiving Casserole, steamed Broccoli, and Brownies from scratch. The whole meal worked out to cost approximately $6.57 and we had leftovers for lunch tomorrow.