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.
Make iced tea easy and cheap. Fill a half gallon jar with water and add four tea bags. Set it outside for a few hours, preferably in the sun. Chill or serve over ice. If you are serving over ice, you may want to add another tea bag to the jar, as the ice will dilute it. Use generic or store brand tea bags, and this costs just a few pennies per jar. If you like if flavored, you can add lemon or lime juice, a little flavoring extract or syrup, or whatever strikes your fancy.
Pot Roast Beef and Vegetable Soup: When we make a beef pot roast with carrots, onions, and potatoes, the last of it goes into making a batch of soup. I dice up whatever meat and veggies are left, and put it in the slow cooker, along with whatever juices accumulated while cooking it. Then, I add additional vegetables and seasonings to fill out the soup, and let it simmer.
It takes a lot longer to cook rice casserole in the Crock Pot Express electric pressure cooker than it does to cook plain rice. Plain rice, I simply hit the Rice button, which is 12 minutes on low pressure. For a rice, chicken, and tomatoes casserole, I upped it to 15 minutes—and the rice was still hard. (I started with cooked chicken, so raw chicken wasn’t an issue.) The Stew button gives a much better result, cooking it on high pressure for about 25 minutes.
Prep peppers. When I buy fresh peppers, I like to clean them and get them ready for use right away. With mild peppers, such as bells, I quarter them and remove the stem, seeds, and white pith. Then, I cut a slice off the top and the bottom. Those irregular shaped top and bottom pieces go into stir fries, soups, and other cooked dishes. The remaining large slabs of pepper get sliced into neat strips, which we eat raw at meals and as snacks. I do the same with jalapenos. I like to prep hotter peppers in advance, too, but those we don’t eat raw!
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.
Cook up a large batch of potatoes. Use them throughout the week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We slice or cube them to fry for breakfast, or grate for hash browns. They are the staple side dish with most any meat and vegetables meal. I also use them in soups, burrito fillings, and salads.
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
Food is not just eating energy. It's an experience. ~ Guy Fieri
Simple breakfasts can be tasty, quick and easy, and thrifty. Here are a couple of examples:
~ Slice of cheese, apple, whole wheat crackers, and milk. ~ Handful of peanuts, banana, graham crackers, and milk.
Three tea bags added to a large juice-bottle of water, and set in the sun for a few hours makes a cheap beverage. Tea bags cost only a few cents each. This is even cheaper than drinking water—if you would otherwise be buying bottled water. We are often in areas where the water is safe to drink, but we don’t care for the flavor. Making tea with it masks it. Although you can get special ice tea jars, we just recycle a half gallon juice bottle or pickle jar.
Asparagus season is here, and that means huge savings on this spring veggie. It's good for us. It's tasty. But, oh, out of season it is terribly spendy. But, right now, the local grocery store--Kroger--has it on sale for only 99 cents a pound!
Fried apples, caramelized with a drizzle of pancake syrup and a little butter. Yum! My husband likes something sweet for breakfast. These fried apples
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
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.
Franks to the rescue! Keep a package of wieners handy in the freezer. They can fill in for breakfast sausage, a quick snack, or meat with a meal. While not the best nutritionally, they get points for being cheap, easy, quick to fix, versatile, keep well in fridge or freezer, and most people like them.
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.
Thrifty food tips are little nuggets of info, hints to help you spend less on food. You can eat well, and have easy, nutritious meals, and not spend a fortune at the grocery store. These will help.
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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.
Recrisp potato chips, tortilla chips, corn chips, crackers, pretzels, and similar snacks in the microwave. Spread about two cups of chips onto a plate or shallow dish. Microwave for about one minute. Let them cool for a couple minutes before eating. Microwaves differ a lot, so check the time after about 30 seconds to make sure they aren’t starting to burn. If your microwave doesn’t have a rotating plate, when you check them at 30 seconds, give the dish half a turn.
Frozen pizza is a menu staple for weekend suppers. We buy the cheap kind or what's on sale, and add toppings. It's a tasty, frugal alternative to take out or delivery pizza, and just as fast and easy.
This halibut dinner includes herbed fish, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. The fish and sweet potatoes come out of the entertainment budget. From the food budget perspective, they are free food.
Frugal food tips to help you spend less on groceries. Hints to cut your grocery expenses and keep more money in your pocket. Each tip can save you money.
Use these money saving food tips to spend less. Little savings here and there really add up. Try these hints and helps and see how much easier it is cut your food budget.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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!
We often find frugal foods the days immediately following Christmas. Candy, cookies, baking supplies, and holiday foods can be fifty percent or more off
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.