Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Use it up!

We're leaving on vacation soon. My WFMW tip is simple and makes sense.
Use Up What You Have!
Meaning, get rid of all the perishable foods in your fridge before you leave on vacation. It gives you a great opportunity to use up all that stuff that needs to be finished. It also means dinnertime will be, oh let's say, very interesting! Tonite we had fresh cucumber salad (Thanks Millie for the lovely cucumbers!) and a cheesy-pasta-ham-leftover rotisserie chicken-black olive-last remnants of the cheesy tortilla dip dish! It was delish if not interesting!!
We've got some fresh veggies such as cabbage, lettuce and tomatoes left to finish. And some cheese. And hamburger meat. It'll be some interesting casserole-type dishes for the next few days. It helps to make smaller portions too. I tend to always cook with leftovers in mind but I don't do that before we leave for any period of time.
We also really watch our spending prior to and after any vacation so this really gets us into the survival mode of our budget. It does not have to be pretty. It is functional to simply use up what you have so you have less spoilage and waste. Empty out that pantry too! This is one time that gives you perfect reason to use up any older items and get to the new stuff in your rotation.
That is what Works For Me friends! Now head on over to We Are That Family for more great WFMW tips!!


Tina said...

Great idea....I need to do this!

Anonymous said...

Great philosophy - I try to follow it as well :)

Julie Bagamary said...

Great idea. I also try to have a casserole ready for the first meal back home in the freezer.

Sherry said...

We try to do this as well as I hate seeing things go to waste. :D