Published Winter 2014
With a little forethought and planning, you can implement some helpful year-round money saving tips in anticipation of Pesach.
To assess your budget, ask yourself:- What do I typically spend on groceries per month?
– What did I spend for Pesach last year?
– What are the specifics of this year’s Pesach plans?
– Will I be eating meals at home or eating out?
– Will I have more expenses because I am entertaining guests?
– What can I afford this year?
– How can I cut back on expenses a month or two prior to Pesach?
– What can I live without?
Decide on your menu, taking into account where chol hamoed falls out on the calendar, as well as fleishig/milchig meals. Be sure to make a list before you go shopping. Hopefully, you can refer to your post-Pesach notes from the previous year to remind you of your ever-changing Pesach needs. These could include:
– Number of boxes of matzah, matzah meal, cake meal, and potato starch used
– Number of bottles of wine needed
– Popular brands
– Amount of milk used
– Amount of chicken used
– Amount of produce needed
– Number of eggs used
– Products that were not eaten the previous year and are not needed this year
– Unpopular recipes not to be repeated
– Overbought or under-bought items from the previous year
For more money-saving tips, see the STAR-K 2016 Passover Directory.