No Grocery Shopping for a Month - Day 6

My German Heritage Shows in Today’s Meals
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Frugal German Lunch - Potatoes, Sausage, and Kraut

Frugal German Lunch - Potatoes, Sausage, and Kraut

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 three times. Back then, both the sausage and the sauerkraut were apt to be homemade. I buy them at the store—when they are on sale!

Today’s Frugal Foods Breakfast

Oatmeal, with a dried mix of tropical fruit. Topped with milk, pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar. We also had fried Spam. And, milk. We’re not being very creative with breakfast. It is hard to find a breakfast food that is more frugal than good old rolled oats—what we call “oatmeal.” (If you are thinking it odd that growing up in a German household we ate dried tropical fruit—we didn’t. As kids, we put raisins, chopped prunes, or diced apples( in our oatmeal.)

Today’s Frugal Lunch

Baked potato with butter and sour cream, a smoked link sausage, and sauerkraut. And, milk. As for thriftiness, everything at this meal was bought on sale. The store had 15 pound bags of potatoes on sale for less than the 10-pound bags—not just less per pound, but less for the entire bag. The sausage was on a discontinued clearance sale, and we bought all that they had.

Today’s Frugal Foods Supper

Homemade soup with vegetables, noodles, and rice. Yes, this was a mix of odds and ends that were in the refrigerator. Served with Honeycrisp apple slices. And, milk. For dessert, we had amaretto liqueur cake that we bought at Aldi before Christmas.


More of those Christmas chocolates!

Yours in thriftiness,

P.S. I love shopping at the Aldi grocery stores. Their prices are, across the board, generally cheaper than other stores. The stores aren’t fancy. They don’t offer many choices of the same food item—perhaps they will only have one brand (their house brand) of green beans. But, they do have a wide selection of different types of foods, including specialty items that we don’t find anywhere else. And, incidentally, Aldi is a German company, and they have divine cakes and pastries before Christmas.

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