For those of you taking part in the No Spend Month, I thought I’d throw an extra post out there today to help with some issues you may be facing. Even if you aren’t taking part in the no spend challenge, I’m sure you’ve run out of the essentials, like food and personal care items, from time to time.
Running Out of the Essentials
If you’re like me, you committed to buying a smaller amount of food this month, which makes breakfast, lunch AND dinner challenging, to say the least.*
Breakfast doesn’t have to be cereal and dinner doesn’t have to be pot roast. The goal with meals is to provide the nutrition our bodies need.
A healthy “meal” should include:
Protein: meat, seafood and fish, cheese, nuts, nut butters, eggs, beans, soy, milk, yogurt, quinoa
Carbohydrates: beans, rice, whole grains, fruit, green and starchy vegetables
Fats: nuts, olives, seafood and fish, oils (coconut is great), avocados
Vitamins/Minerals: fruits and vegetables are a great source of both
A smoothie with veggies and/or fruits and a protein can be a healthy meal.
Oatmeal can make a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just add fruit and yogurt.
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich works in a pinch. Just add a side of carrot sticks!
Rice can be the base for any meal. For breakfast, check out this breakfast rice recipe. For lunch or dinner, make yourself a rice bowl, adding whatever veggies and protein you have available.
If you happen to have eggs on hand, eggs are a great source of protein for any meal. Scrambled eggs, topped with a little salsa can make a satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner.
We love to make what we call garbage bowls! Typically, we chop and saute whatever veggies we have on hand, throw in frozen (or homemade) hash browns, add eggs (if we have them) and cheese. You just can’t go wrong with this one. It uses up whatever food you have on hand and can be made to suit your tastes.
*If your cupboards (and fridge and freezer) are bare, you need to buy some groceries.
Eating healthy meals is important and it’s not worth sacrificing health to save a few bucks. Buy enough to feed your family healthy meals. Think about how many breakfasts, lunches and dinners you will need to make and then PLAN each and every one of those meals. Make your list based on that meal plan, go to the store and buy only what is on your list.
If you are going all in on this challenge and you happen to run out of some essential personal care items, you could buy them. Or you could really challenge yourself and try to get by with DIY versions. Whether or not this works for you is a personal choice, but I thought I’d share some suggestions for homemade versions if you want to give it a go.
Make your own deodorant? What the…!?
Why not give it a shot? There are many recipes for DIY deodorant out there, and you can probably find one that you can use, at least temporarily. Plus, maybe you’ll become a convert and stick with the DIY version (I’m all for less harmful chemicals!).
Check out How to Make Natural Deodorant.
Some choose the no-poo method and, if you’re down with that, great! Personally, I like shampoo. Check out this article for several recipes for homemade shampoo. You’re sure to find something that will work.
You know, back in the day, they didn’t have the foaming toothpaste. And, honestly, after reading how people used to clean their teeth…Ummm. Wow! I wouldn’t ever recommend putting some of that stuff in your mouth. Today, most of us have the ingredients on hand for a safe, effective toothpaste. Simply using baking soda will do the trick. Ask the Dentist has a great guide to DIY Toothpaste you can check out.
A quick Google search will find you a DIY version of about any personal care item you run out of. Here are 6 Tips to DIY Homemade Body Care Products with ingredients you likely have around the house.
If you NEED something, make a list of the essentials, go to the store and get in and out as quickly as possible.
I, for one, will not go without TP!