Frugal Foods: Cheap Eats, Thrifty Menus, Cost Cutting Cooking Tips

Frugal Foods...thrifty cooking, budget menus, cheap eats, money saving kitchen tips, and help for cutting your grocery bill. Follow along with our everyday eating as we share how we eat well for less.

Feb 17, 2019

Spam Lunch Meat: We Enjoy this Classic, Economical Canned Meat Product

I’ve always enjoyed Spam® lunch meat, but what spurred this article was a recent purchase. Spam® generally costs about $2.50 per can. We found some overstock, with a good use-by date, for 50 cents a can. We’ll be enjoying Classic Spam® for a good long time.

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Feb 14, 2019

Each Frugal Food Tip Adds Up to Save You a Bunch on Groceries

A frugal food tip is a little thing. But, it can make a huge difference in how much it costs you to feed your family. Use these hints and see how much easier it is to spend less on groceries.

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Feb 11, 2019

Frugal Foods Tip - Use High Dollar Coupons

Look for and use coupons with a high value. Friday's shopping included using a $10 off coupon. It was a store coupon. The pack of coupons was right there in the meat case, next to the ham. The ham was originally $18.05. With the ten dollars off coupon, we paid less than half price.

Feb 09, 2019

Win Free Watkins Vanilla and More!

Enter to Win Free Watkins Vanilla! It's hard to get more frugal than FREE! We use a lot of Watkins products because their superior quality makes them excellent value--pure extracts and flavorings, organic herbs and seasonings, natural skin care, natural cleaning products, and old-time remedies. Enter to win the monthly drawing for a free assortment of Watkins products valued at $100. There's no purchase required. http://www.ea6779.com

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Jan 24, 2019

Frugal Foods Tip of the Day - Sauce It Up!

A dash or two of seasoning sauce can transform a dish from leftovers to a new meal. Example, a basic rice and ground beef mix -- one day put soy sauce on it, another day put a Mexican sauce on it, and the third day, try a fruity salad dressing.

Jan 22, 2019

Frugal Foods Tip of the Day - Compare within Chains

When comparison shopping grocery stores, compare different locations of the same store chain. The exact neighborhood and the size of the store can make a difference in what products are available, the quality of them, and the prices.

Jan 09, 2019

No Grocery Shopping for a Month - Day 8

The first week of our no grocery shopping challenge is behind us. So far, so good. All we bought for groceries is milk. We still have some fresh produce.

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Jan 08, 2019

No Grocery Shopping for a Month - Day 7

I did some extra prep today that will save me time and money over the next few days. I sauteed an entire family size package of boneless, skinless chicken

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Jan 08, 2019

No Grocery Shopping for a Month - Day 6

My maternal grandparents were German. This menu is typical of what we ate as kids. I grew up in a home where we ate potatoes at least twice a day, sometimes

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Jan 08, 2019

No Grocery Shopping for a Month - Day 5

We went back to town today—specifically to have breakfast out. Yes, we commented as we were pulling out of the drive-way that eating out is one way to

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Jan 08, 2019

No Grocery Shopping for a Month - Day 4

At this job location, Friday is our day to go to town, run errands, and eat out. We usually buy groceries. Today, we only bought milk. Is eating out frugal?

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Jan 06, 2019

No Grocery Shopping for a Month - Day 2

We’ve only been buying groceries once a week. So, the second day of the no grocery shopping challenge went smoothly. It was pretty much cooking as usual--a

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Jan 06, 2019

No Grocery Shopping for a Month - Day 1

The first day of our month-long no food shopping challenge is here! Though, we have such a well-stocked fridge and pantry that it was cooking and eating

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Dec 31, 2018

The No Grocery Shopping Challenge! We’re Eating What We Have on Hand

It’s time for a no grocery shopping challenge. We aren’t going to buy groceries for a month. Instead, we’ll clean out the fridge, the freezer, and the pantry. We’ll clean up, clean out, and be creative. It’s also an excellent way to give the food budget a break!

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Dec 30, 2018

After Christmas Grocery Deals

We often find frugal foods the days immediately following Christmas. Candy, cookies, baking supplies, and holiday foods can be fifty percent or more off

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Dec 28, 2018

Christmas Leftovers Gumbo

Gumbo. Our Christmas leftovers screamed, Gumbo! Ham. Smokey sausage. Shrimp. Krab. Bell peppers and celery. With a package of okra in the freezer, I knew

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Dec 26, 2018

Christmas Leftovers

It’s the day after Christmas and we are having leftovers. We normally cook extra, so there is enough for at least a second meal. We don’t consider those

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Dec 06, 2018

Cleaning the Fridge Inspired Today's Frugal Meals

It’s clean out the fridge and defrost the freezer day. So, burritos for lunch and vegetable beef soup for supper. Burritos and soup have got to be some

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Dec 04, 2018

Cheap Breakfast Ideas

Cheap breakfasts always throw me for a loop. I never know what to fix that my kids will eat. I don't have a lot of time. I need some ideas for foods that

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Dec 03, 2018

Freeze Onions

Can you freeze onions or will they last chopped in a container in the refrigerator for a week? If you can freeze them, do you just put them in raw? I tried

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Nov 25, 2018

Family Dollar Savings

We saved a bunch on groceries yesterday, by shopping at Family Dollar. Some of the items were on our shopping list. Others were staples that we stock up

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Nov 20, 2018

Today's Frugal Food Meals

Today’s frugal meals feature breakfast burritos; hamburger patties; and macaroni and cheese. They were a mix of easy fixes, leftovers, and a doctored up

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Nov 19, 2018

Today's Easy Frugal Foods Meals

Some days, easy does it. Like our breakfast this morning of cold cereal and ready to eat sausages. Which, was followed by a lunch of leftovers. And, ended

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Nov 19, 2018

Make Raw Vegetables a Frugal Choice

Fresh, raw, veggies! They have the reputation of being expensive. But, really, that doesn’t have to be true. The biggest thing we do to save on our produce

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Nov 09, 2018

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – A Classic Frugal Supper

Cream of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Tonight's frugal supper is a classic. Some thrifty meals never go out of style and this easy to fix soup and sandwich staple is one of them.

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Nov 08, 2018

Wine with Dinner: Even Frugal Folks Enjoy a Bottle of Inexpensive Wine

Wine with dinner? We just finished a pleasant meal of spaghetti with meatballs, green beans, garlic bread, and a glass of wine. Having wine with the meal added a lot. It added a more relaxed atmosphere. It added a romantic touch. It made an ordinary meal special.

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Nov 05, 2018

Chicken Breasts – Cook Up a Batch for Frugal Convenience Food

Chicken breasts are one of those foods that look expensive at first glance, but are actually thrifty. Buy a family size bag of them and cook them all up at once. And there you have convenience food!

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Nov 03, 2018

Food and Cooking Tips to Save You Money and Make a Frugal Life Easier

Food and cooking tips you can really use. See how easy it is to be a thrifty cook. Give these frugal hints and thrifty kitchen tips a try. Save money on groceries. Fix easy, great tasting meals.

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Oct 31, 2018

Sea Stick Scampi: An Easy, Frugal Take on Seafood Scampi

Sea Stick Scampi starred as last night's frugal main dish. With leftover pasta, this one comes together in a jiff. It's one of my favorite ways to use imitation crab legs.

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Oct 30, 2018

Chicken Melt Sandwiches: Frugal Leftover Chicken, Gooey with Cheese

Chicken Melt Sandwiches were the mainstay of today's frugal lunch. Grilled and gooey with cheese, they didn't taste frugal or like leftovers. This whole menu was cheap and easy -- and good!

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Sep 26, 2018

Pork Roast and Vegetables: Easy to Fix, Frugal Meat and Potatoes Meal

Pork roast and vegetables star in tonight's frugal dinner. It's especially good when the "meat and potatoes" crew is tired of casseroles. They don't need to know it is any easy to fix, one pot meal.

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Sep 23, 2018

Enchilada Salad Plate – Frugal, Tasty, Healthy, and Easy

Enchilada Salad Plate started with one of those bagged, ready to eat salad kits. We made the most of it by adding Mexican restaurant dinner leftovers. Frugal to the core! Tasty and super healthy, too.

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Sep 22, 2018

Frugal Foods Tip of the Day - Seasonal Veggies

Take advantage of the end of the season vegetables that are available now. Extras can be dehydrated, frozen, or canned for later. Mixed lots often make excellent pickles, relishes, and chow chows.

Sep 10, 2018

Frugal Foods Quote of the Day

There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t, and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will. ~ Robert Frost

Sep 09, 2018

Frugal Foods Quote of the Day

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise ~ Henry David Thoreau

Sep 08, 2018

Frugal Foods Quote of the Day

Go to the farmers market and buy food there. You'll get something that's delicious. It's discouraging that this seems like such an elitist thing. It's not. ~ Alice Waters

Sep 07, 2018

Frugal Foods Quote of the Day

Food is not just eating energy. It's an experience. ~ Guy Fieri

Sep 06, 2018

Frugal Foods Quote of the Day

Food is not about impressing people, it’s about making them feel comfortable. ~ Ina Garten

Sep 05, 2018

Frugal Foods Quote of the Day

To me, breakfast is my most important meal. It's often the meal you play a game on. I make sure I have oatmeal, milk, and fruit. It's the fuel you use to hopefully do your best, so eating right is a big part of being a professional athlete. I wish I paid more attention to it earlier in my life. ~ Andrew Luck

Sep 04, 2018

Frugal Foods Quote of the Day

I don’t like gourmet cooking or “this” cooking or “that” cooking. I like good cooking” ~ James Beard

Sep 03, 2018

Frugal Foods Quote of the Day

I'm frugal. I'm not a very acquisitive woman. I never waste food. If you prepare your own food, you engage with the world, it tastes alive. It tastes good. ~ Vivienne Westwood

Sep 02, 2018

Each Thrifty Food Tip Here Can Free Up Money to Use for Something Else

Put a thrifty food tip to use and watch your food savings grow. The money you save being frugal in the kitchen can be buy other things you need -- or want. Free up those dollars for something else.

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Aug 30, 2018

Corn Chowder: Thick and Satisfying Soup, Topped with Crisp Bacon

Corn chowder. Tonight's frugal supper was steaming hot, richly satisfying chowder. I asked my husband what he'd like that included bacon. I knew before he answered. It's his favorite hearty soup.

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Aug 29, 2018

Frugal Foods Hint - Freeze Bread

One of the joys of homemade bread is that it has no artificial preservatives. That, however, means it will get moldy quickly if left at room temperature. Putting it in the refrigerator will keep it fresh longer -- but it will also dry it out. Bread a little on the dry side is okay for toast, but not so good for sandwiches. The answer is to freeze it overnight, the first day you bake it. Remove it from the freezer the next morning. It will thaw and taste fresh. And, it won't mold nearly as quickly.

Aug 29, 2018

Frugal Foods Hint - Break Between Leftovers

Eating leftovers doesn't mean you have to eat the same thing two days in a row. We routinely cook something today, take a break from it tomorrow, and then eat it again the day.

Aug 29, 2018

Frugal Homemade Convenience - Chicken

Chicken breasts are one of those foods that look expensive at first glance, but are actually thrifty. Buy a family size bag of them and cook them all up at once. And there you have convenience food!

Aug 29, 2018

Thrifty Foods Tip - Use It All

Save parts of food items that you don't eat for other uses -- feeding birds, pet treats, compost pile, or potpourri (citrus rinds, apple peels).

Aug 29, 2018

Frugal Foods Shopping Tip

One way to make your food dollars go further is to stock up on groceries that are on sale. If you are barely getting by, try squeezing in even one or two extra items, such as an extra can of vegetables when they are on sale. If your budget allows, buy an extra case if it is a good sale -- and if it is an item you will use before it goes bad.

Aug 29, 2018

Frugal Breakfast Tip

Grab a couple handfuls of dry cereal to eat first thing in the morning. Or, for a mid-afternoon snack. There's no prep. There are no dishes or other clean-up. It's quick and easy -- and nutritious. We usually opt for Cheerios-style Os or Chex-type squares. Their larger size makes them easy finger foods.

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