In a previous post, I talked about using a standing menu. In thinking about this approach to feeding my family and staying within a low grocery budget, I realized that eating left overs and designating left-over days on our menu forces us to forage in the refrigerator and cupboard for foods to add to the leftovers to make it interesting.
When you harness the power of leftovers, you end up throwing away or wasting very little food, which in essence saves you even more money. It also teaches your children the value of food and that its okay to save food, eat leftovers, and use things up.
I am sure there are many adults and kids who would turn their nose up at the idea of eating leftovers, but this is a silly and wasteful approach to life. When kids know how to use, and extend the life of their food, they develop skills and knowledge that will serve them well in their life. They will be the kids who don’t run out of points on their college meal plans. They will be the kids who know how to eat well on a budget. They will be the person in their group of friends that know how to make an awesome meal from scraps when all the roommates are broke. They are developing life skills just by participating in this very benign family value.
How cool is that?!